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Images from the 2019 Canadian F1 Grand Prix

F1: 2019 Canadian Grand Prix in their words

Jun 102019

Never far from drama, the Canadian Grand Prix - set on the picture perfect Parc Jean-Drapeau in downtown Montreal - is always a sure bet for a contentious race. Lewis Hamilton secured a record-breaking seventh win, after a penalty for Sebastian Vettel, who finished first on the road, demoted the German to second in the standings.

The result gave Lewis his 78th career victory, and meant the 34 year old took a record-equalling seventh victory at the Canadian Grand Prix to match F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s record in Montreal, as well as claiming his fifth win of the season to stretch his lead at the head of the drivers’ standings. Team mate Valtteri Bottas fought his way up to fourth place, and took one additional point for securing the fastest lap of the race. Read on to hear directly from Lewis and Valtteri how it all went down.

Lewis Hamilton - 1st
“I'm really, really grateful - I had a crash on Friday, so I was on the back foot, and then this morning we had an engine problem. The guys worked so hard and did a great job to fix it, so they truly deserved to have a car out there. I was trying to drive for them and really wanted to get the best result I can for them. It's not easy to follow around here, so I was trying to build the pressure on Sebastian to maybe push him into an error and he made one. I still wanted to win the right way and overtake him on the track, so I was fighting until the finish line, but my tyres were gone. Ferrari did a fantastic job this weekend, they were so fast on the straights and Sebastian drove a great race, it took absolutely everything from me to try and keep up with them. It's not a great feeling and ultimately that's not how I want to win races, but I drove my heart out today to make my team proud and I feel like I did that.”

Valtteri Bottas - 4th

“I made a costly mistake in qualifying yesterday and that made today very difficult. I struggled to get through the Red Bull and the Renaults in the beginning; whenever I closed in on the cars in front, the engine and the brakes were close to their temperature limits, so I had to do a lot of lift and coast which made it tricky to attack. By the time I had finally passed them, I had lost too much time to fight for a podium place. The pace of the car was good once I was in free air, so we decided to do an additional pit stop at the end and fight for the quickest lap on fresh tyres. It's nice to get the extra point for fastest lap, but ultimately I lost the race in qualifying yesterday. I think we can expect another tough battle in France; it's a circuit with long straights so Ferrari should be quick again, but I'm looking forward to the fight.”