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Hamilton wins a chaotic Canadian GP

First 1-2 for Mercedes as Vettel finishes fourth

Lewis Hamilton had a Grand Slam finish at the Canadian GP after qualifying on pole on Saturday. The three times world champion also set the fastest lap in the race as his championship rival struggled at the start, losing several places after qualifying second.

Verstappen had a great start and managed to gain three places before the second corner after qualifying fifth. Sadly, he could not capitalise on the position as his Red Bull faced ERS issues. Ricciardo on the other hand finished third having to keep a tab on the Force India of Perez for most part of the race.

Vettel’s front wing got clipped at C2 after Verstappen made his brave move to pass three cars at once. As a result, the German had to pit early and also change his wing, which took some extra time but he managed a great finish after gaining 14 places in the end, ending up fourth. Unfortunately, Raikkonen had a forgettable race and had to resort to seventh place as he faced issues with setting up to the correct engine mode.

It was a great day for Ocon who showed respectable pace and was clearly faster than his team mate. Perez was asked to give way by Force India, but he denied Ocon of any opportunity whatsoever to fight for the podium. The duo managed to finish fifth and sixth, with Perez leading the Frenchman.

It was regular fare for McLaren as both the drivers managed to stay out of points finish and Alonso failed to see the chequered flag, yet again.

The F1 circus now heads to Baku, Azerbaijan as Vettel still leads the championship by 12 points.

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