Lewis Hamilton cruised to his third Canadian Grand Prix victory in a row and his sixth overall, while Canadian rookie Lance Stroll finished ninth to win his first Formula One points on Sunday.
A first-lap mishap that damaged the two Ferraris made it an easy day for the Mercedes AMG team, with Hamilton taking the chequered flag and teammate Valterri Bottas safely in second place.
Daniel Ricciardo held third place for Red Bull ahead of F1 leader Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Force India’s Sergio Pewrez and Esteban Ocon were fifth and sixth with Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari seventh.
It was Hamilton’s third win in seven races this season and closed the gap in drivers’ standings with Vettel, who battled back after being dropped to the back early on.
Mishaps at the start put Hamilton and Bottas home free in what had been expected to be a tight race with the Ferraris, who were coming off a one-two finish two weeks ago in Monaco.
Vettel fell from second the fourth off the start as his Ferrari was clipped by Verstappen. The German was forced to the pits with a damaged front wing and dropped to the back. But on lap 11, Verstappen’s Red Bull died at the side of the track, ending his day and leaving Hamilton and Bottas alone in front.
Ferrari reported that Raikkonen had balance problems after going on to the grass during the first-lap mess.
A minute of silence was held before the race in honour of victims of the recent terrorist attack in London.
-(Inputs- The Canadian Press)