Lewis Hamilton relieved to finish Canadian Grand Prix

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The Canadian Grand Prix top three in qualifying: Valteri Bottas (2nd), Sebastian Vettel (1st) and Max Verstappen (3rd). "I'm just grateful the engine made it".

There's much more scope for overtaking in Canada than there is at most Grands Prix, so Hamilton could still get on the podium or better if he does well on Sunday, but he'll need to find the kind of pace his rivals displayed so readily here. He now drops a point behind Vettel in the championship standings.

Asked after the race if he felt any consolation in seeing Hamilton's team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas come home second, Wolff said: "No, not at all... There's a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it's a good side effect for me".

"I'm just so happy that I finished as from the start I was down on power and my engine was saying that it was over temperature and I couldn't get them down", Hamilton said.

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"You've got the Red Bulls that every now and then are in the mix".

When asked if he was anxious errors could start creeping in as a result of an intense fight, he said: "I think you need to get the right balance between pushing development very hard, adding performance to the auto and at the same time keeping reliability".

"I don't know, I haven't seen much of the times of the others so it's hard to read yet". Max Verstappen was third and the other Red Bull auto, driven by Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth. The fact that a season could sway through reliability, I don't think anyone wants to see that.

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down.

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"Now we are going home with the realisation that Ferrari had the better vehicle".

Given the potential for unpredictability in Formula One and engine reliability likely to become more of a factor come the business end of the season, Hamilton was aware of the importance of getting his auto home to the finish.

The battle for "best of the rest" saw a straight fight between Esteban Ocon in the Force India and the two Renaults of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg.

A steward's investigation found neither driver at fault. "I corrected, but I didn't have enough room, and we collided along the wall". He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve past year.

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The only other retirement besides Stroll and Hartley was McLaren's Fernando Alonso who reported a loss of power due to an exhaust problem and was forced to garage his auto - a disappointing end to the Spaniard's 300th race. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

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