Lewis Hamilton drove a commanding race in Canada
Your weekly results round-up: F1, British Touring Cars, World rallying – and a London bus…
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton put in a commanding performance at the weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, converting a pole position into a dominating win that means he’s closing in on championship rival Sebastian Vettel.
A decade on from his first win at the very same track, Hamilton’s 25 points haul brings him to within 12 points of Ferrari’s Vettel, who salvaged a fourth place finish and 12 points after a troubled start.
Vettel’s chances of challenging for the win were cut short on the opening lap, when a fast-charging Max Verstappen shot up from the second row of the grid and stole second place from him into the first turn.
The Red Bull driver clipped Vettel’s wing on the way through, damaging it and forcing the German to pit for a new one, sending him down the field.
Verstappen showed excellent pace but was then subject to his own troubles, with a battery failure cutting out his drivetrain and forcing him to retire ahead of turn three.
The race was filled with action throughout the field, but things remained calm at the front, with Mercedes driver Valteri Bottas following his teammate home to second place, and Daniel Ricciardo largely untroubled at the end for the final podium position.
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship: Croft
Ashley Sutton, Colin Turkington and Mat Jackson took wins at the Yorkshire track.
The event was overshadowed by a huge accident in a wet qualifying session that injured several drivers. Luke Davenport was left in an induced coma following the incident.
For Autocar’s full report, click here.
FIA World Rally Championship: Rally Italy
Estonian Ott Tanak scored his first WRC victory after the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC driver outlasted his rivals on a bruising event.
Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon led much of the event until crashing on Saturday, with Tanak then pushing hard to build his advantage over Toyota’s Jari-Matti Latvala. Thierry Neuville was third in his Hyundai, having battled for the lead until brake problems slowed him.
Fourth-placed Esapekka Lappi starred on his second outing for the Toyota works team. Having lost time with gearbox issues on the first day, Lappi bounced back with six fastest stage times. Sebastien Ogier was fifth, losing time with a puncture.
UK drivers Kris Meeke and Elfyn Evans both crashed out on the opening day.
British GT Championship: Silverstone
A double-decker bus took part in a British GT Championship practice session for the Silverstone 500. No, really. A bus. An actual bus.
The ‘safari’ spectator tour bus lapped the track with championship guests on board during a live session. The safety car followed behind, with the GT drivers told when it was safe to pass.
No lap times were issued for the bus.
Bentley drivers Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jr won the race.
Will Power won a thrilling IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing ahead of Tony Kanaan. The wild race featured 23 lead changes among seven drivers.
Felix Rosenqvist missed out on a double victory in the two FIA Formula E races in Berlin. Rosenqvist won the first race comfortably and finished first on the road in race two, before being handed a 10-second penalty for an unsafe pit release. Points leader Sebastien Buemi inherited the win.
Johan Kristofferson extended his FIA World Rallycross Championship points lead with a win in Hell (which is in Norway, obviously). The Volkswagen Polo driver finished ahead of Ford’s Andreas Bakkerud. Local hero Petter Solberg crashed out in the semi-final.