Lewis Hamilton admitted he enjoyed a "stroll in the park" and had time to reflect on memories of earlier successes as he raced to victory for Mercedes in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. But the silver cars were right up there and the laptimes pointed to another close, hard-fought battle between Ferrari and Mercedes, Vettel and Hamilton.
The Briton is arguably the best driver of his generation and he proved it in style by grabbing the Grand Prix title beating the second placed Valtteri Bottas with a staggering lead of 20 seconds. "It's a long race here, especially when you're out there on your own, but I knew the vehicle would hold together and it did perfectly". He came out behind Raikkonen after his final stop but passed his teammate on lap 61 after the "The Ice Man", forced to settle for a distant seventh, went straight on at the final chicane.
After an up-and-down season to-date, Hamilton started the day 25 points behind the Drivers' Standings leader but his victory - coupled with Vettel's - has brought him to within 12 points of the lead.
With this win, Hamilton has so far won 56 race championships.
"I really feel welcome when I come to Canada", said Hamilton.
The Mercedes AMG ace will start on the front row at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday alongside his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel labelled himself as "a bit unfortunate" after picking up front-wing damage on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix. The battle ahead of him was fierce as well: both Force India drivers were on the radio trying to convince their team it was in their best interest to put them, rather than their teammate, in front to attempt to pass Ricciardo.
"I think coming back to that group at the end of the race", Vettel said.
"They have been very quick".
When Bottas too went into the pits on lap 23, Esteban Ocon managed to take his Force India into the second position and stayed there, until his first pit stop on lap 32.
"It's always a great thing for a team to achieve a 1-2", Hamilton explained. Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh in the second Ferrari ahead of German Nico Huelkenberg of Renault, with local hero and teenage rookie Lance Stroll of Canada taking ninth for William's and Frenchman Romain Grosjean 10th for Haas.
Hamilton led from pole to flag in a flawless race but significantly - after a hard weekend at the last round in Monaco, where he struggled to find the right setup and could finish only in seventh - he and the team had their auto hooked up from the off in Montreal. The triple world champion finished the race almost 20s clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who sealed a comfortable one-two. "My fifth time racing here and third up on the podium, so it's been a good place for me". He said " I think I am in great form and it showed in my performance this weekend. "It doesn't mean it's going to be like that every time, but I think we learned a lot", said Hamilton.