F1: Upbeat Lewis Hamilton has Sebastian Vettel in his sights

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was in high spirits after he secured a comprehensive victory in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday to reduce Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the Drivers’ Championship race to 12 points.

The Brit delivered a near perfect weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, securing pole position in qualifying before claiming a lights-to-flag victory during the race, as his W08 showed no signs of the problems that had marred his run at Monaco last time out.

The 32-year-old’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas claimed second-place as the German team moved back to the top of the Constructors’ Championship and Hamilton was understandably in a delighted mood after the race.

“There were no troubles today, it was a beautiful Sunday drive,” enthused Hamilton.

“It’s always a great feeling to deliver and to have it all under control is always an amazing feeling.”

The three-time world champion had gone into the race 25 points behind championship leader Vettel, but he now believes the momentum of the title race could be shifting back in Mercedes’ favour.

“I came here 25 points behind and now I’m 12 points behind so I’m really happy with that,” he added.

“The energy and the spirit in this team is the highest it has ever been.”

Hamilton is priced at 1.91 to secure world championship glory this season, while Vettel, who only managed to finish fourth in Montreal, is available at 1.85.

Next up on the Formula One calendar is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which will take place at Baku City Circuit on June 25.

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