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Hamilton wins on behalf of Muhammad Ali

Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), triple Formula One world champion, confirmed his candidacy for a fourth crown by winning the Canadian Grand Prix this Sunday in Montreal, where he dedicated the victory to Muhammad Ali, the best boxer of all time, passed away last weekend.
Hamilton, 31, who last year won his third title by adding the one he revalidated with Mercedes to the one he had won in 2008 aboard a McLaren, achieved his second win of the year at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, where in 2007, the year of his debut, he had obtained the first of his already forty-five victories in the premier class of motorsport.
The eccentric and spectacular English champion, who achieved his fifth victory in Montreal, the track in which he has won the most times, had started first – after having achieved the fifty-third pole of his career in F1 on Saturday – in a test in which the Spanish Carlos Sainz starred in a huge comeback.
The talented driver from Madrid, sixteenth in qualifying on Saturday, in which he had ‘kissed’ the famous ‘wall of champions’, finished ninth in a race ‘on the attack’ that he faced from twentieth place, penalized with the loss of five places on the grid, for replacing the gearbox of his Toro Rosso.
And in which the other Spaniard, Fernando Alonso (McLaren), who had started tenth, stayed for only one place, after a bad entry into garages, outside the points. The Asturian double world champion (2005 and 2006, with Renault) finished eleventh, just behind the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Force India).
Lewis, who came out alongside the German Nico Rosberg -for the thirty-first time together in the front row-, was surprised, like his partner and rival from Mercedes, by another German, Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who starred in a spectacular outing , surpassing both ‘silver arrows’ with a stroke of the pen.
Hamilton maintained the type, but Rosberg fell to ninth place, while Vettel – who chained four ‘doubles’ in his triumphant journey at Red Bull (2010-13) – went from third on the grid to command the test. From that moment on, the race was decided not only by talent, but by strategy.
Lewis played it to a single stop, switched from ultra-soft to soft tires and held the pull to the end, without Vettel being able to reach him, with two garage entries, also inserting the supersoft compound between the softer compound, with which he started , and the hardest, with which he entered the goal.
‘Seb’ finished ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas, who achieved the first podium of the year for Williams; and the young Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who two races earlier, at the Spanish Grand Prix, had become the youngest winner in history, at 18 years old.
Jos’s son defended, like a cat belly up, in the final stage of the race, his fourth place. That he was in danger in the last inning on the finish line, where Rosberg, who had come back, threw himself on him in a desperate attempt and ended up thanking him because the spin he gave did not imply loss of position.
Rosberg, the worst stopped in a new ‘touch’ at the start between the two Mercedes, kept the lead. But Hamilton showed that the four victories in a row for the German at the beginning of the course did not disturb him at all. And he is already nine points away from the 116 with which Keke’s son, champion for Finland in 1982, commands the World Cup with a Williams.
“I do not usually dedicate my victories, but this one was dedicated to Muhammad Ali, a person who has inspired me a lot” were the first words that, at a press conference, Hamilton, also a racial mold breaker, spoke when he became the sphere of of Formula One in a figure similar to the one that Tiger Woods supposed for the world of golf.
Previously, as soon as he got out of his dominant car, he had already emulated, on two occasions, the dance of feet that the ‘crazy man from Louisville’ – triple world heavyweight champion, did, after having won Olympic gold at the Games. of Rome 1960- on the quadrilaterals. And he announced an attack on the lead in the next race, next weekend, in the calendar debut of Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital and site of the European Grand Prix.
Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) finished sixth in Montreal, ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who gave third place in the World Cup to Vettel, who, with 78 points, now takes six from his former teammate. That he will be paired again with Verstappen at Red Bull in 2017 “and some more year”, as confirmed, in an interview with the official F1 website, Christian Horner, team boss of the Austrian team. EFE

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