Lewis Hamilton: Canadian Grand Prix result a 'great blow' to Ferrari

Friday, 16 Jun, 2017

"I am proud of you for doing that", Hamilton said before Stewart, star of stage and screen, replied: "I don't care". "Every year the energy grows!"

The pole, which left him three adrift of Schumacher's all-time record of 68, came 10 years on from the first of his Formula One career at the same track with McLaren in his rookie 2007 season. "Hard to say. I think Mercedes was very strong in the race by the looks of it, but then they had a completely different race, they were untouched and could control the race, then it's a different story with tires as well".

"We've understood the tyres, utilized the tyres a lot better this weekend, but I think there's still things we've understood but that you can't just fix in two weeks".

"It's been an wonderful weekend, so I just feel very grateful".

Bottas said: "As a team we really needed this one-two to get the points and I am very proud of this team and what they have done since Monaco". "I had a bit of a lock-up but I knew there was an opportunity and I dived in".

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel believed a podium finish was possible in Canada after losing a significant haul of points to rival Lewis Hamilton in the title race.

German Vettel finished fourth after his Ferrari suffered a damaged front wing in a collision on the opening lap when he was passed by the aggressive Dutch teenager Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

Verstappen retired early with a mechanical problem following his blistering start, while Force India pair Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon battled each other for fifth and sixth place. "Lewis delivered a stellar performance this weekend with a pole lap that was nearly scary when you watch the onboard, and then a totally dominant race".

Lewis Hamilton's sensational record at the Canadian Grand Prix continued as he took a huge bite out of Sebastian Vettel's lead in the Formula One drivers' standings.

Despite coming to one of his favourite circuits, Hamilton went into the weekend with more questions than answers about the Monaco meltdown but Sunday provided plenty of comfort.

"I don't think in the five years I've been with the team, they have pulled together so well and really work towards the same cause".

"Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this auto moving forward, which I think is really going to make a difference in winning this championship". 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. "I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that's how we finished and what is done is done", said Vettel.

Vettel had a mishap on turn two on his final fast lap or he may have had a chance to nip Hamilton for the pole.

The incident capped a manic first lap in which Romain Grosjean's tangle with Carlos Sainz sent the Spaniard into an uncontrollable, and high-speed spin, which resulted in him swiping out Felipe Massa. TV replays showed that the fast-starting Verstappen had nicked the nose of the Ferrari at Turn One, but the stewards took no action.