2017 Canadian Grand Prix - Review.
Lewis: It's been such an incredible weekend
Lewis lead away from pole and despite some early pressure, was never headed, leading every lap and clocking the fastest laptime of the race to complete his fourth career Grand Slam and the second of this season.
“It's been such an incredible weekend,” said Lewis. “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.”
Valtteri: I'm so happy for us as a team
Valtteri came home second to complete the team’s first one-two finish of 2017 and record his best ever finish in Montreal. The fast-starting Finn jumped Vettel on the run down to Turn 1 and was promoted to second when Verstappen’s Red Bull expired.
Running a one-stop strategy, but on the alternate Soft tyre to Lewis’ SuperSoft shod machine, Valtteri cleared Ocon’s Force India and cruised home to claim the points for second – his best finish since victory in Sochi.
“I'm so happy for us as a team to bounce back the way we did this weekend,” said Valtteri. “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.”
Toto: That feels absolutely great
After a tough time in Monaco, the Silver Arrows came to Montreal expecting a tricky weekend, but Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport but Toto Wolff was delighted with the team’s first one-two of 2017.
“That feels absolutely great,” said Toto. “We have finally taken a 1-2 finish and done so at a track that we expected would be difficult for us - and which certainly was for us last year.
“Lewis delivered a stellar performance this weekend: a pole lap that was almost scary when you watch the onboard, then a totally dominant race. Likewise, Valtteri struggled with the car yesterday but he got everything right today to complete a perfect day for our team.
Toto: The guys and girls in the factory have been flat out
“Ever since Monaco, the guys and girls in the factory have been flat out. There was no weekend and people working 24/7 to better understand our problems - credit goes to so many people. So to bounce back in this way shows the calibre of the group that we have in the team.
“But the secret to this weekend was to keep the ball flat, stay calm, analyse our problems and come up with solutions. So this is the time to keep our feet on the ground, keep working hard and take it one race at a time. We saw some encouraging signs today but we need to work in just the same way to translate them into more success in Baku.”
James: We came racing back on all cylinders here
Reflecting on a fine result for the team, Silver Arrows Technical Director James Allison is optimistic for the challenge ahead next time out in Baku!
“Not every Grand Prix win can deliver the same breathless cut and thrust of the race we saw one month ago in Barcelona - but this is nonetheless an extremely satisfying team result after the disappointment of Monaco a fortnight ago,” said James.
“We came racing back on all cylinders here and made important headway in both championships. It's our first one-two finish of this season and will allow us to approach the next race in Baku with a spring in our step.”
The Silver Arrows now lead the Constructors' Championship by eight points from Ferrari, but it’ll be all to play for next time out, as we return to the streets of Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!