Hamilton making history as he claims his sixth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after a euphoric weekend in Montreal.

Lewis Hamilton drove a sensational race in Montreal on Sunday at the stunning Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and secured his third win of the championship so far at the Canadian Grand Prix. In front of a packed-out grandstand, it was the turn of the Silver Arrows this time for a one-two finish with Hamilton looking incredibly comfortable and leading the pack from start to finish with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas coming home in second place. In fact, Hamilton has now achieved a total of six wins in Montreal and the sheer delight in his voice was palpable when he said after the race. "I had my first pole and I had my first win here ten years ago. To repeat it this weekend is incredible". He is only one race short of the legendary Michael Schumacher's record who has had an impressive seven wins at the Montreal circuit. After a dominant performance across the entire seventy laps with an overall distance of 305.27km and a fast-paced drive of absolute perfection, Hamilton finished a whole 19.783 seconds ahead of his team-mate with Australian Daniel Ricciardo finishing third in his Red Bull.

With a track temperature of 40C on the day and in very breezy conditions, Hamilton could not have wished for round seven of the championship so far to have gone any better. It was an overall record-breaking weekend for Mercedes top driver as not only did Sunday mark half a century of Grand Prix racing in Canada for which the whole city seemed to come alive to celebrate this momentous occasion but Hamilton also made history by matching his childhood hero Aryton Senna's sixty-five pole positions. As a tribute, Senna's family presented Hamilton with the racing legend's yellow race helmet after he had delivered the fastest lap ever seen at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in qualifying. The Mercedes driver expressed his total gratitude when he said that he was "shaken and speechless' to be bestowed such a huge honour and that Aryton's treasured helmet meant so much more to him than any of his collection of trophies he has won over the years.

Mercedes certainly seemed to have turned their fortunes around in Montreal in an outstanding and extremely effective manner. Much analysis had taken place leading up to the Canadian Grand Prix with a team of engineers conducting relentless research as to why their equipment had failed them in Monaco two weeks previously. In qualifying last week, Mercedes AMG Executive Director Toto Wolff sounded somewhat downbeat with their current situation when he said during an interview, "It's painful but we are not the favourites for this year's championship. At the moment it's Ferrari. They have a very strong package and we need to rise to the challenge to prove once again that we are the team to beat". It was a magnificent turnaround for the Mercedes team in Canada last weekend with a one-two finish after the absence of any of the Silver Arrows on the podium at the previous grand prix in Monte Carlo and Hamilton and Bottas certainly did their team proud.

Unfortunately for Sebastien Vettel it was just not his day on Sunday although the masterful Ferrari driver did manage to recover from eighteenth position to finish in fourth. Having started in second place, he had an appalling start to the race when he was over-taken by Red Bull's Max Verstappen who clipped Vettel's front wing forcing him to pull in to the pits to have the damage replaced. When the German driver rejoined the race he was at the back of the pack but gallantly fought his way up to the leaders and was rewarded with a standing ovation by his fans when he impressively overtook both of the Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon during the final stages of the race. All in all a disappointing grand prix for Sebastien Vettel and to add insult to injury, his lead on the championship board has now been reduced to twelve points.

More drama on the day took place in the shape of Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and the Haas driver Romain Grosjean who suffered a collision early on at the exit of turn two which resulted in the safety car being brought out. Felipe Massa also fell victim to the tussle as Sainz lost total control of his car and went spinning in to him causing Massa to retire on the spot. Grosjean has since accused Sainz of making a "pretty dangerous" move and both drivers were investigated by the race stewards with the conclusion being that Sainz was to blame. The Toro Rosso driver has been penalised with a three-place grid penalty for the next race and has also been awarded two license penalty points.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso was on the verge of completing his first race this season in his McLaren and with only a mere two laps to go was in the running for finishing in the points in tenth place but frustratingly had to pull out. Climbing out of his car he made his way deep in to the grandstand where he was literally mobbed by the excited fans. He had been overheard previously during the race complaining to his engineer over the radio on Lap 29 when he said "you are not giving me any useful information!" Alonso's season sadly seems to be destined for disaster and one wonders how much longer such an accomplished and prestigious driver will continue in a car that keeps on failing him.

After an electrifying start to the race where he had passed Vettel on Lap one, Max Verstappen was another casualty who had no choice but to retire from the race at Lap 11 when his car suffered a sudden battery failure. Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner could be seen burying his head in to his hands in sheer disappointment having obviously had such high hopes for their man to finish in a good position in Montreal. Another driver destined for great things but also failed to realise his full potential was Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari who started on the grid in fourth but after struggling with brake problems only managed to finish in seventh.

Born in Montreal, eighteen year old Lance Stroll and his Williams team were keen to impress in front of his home crowd last weekend. Disappointingly he ended up qualifying in a lacklustre seventeenth position however did manage to finish the race on Sunday in ninth place giving him two championship points making him the third Canadian driver to score points following on from father and son duo Gilles and Jack Villeneuve.

British actor Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame brought a touch of fame and glamour to the proceedings taking on the role of master of ceremonies during the podium presentations. Ricciardo celebrated his third place finish by doing his now infamous 'shoey' and offered Sir Patrick Stewart to also drink champagne out of his shoe to which the actor immediately agreed with an obliging "cheers" much to the delight of a cheering and excitable Montreal crowd. "I'll drink out of anybody's shoe!" the 76 year old actor announced after he had quaffed the bubbles without hesitation and fleetingly stole the limelight from the three drivers up on the podium.

With both Hamilton and Vettel now having three wins each under their belt, we move on to the eighth grand prix in Azerbaijan in Baku in two weeks time. Hamilton did not perform well there last year and was very much in the shadow of his team-mate at the time Nico Rosberg who shone out on the track. Ferrari will undoubtedly be out for revenge as the battle for the championship continues and for now at least are safe in the knowledge that they still hold a twelve point advantage over Mercedes and the rest of the Formula One teams.