At the Canadian Grand Prix Mercedes showed exactly why they have become such a major force in Formula 1, as they bounced back from the disappointment of Monaco, to deliver a significant blow to their arch-rivals Ferrari.
Race winner Lewis Hamilton was alien-like as he delivered an Ayrton Senna record matching pole winning lap of the highest order, then went on to dominate the race. Winning it for a sixth time. Lewis was again mega in Montreal.
Valtteri Bottas did what was required to score the team’s first one-two of the season, at a venue where they expected to struggle.
Instead it was Ferrari who fumbled. Both drivers botched the start, Sebastian Vettel incurred damage and was forced to pit early. Thereafter he drove a remarkable race through the field to finish fourth. Kimi Raikkonen was seventh.
Daniel Ricciardo kept out of trouble to take the final spot on the podium, while his teammate was in the limelight until his car expired.
There was also a battle between the men in pink, homeboy Lance Stroll scoring his first points and a host of juicy bits, including – of course – the Ayrton Senna helmet gifted to Lewis at the end of qualy. We have it all well covered in this issue.
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