Hamilton secures pole in Canada

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

"Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this vehicle moving forward, which I think is really going to make a difference in winning this championship".

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44), of Britain, drives through the Senna corner to lead the Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Montreal.

Hamilton's afternoon stroll was made all that much easier when Vettel, who started alongside the Mercedes man on the front row, was left fighting for fourth on the short dash to turn one.

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"I don't think we've completely got rid of all the issues we have", he said. "It's been a tricky beginning of the season, we've known that we're capable of doing it but there's just been so much stuff in the way of being able to just get points".

Vettel was fourth, an impressive finish after his right front wing was clipped by Max Verstappen at the start.

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Red Bull driver Ricciardo, who qualified sixth fastest, had a tough race as he was forced to fend off the challenge of Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon over the last 15 laps.

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"I had my first win here and my first pole", Hamilton said.

"I was really able to absorb the moment and enjoy driving the vehicle". "We're all in it together, bad days and good days".

"Twelve points is definitely way better than 25". "Maybe in Monaco they were struggling a bit more in terms of pace but everywhere else, it would be unfair to say one was quicker than the other".

Vettel was not particularly slow out of the starting blocks, but as Valtteri Bottas dived underneath the German, and then Verstappen raced around the outside, the driver who had finished either first or second at every round of the season so far was suddenly on the back foot.

"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".

"I had my first pole here, my first win here 10 years ago".

"The wind was throwing the vehicle around quite a lot and that was tricky", said Ricciardo, who has finished third in three straight races.

Canadian teenage rookie Lance Stroll answered some of his critics by scoring his first points in Formula One for Williams, crossing the line in ninth place to the cheers of a sell-out home crowd.

"To bounce back in this way shows the calibre of the group that we have in the team, but the secret to this weekend was to keep the ball flat, stay calm, analyse our problems and come up with solutions".

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