Britain's Lewis Hamilton triumphed "with ease" in the Canadian Grand Pix on Sunday held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. As the two Ferraris went to attack the Force Indias of Perez and Ocon ahead of them, the question was whether Ferrari would tell Raikkonen to let Vettel through, but the problem solved itself when Raikkonen appeared to make a mistake and had to go down the escape road, allowing Vettel to pass him. "He (Hamilton) was the better man today but I am not entirely happy", said the German, victor of three of six races so far, compared to Hamilton's two. Montreal has been good to me over the years. The out of control Toro Rosso came back across the the track at the next right hander and collected the blameless Felipe Massa, sending the Williams into the barrier.
Hamilton escaped a chaotic start to the race as the chasing pack converged at the first corner. He still loses out to Hamilton in the championship standings and his lead was cut by half to just 12 points. With the Azerbaijan Grand Prix up next, the three-time world champion will be hoping to get the better of Vettel again but a point to note here is that Hamilton struggled here last season.
The safety auto came out on the opening lap when, on the first turn, Romain Grosjean's Haas nudged Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso, which plowed into the side of Massa's Williams.
Hamilton's third victory of the 2017 season after a performance to forget in Monaco saw him trim Sebastian Vettel's world championship lead to 12 points after his key title rival battled back to finish a hard day in fourth.
Williams rookie Lance Stroll had a disappointing outing before a home crowd at his first Canadian GP.
In the end the Force India drivers were ambushed by a charging Vettel, who had stormed his way back up the order to salvage fourth place. The stewards said they would look at it after the race.
"I had my first pole here, I had my first win here 10 years ago - so to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special", added Hamilton. "I came up a lap short".
The two-time world champion described the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo as damage limitation but it was his title rival who had to play that role today after Max Verstappen damaged the German's front wing in Turn One on the very first lap. The German was forced to the pits with a damaged front wing and dropped to the back. "Seeing the Ferrari further back, I thought, 'That's fantastic for us'". A promising result was snatched from McLaren on the penultimate lap as Alonso pulled over, retiring from the race with engine failure. Perez finished fifth while Ocon was sixth.