After technical issues left Hamilton unable to fight for the lead during the Monaco grand prix, he was back to his usual winning form this weekend in Canada. He took pole the previous day, equally his childhood hero, Ayrton Senna, with 65 career poles.
His Mercedes team mate, Valtteri Bottas, was almost 20 seconds behind him, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo fended off Ferrari’s and Force India’s to remain in third.
This Mercedes 1-2, their first of the season, puts them ahead of Ferrari in the constructors championship.
50 years after the first race in Canada, the lights went out once again. Verstappen had, arguably, the best start of anyone, blasting to 2nd in only one corner. He was prevents from battling for the lead by a safety car, caused by a collision between a spinning Sainz and an unlucky Massa.
Vettel, starting in second, also faced damage as Hamilton clipped his front wing. The pit stop needed to fix this issue pushed Vettel towards the back of the grid.
11 laps after his blistering start, Verstappen retired from the race with a battery issue, giving him his third non-finish in the last five races.
The fourth retirement of the race came from Kyvat who, 20 laps previously, had been told by his engineer to “watch [his] words” after cursing over the radio. His frustrations were caused, in part, by a 10-second stop and go penalty from the stewards. While serving this, it was confirmed that he was retiring from the race.
In the closing stages of the race, the two Force India’s found themselves chasing Ricciardo for the podium. Ocon, sitting behind team mate Perez, asked his engineer to give team orders which would allow him to fight for third place. As Vettel closed in on the pair, powering his way from the back of the grid to finish fourth, Perez remained ahead of Ocon who later stated that his “time will come”.
Two laps before the end of the race, Alonso, who had been sitting in the top ten for most of the race, retired due to an engine failure.
Stroll, however, had more luck, scoring his first points at his first home race. After the race, he stated that this result “feels so good in so many ways”.
While on the podium, Bottas stated that the 1-2 result, was “really needed”. Niki Lauda, added that his team were “back to the good old days” with this fantastic result.
Ricciardo, on the other hand, felt he had a “tough race” which he only enjoyed “when [he] saw the chequered flag.” This, however, didn’t stop him from displaying his famous “shoey” celebration on the podium. Team Principle, Horner, was quick to show his appreciation to his team and drivers, stating that “we’ve made real progress here this weekend”.
The grid will next be in action on the streets of Baku on Friday 23rd June.
—Charlotte Andrews, Correspondent (Sports)