The 2017 edition of the Canadian Grand Prix will surely remain etched in Lewis Hamilton's memory for a long time. Not only because the Englishman achieved his sixth triumph at the Montreal circuit - it was also the third in a row - but because the pole position he achieved on Saturday allowed him to equal the 65 achieved by the Brazilian Ayrton Senna, his idol.
But the most special thing about the Saturday day was what he received after dominating the timed run: a replica of the helmet that Ayrton used to achieve his first triumph at the Monaco GP 30 years ago. The gift came from the hands of Senna's own family, something that makes it unique.
“Ayrton was the favorite driver of many and he was mine too. He was the one who inspired me to be where I am today. Matching it is a great honor. Of all the trophies I have, this helmet is now the best; I can only say thank you, ”said a visibly excited Hamilton.
On Sunday the three-time champion was in charge of giving the perfect end to the weekend with a resounding victory from end to end. And to the joy of Mercedes, second place went to Finn Valtteri Bottas, who thus completed the first double of the year for the German team. The last step of the podium was for Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), who was never a problem for the Silver Arrows drivers.
Depending on the championship, things went better for Hamilton than for Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari). Although the German started second behind the British, he came fourth to the first corner and there his car trunk was broken by a touch with the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who laps later abandoned due to mechanical failures when he was second . The incident forced Vettel into an early pit stop that left him with no option to fight for the win. Nonetheless, Seb made a run: he came in 18th and finished fourth after an intense final battle with Mexican Sergio Pérez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon, both from Force India. In this way, he maintains the first place in the championship, although with a 12-point advantage over Hamilton.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwL19BaHY2w[/embedyt]
In two weeks the Maxima will be back in action with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. And the question is worth: Will Hamilton continue to be inspired or will Vettel put things in their place?
CLASSIFICATION (70 laps)
1. Lewis Hamilton (ING / Mercedes), 1h33m05s154
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 19s783
3. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull) at 35s297
4. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) at 35s907
5. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India) at 40s476
6. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India) at 40s716
7. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 58s632
8. Nico Hulkenberg (ALE / Renault) at 1m00s374
9. Lance Stroll (CAN / Williams) 1 round.
10. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas) 1 round.
AVERAGE: 196,767 km / h. LAP RECORD: Hamilton (64th) in 1m14s551 at 210,589 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Vettel, 141 points; 2) Hamilton, 129; 3) Bottas, 93; 4) Räikkönen, 73; 5) Ricciardo, 67; 6) Verstappen, 45; 7) Pérez, 44; 8) Ocon, 27; 9) Sainz, 25; 10) Massa, 20. NEXT DATE: the 25/6, GP of Azerbaijan.