Lewis Hamilton returns to winning ways

Lewis Hamilton returned to winning ways as he held off Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the Canadian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton returns to winning ways

The reigning world champion had missed out as Rosberg won in Spain and Monaco, with the latter victory handed to the German on a platter after a bad pit-stop call for Hamilton.

But the Brit was better than his title rival in Montreal as he recorded his fourth win at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, with Rosberg finishing a close second and Valtteri Bottas of Williams taking the final step on the podium.

Pointing his car to cover off Rosberg at the start, Hamilton got off well from pole position as everyone got through the opening corners without incident.

He then kept Rosberg at bay as the pair once again flexed their muscles to finish well clear of the rest of the pack.

The 37th win of his career moves Hamilton 17 points clear of Rosberg at the head of the drivers’ championship and he was pleased to pick up the win after the trials in Monte Carlo.

Sebastian Vettel, who is third in the championship, was no doubt the driver of the day as he went from 18th on the grid to finish fifth for Ferrari. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had started third but lost out to Bottas and had to settle for fourth, with former Ferrari man Felipe Massa also progressing well through the field to take sixth for Williams.

Pastor Maldonado scored his first points of the season for Lotus as he came home seventh, with Romain Grosjean in 10th making it a good day for the team, while Nico Hulkenberg finished eighth for Force India and Red Bull scored minor points with Daniil Kvyat’s ninth-place.

It certainly was not that way for the struggling McLaren outfit, with both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button forced to retire after the former had hit out at the ongoing issues for the team over team radio before recording his third straight retirement.

Button, who started at the back of the grid having sat out qualifying due to engine issues, served a drive-through penalty at the end of the opening lap having been hit with penalties for changing several key components in his McLaren.

Vettel, who was also at the wrong end of the field after technical problems in qualifying and a five-place penalty for a practice session misdemeanour, enjoyed a good start but came in at the end of lap seven as they tried a different strategy to the cars in front. However, a slow stop saw him drop to the back of the field.

He then ran over the curbs at the final turn as Alonso defended his 15th place, with the McLaren man eventually having to yield before the Spaniard hit out at his own team when asked to go into fuel-saving mode.

Hamilton came in at the end of lap 29 with Rosberg running wide at turn 10, but he still managed to close to within two and a half seconds of the leader after their respective first stops. The winner of the last two grands prix, Rosberg started to reel in Hamilton as he managed to switch on the soft compound tyres quicker than his title rival.

He was prevented from attacking Hamilton, however, as he was instructed to look after his brakes for 10 laps due to critical wear. It was Rosberg’s compatriot Vettel who was by far the quickest man on the track at that point, setting fastest laps following his second stop and moving up into the points.

Vettel continued his progression as he bullied his way past Hulkenberg, who spun as he avoided making contact with the Ferrari. Grosjean was hit with a five-second time penalty after pulling in front of Will Steven’s Manor whilst lapping but he did hang on to the final point.

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