When the lights went out, Hamilton made a good start and held his advantage over Rosberg into the first corner. Behind them Räikkönen briefly came under pressure from Bottas but the Ferrari driver held on to stay third, with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean fifth behind Bottas. Hulkenberg, meanwhile, passed Maldonado for sixth.
Unsurprisingly, with Massa, Vettel out of place, most of the action happened at the rear of the field. By lap four Vettel was up to 14th place from P18 on the grid and then passed Fernando Alonso into the chicane to claim P13. Massa, who had started 15th was already up to P12. At the very back Jenson Button, who had suffered a 15-place grid drop due to power unite parts replacement and thus had take a time penalty due to not taking part in qualifying, served a drive through and set off after P19 man Will Stevens.
Vettel’s progress through the order was hampered, however by a bungled first pit stop on lap seven. The German spent 6.6s waiting for his opening new supersofts to be exchanged for another set of the red-banded tyres and rejoined in last position. By contrast, Massa was prospering.
At the front, Hamilton led Rosberg, with Räikkönen a further 2.4 seconds back. The Ferrari driver was being shadowed by Bottas who was now two seconds behind in fourth, managing to take third place after the Ferrari driver spun badly at the hairpin on cold tyres after his first pit stop. Hamilton took his fourth Canadian Grand Prix win comfortably. Rosberg crossed the line just over three seconds afterwards and Bottas took his seventh career podium finish. Räikkönen claimed fourth ahead of Vettel, with Massa sixth and Maldonado scored his first points of the year in seventh. He was followed to the flag by Hulkenberg, while Kvyat held off Grosjean who took the final point on offer.
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX, MONTREAL 70 laps, 305.270km., Weather: Sunnny. CLASSIFICATION: P. DRIVER TEAM TIME/GAP 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1h31m53.145 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG + 2.285 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams + 40.666 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari + 45.625 5. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 49.903 6. Felipe Massa Williams + 56.381 7. Pastor Maldonado Lotus + 1:06.664 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 1 lap 9. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull + 1 lap 10. Romain Grosjean Lotus + 1 lap 11. Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap 12. Carlos Sainz JR. Toro Rosso + 1 lap 13. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull + 1 lap 14. Markus Ericsson Sauber + 1 lap 15. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso + 1 lap 16. Felipe Nasr Sauber + 2 laps 17. Will Stevens Manor + 4 laps 2014 Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull - 1h39:12.830 FASTEST LAP: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:16.987 DISQUALIFIED: DRIVER TEAM ON LAP Roberto Merhi Manor 61 Jenson Button McLaren 56 Fernando Alonso McLaren 46