Lewis Hamilton cruised to his third Canadian Grand Prix victory in a row and his sixth overall, while Canadian rookie Lance Stroll finished ninth to win his first Formula One points on Sunday. Mercedes got back ahead in the constructors' standings with their first 1-2 finish of the season, while Räikkönen could only manage seventh after a brake issue struck in the closing stages of the race.
And seeing the yellow helmet brought back memories of his childhood in Britain, where he would pop in videotapes of Senna's races and say, "That's my driver".
It promoted Bottas back up to second, a place he would only sacrifice briefly when he pitted and the Force India of Esteban Ocon stayed out longer on his first stint.
"It's a bit hard to read - I think Mercedes were very strong in the race, but it's also a different story when you can control the race, the pace, the tyres. It's a long race here, especially when you're out there on your own, but I knew the auto would hold together and it did perfectly".
Hamilton arrived in Montreal 25 points behind the Ferrari driver after a wretched weekend in Monaco where he struggled with set-up and tyres. They were very quick down the straights, and then when you have phenomenon of cars behind each other, all giving each other a tow, and you're at the back end, it's not easy to create something.
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"[Mercedes] did such great work, analysing where we went wrong, all the points - this is where we went wrong and this is what we need to do to fix it - it was just fantastic teamwork", Hamilton said. I was very busy for most of the race which I enjoyed, which was fun, it was good racing.
"I wanted that podium but I didn't get it", he said. "I can't believe that it came together so well", he said.
It was the three-time champion's sixth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve-where he claimed his maiden triumph in 2007-as well as his third this season and the 56th of his career. "I had a bit of a poor position, I need to have a look, maybe I could have done better". However, with Bottas also attacking Vettel on the inside on Turn 1, the Ferrari driver was in a fix and ended up damaging front wing against the Red Bull's rear wheel.
Vettel quickly set about chasing down the pink duo ahead and he got the better of Ocon at turn one, coming down the inside and forcing him wide. Instead he pit for fresh rubber, knowing full well his opponents wouldn't have to, gambling that he would be able to make up the loss in time and then overtake them in the 20 laps that remained.
His veteran teammate Felipe Massa was seventh in qualifying.