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Canadian GP: Top 10 quotes after race

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Canadian GP: Top 10 quotes after race
Jun 11, 2017, 7:38 PM

Lewis Hamilton took his 56th career victory today - his sixth at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, and third of the 2017 season

Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates on the podium, the trophy
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 and race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrate on the podium, the champagne
Podium: Patrick Stewart, does a Shoey, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H leaves his pit stop after a front wing change
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10, Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10
Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, is pushed onto the grid by mechanics
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40, Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
Lance Stroll, Williams, waves on the drivers' parade
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17
 #DriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGapkm/hPoints
1 44 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 70 1:33'05.154   196.766 25
“It's been such an incredible weekend. I just couldn't be happier with how it's gone and I'm so grateful for this result. We came away from Monaco and we were scratching our heads, but we pulled together and look what we achieved. We came here with a much better understanding of the car and we delivered a real blow to the Ferraris. Valtteri did a fantastic job too and this is our first one-two finish together. We've scored a big load of solid points and it's well deserved. It's crazy to think I had my first pole and win here 10 years ago. The race actually felt very reminiscent of 2007, in terms of how it unfolded. It's a long race here, especially when you're out there on your own, but I knew the car would hold together and it did perfectly.”
2 77 finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 70 1:33'24.937 19.783 196.072 18
“I'm so happy for us as a team to bounce back the way we did this weekend. It's so impressive to see how the team has reacted in the last two weeks - how it's worked and improved. I've never seen a group of people so determined to win and to get back on top, so to get the one-two finish today, it's amazing. I tried my best to be aggressive and to get ahead of the Ferraris off the start and it worked, but I had a bit of a lock-up there which compromised my first stint. I lost some time behind the Red Bull and then the Force India after the stop, so we went for the Soft tyre for the second stint, but I didn't quite have the pace. But I brought the car home for some great points.”
3 3 australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG 70 1:33'40.451 35.297 195.530 15
“An excellent podium for Daniel today, who really didn’t make any mistakes, despite huge pressures from Force Indias and Ferrari behind. We banked track position early on with the soft tyre with the intention of going to the end of the race and that worked out well today. It was a great shame for us to lose Max after 11 laps. He had an unbelievable start which propelled him into second place by turn two, and then after an audacious move to take the lead at the restart he was looking competitive for second place when a suspected energy store failure caused an instantaneous retirement. Very tough on Max but I’m sure his time will come soon. Leaving Montreal and one of our more challenging tracks on the calendar with a podium is a positive result and good to see Sir Patrick Stewart having fun on the podium.”
4 5 germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 70 1:33'41.061 35.907 195.509 12
“I think my start was not particularly good but at the same time not that bad either. The car was good, I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that's how we finished and what is done is done. Overall, we know we have a strong car. Looking back at the start, Bottas and I were trying to go from the inside when Max came around but these things can happen. Then, with the safety car on track I did not realize that the damage to the front wing was as bad as it actually was, we only noticed it at full speed. There was also some additional damage to other parts of the bodywork, hard to say what they cost me in terms of laptime, but the car did not feel as the one I had driven in the past two days. Yet the pace was there and 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. But we are growing up as a team.”
5 11 mexico Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 70 1:33'45.630 40.476 195.350 10
“I’m pleased to come away with fifth place because it was a very intense afternoon. For nearly the whole race I was running close behind Riccardo in his DRS window and waiting for my opportunity to overtake. I could see he was struggling in certain areas and, as we started to come through the lapped traffic, I thought I deserved the chance to try and overtake him. I tried my best and really pushed hard, but it just wasn’t possible to make the move. It was the same situation with Esteban behind me for almost half the race, but it was only on the final lap that he got really close to me when we were lapping Ericsson. I knew Esteban had better tyre life because my engineers made me aware of the situation and I replied by asking the team to simply let us race. I think the team was fair and respected my view. The team always comes first and we raced hard, but fair. I always give my best and I’m very happy we could come away with so many points from this race.”
6 31 france Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 70 1:33'45.870 40.716 195.342 8
“As a team we scored really important points today, but I am a bit frustrated by this result because I feel a podium may have been possible. This is the way racing goes and we have to look at the positives: we had a great car that allowed us to take the fight to Ferrari and Red Bull and that is quite impressive. I am confident it won’t be the last time we will fight at this level and it was an awesome feeling – a really enjoyable race. The team as a whole did a great job today - they gave me such a fast car and we can be proud of our work and of the points we have gained.”
7 7 finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 70 1:34'03.786 58.632 194.722 6
"At the start I got wheelspin off the line and obviously we lost quite a few places. From that moment it was not an easy race: I struggled in the first few laps, it was difficult to get past. We decided to switch our tactics to two stops to create a speed difference with fresh tires. We had a very good pace again and we were nicely going back close to the guys in front. Unfortunately, we had the issue with the brakes and we could not really use our speed. In the last ten laps I had hardly no brakes; it's a pity but at least we could bring the car back and get some points. It was not an easy day for the team but this is how it goes sometimes. If this is our bad day, then we have to take it and go forward."
8 27 germany Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault 70 1:34'05.528 1'00.374 194.662 4
“Today’s race was quite positive for us overall; everything was running pretty smoothly although the wind was crazy at times; blowing the car from left to right on the straight! Obviously we were helped by some DNFs but nevertheless I found myself in eighth place and four nice points isn’t bad given this was a track where we were a bit worried on how good we were going to be.”
9 18 canada Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 69 1:33'14.501 1 lap 193.631 2
"I am just happy for myself, for the team, for everyone. The balance of the car was good all race. I was in a flow. I knew we had good straight line speed in the Williams. I chose my overtakes at the right times, sometimes I could have done them a lap earlier, but it was a bit risky so I did it a lap later and stayed patient. James, my engineer, was giving me good communications throughout the whole race about what was happening around us. We just stayed cool headed and took it to the end and P9. It was about things falling into place and getting everything to work with no issues and being able to do the pace we know how to do. It means the world to me being able to finish a race in the points and be able to see those Canadian flags up in the air at my race."
10 8 france Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 69 1:33'32.729 1 lap 193.002 1
“Well, our race started very badly with the front wing change on the first lap. Then we knew the only way to get a decent strategy was to stay out and make those tires last for 69 laps, which is pretty good for supersofts. We got there. I am very unhappy with Carlos’ (Sainz) maneuver at the start – what he did to me going into turn three. It was very, very dangerous. I’m glad the car didn’t have too much damage. We changed the front wing and got going again. It was a tough race. We needed a bit of luck at the end, which we got with Alonso retiring, and we managed to get a point. It’s great for the team, but we missed a bit of speed today.”

 

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