Lewis Hamilton lead from start to finish to claim a dominant race win, with Sebastian Vettel staging a strong comeback to finish 4th.
Although Hamilton got a good start from pole, it was Verstappen who caught the eye of everyone as he barged his way into P2, taking some of Vettel’s front wing off with him. The start would not go without further incident, with Sainz sliding into Massa after contact with Grosjean on the straight. This deployed the safety car.
Vettel was the first to pit to change his front wing on lap 5. Hamilton extended his lead over Verstappen. It was then disastrous for the young Dutchman, whose battery failed meaning he was out of the race from an impressive 2nd place. The order at the front was Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Perez and Raikkonen.
Vettel started his charge through the field, while Magnussen, Stroll and Hulkenburg were all together lower down. Raikkonen was the first to blink and pitted for the super-soft tyre. Ricciardo followed him soon after for the soft tyre. It wasn’t clear whether the tyres would make it to the end. Perez nearly completed the overcut on Ricciardo, but exited just behind.
At the front, it was easy for the Mercedes. Bottas was the first to pit, soon followed by Hamilton. Bottas came out in 3rd behind Ocon, who was doing an amazing job in the Force India. Stroll made a mistake at the hairpin, allowing Hulkenburg through for 10th place. Ocon eventually came into the pits, but fell behind teammate Perez and Raikkonen.
Kvyat was slapped with a 10 second penalty as well as a drive through for an infringement on the warm-up lap. Then, surprisingly, Raikkonen pitted again for the ultra-soft tyre, looking to make an impression on Force India and Ricciardo. Vettel followed his teammate into the pits, also fitting the ultra-softs when he was right behind the podium battle.
It then became fiery at Force India. Ocon wanted to get passed Perez to have a go at Ricciardo, but Perez was having none of it. Vettel then was 2 seconds behind Raikkonen, until Kimi went straight on at the chicane, sighting an extreme brake problem. Hamilton then stunned the field, setting the fastest lap of the race on used super-softs.
The last few laps provided excitement. Ricciardo was holding on to P3, while Perez was holding up both Ocon and Vettel. It came back to bite Force India as Vettel got passed both Ocon and Perez into P4. His move on Ocon especially was excellent.
At the front, it was an imperious Hamilton that took his 3rd Canadian Grand Prix in a row- and cut the gap at the top of the championship to 12 points. Bottas had a quiet race in 2nd, with Ricciardo holding on for the final podium spot. Despite going side by side at the final chicane, Perez just kept ahead of the clearly unhappy Ocon.
- Alonso (DNF)
- Kvyat (DNF)
- Verstappen (DNF)
- Massa (DNF)
- Sainz (DNF)
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