Hamilton: Canadian GP "a great blow to Ferrari"

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Hamilton: Canadian GP

Winning pole position at one of his favourite races was a thrill for Lewis Hamilton, but being presented afterward with a helmet once worn by his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna had the defending Canadian Grand Prix champion almost in tears.

Although Lewis Hamilton acknowledges that Ferrari will still be "be very hard to beat", he was delighted to close the gap to Sebastian Vettel in Canada.

The Briton is arguably the best driver of his generation and he proved it in style by grabbing the Grand Prix title beating the second placed Valtteri Bottas with a staggering lead of 20 seconds. "Ayrton, I know for many of you was your favourite driver and it was the same for me".

"Montreal has been so good to me all these years".

"But I lost the vehicle a bit in Turn 2, I was on the back foot already, losing two tenths out of the second corner", Vettel added.

In that endeavour he was assisted by the opening lap appearance of the Safety Car, due to a collision between Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean's Haas.

"I had my first pole here, I had my first win here 10 years ago - so to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special", added Hamilton.

Despite the win, Hamilton is still behind Vettel in the Driver Standings.

"It's been such an incredible weekend". "I really have to thank my team for making this possible".

"Wow, I am shaking.I am speechless", an emotional Hamilton said after being presented with Senna's helmet.

The 18-year-old Stroll, on the grid for the first time before his home fans, finished for only the third time in seven races this season and achieved his goal of earning his first points at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he watched the race with family as a child.

It was deemed a racing incident but it left the championship leader limping and while he tried to stay out, he was forced to pit early that ended his chances of challenging for the win. "Maybe Monaco they were struggling a bit more in terms of pace, but everywhere else we went it's unfair to say that one was quicker than the other". Red Bull will make up the third row with young Dutchman Max Verstappen qualifying fifth alongside Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

With the Force India cars battling with each other, Vettel overtook Ocon in the 66th lap and then, after leaving the track in a chicane, passed Perez as well. "When he was sixth, l was like "oh that's great", then he was fifth and l was like "oh l hope he stays there" and then he was fourth and l was 'oh darn l hope he doesn't get any higher!'"

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