Lewis Hamilton: I was day-dreaming about 2007 during Canadian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain leads the pack at the start at the Canadian Grand Prix auto race Sunday

Lewis Hamilton took a sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory Sunday to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel in the Formula 1 world championship race.

"You are always in need of weekends like this", Hamilton said. "Every year the energy grows! I remember coming home from school and putting on the videotape of Ayrton, so it's really odd to think that I'm here and I have that many poles". "I am just over the moon". It was our first one-two finish of the year and in terms of ultimate points, it was the most powerful weekend we have had and maximised.

"I would have liked some more laps to finish on the podium, the trophy here looked nice. that was my target and I missed it".

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Canadian Grand Prix as dramatic action behind allowed him to cut Sebastian Vettel's title lead to 12 points.

Vettel climbed back through the field up to sixth and began to apply pressure to the battling Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who were trying to hunt down Ricciardo in third.

At the third corner Romain Grosjean, and Carlos Sainz got into a tangle, which resulted in Sainz's Toro Rosso spearing across the track, clipping the Williams of Felipe Massa and hitting the wall.

The race delivered immediate drama.

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton was overjoyed to take such a comprehensive win in Canada on Sunday, after the previous round in Monaco left the triple world champion and the German squad puzzled as to why they were so below par on performance.

The new twist: Valtteri Bottas was second, the first 1-2 finish for the Mercedes teammates since they joined forces this season.

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". He inspired me to be where I am today. But for Hamilton and Mercedes while closing the points gap was welcomed, of real import was that the team appear to have addressed the issues that have been making their vehicle hard to manage.

Verstappen lasted just 20 laps despite jumping from fourth to second at the start.

Vettel's Ferrari team were also slow on the uptake after they failed to spot the German had sustained damage until the safety auto - deployed after Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa crashed out on the opening lap - pitted and the race resumed.

Vettel finished just six-tenths behind third-placed Daniel Ricciardo and reckoned he was one lap short of the podium, as he finished outside the top two for the first time in 2017.

That brought out the safety vehicle for four laps but Ferrari waited until the restart on lap five to bring in Vettel and change his front wing and fit a set of super-soft tyres.

Hamilton's best lap in a blazing, course-record one minute 11.459 seconds on Saturday earned the 65th pole position of his 11-year career, tying him with Senna for second place all-time, three behind Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher. Driving like a man possessed, he salvaged fourth place with two laps remaining.

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