At one stage in the Canadian GP it seemed as if Lewis Hamilton was about to pull back all of his 25-point deficit to Sebastian Vettel, as the Englishman was leading comfortably while the German was in the pits having a new front wing fitted to his Ferrari.
In the end, however, though he dominated to win his sixth Canadian GP on the tenth anniversary of his maiden success here a decade ago, finishing ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo, Vettel was able to fight back to fourth place and limit the damage as he left Montreal still 12 points to the good.
Hamilton was not too disappointed by that twist, happily savouring his 56th career victory and his sixth here.
“It’s been an incredible weekend, and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “For the team to come away from Monaco, where everyone was scratching their heads, it was fantastic that we all just wanted to work together, In five years with the team I’ve never seen everyone pull quite so well together in a cause and give it to Ferrari.
“Valtteri did a great job too, and this is our first 1-2 together and solid points for team. It’s kind of crazy because I took my first pole and first win here 10 years ago, and today felt very reminiscent of 2007 in terms of how the race went. It was all about managing the car and the tyres, and it was a long race, particularly when you’re out there on your own.
“This was always been special place for me, and I absolutely loved it the whole way today.”
It was extremely windy throughout the race, but it wasn’t that which afflicted Vettel’s aerodynamics but a brush with Max Verstappen, who shoved his Red Bull round the outside of the Ferrari to snatch second place doing into the first corner, exactly as Bottas was doing something similar to take third place away down the inside. Hence the need for the new front wing.
That same lap, exiting Turn 2, there was further excitement when Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz tangled,…