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Lewis Hamilton slashes deficit at top of F1 championship with Canadian GP win

• Briton led throughout after qualifying in pole position
• Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finishes fourth

Always a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton, the Canadian Grand Prix was once again conquered by the British driver but his skill was rewarded to a much greater extent than merely claiming his sixth win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. While Hamilton led from pole to flag in a race in which he never relinquished control and followed the Mercedes team’s plan to perfection, his Formula One world championship rival Sebastian Vettel endured a trying afternoon from which he did well to manage a strong comeback. But it remained a major blow, the German’s fourth-place finish cutting his 25-point advantage over Hamilton to 12.

Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two, their first of the season, his team-mate Valtteri Bottas finishing second with the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo third. Ferrari had been stymied almost from the start. Vettel suffered damage on the opening lap and was forced to play catch-up while his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen, lost places off the grid and had to adopt an alternate strategy, managing to finish only seventh.

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