Mercedes star Hamilton happy to dent Sebastian Vettel's title chances with victory in Canadian GP

Britain’s Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Canadian GP at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday. Pic/AFPBritain's Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Canadian GP at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday. Pic/AFP

Lewis Hamilton believes he has dealt a major blow to Sebastian Vettel's championship challenge after storming to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

On the anniversary of his very first victory here at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve a decade ago, Hamilton slashed Vettel's 25-point advantage in the title race to just 12. Vettel's afternoon was scuppered by a first-corner incident with Max Verstappen which forced him to stop for a new front wing, and with it, fall to the back of the field.

The Ferrari driver recovered to finish fourth while Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second to complete Mercedes' first one-two finish of the season. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed the final spot on the podium. But this was Hamilton's day and the perfect retort after he toiled to only seventh at the Monaco GP a fortnight ago.

Hamilton - still fresh from sealing the 65th pole position of his career which drew him level with the tally of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna - led every lap in a masterful display at a track which has been so kind to him over the years.

"It has been an incredible weekend and I couldn't be happier," Hamilton said after recording his sixth win in Canada. "The team came away from Monaco scratching their hands, but everyone just wanted to work and pull together, which we did.

"I don't think in the five years at this team, they have pulled together so well, really work towards the same cause, and to understand the car. To come here and to deliver what we have delivered is a great blow to the Ferraris."