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Lewis Hamilton hails fantastic team effort

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Lewis Hamilton said it had been a 'fantastic' weekend after the McLaren man took victory in the Canadian Grand Prix to lead the drivers' standings.

The victory marked Hamilton's second win in three races in Canada as he led home team-mate Jenson Button and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"It has been a tremendous weekend, it has been fantastic," said Hamilton. "I got here on Wednesday and things have gone so well. I've had incredible support from the fans, with so many Brits out here, which is great to see.

"The team did an exceptional job - it was one of the toughest races so far but that is what you want. I am very happy and proud of the team."

Despite his victory Hamilton conceded that rivals Red Bull, who finished fourth and fifth, may still have the edge although the gap is closing.

"We are doing everything we can to close gap to them. On other circuits where downforce is a bit higher they may be a bit ahead still, but I have no doubts we will close the gap.

"Clearly on race weekends we are doing a better job, but hopefully we can continue with that. This is a special day for me. I won my first grand prix here and to repeat it after three years is a real pleasure."

Hamilton was made to work for his win, the Briton having to pass Ferrari's Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard emerged ahead after the first pitstop. He then nearly made contact with Alonso in the pitlane, but the incident was not investigated.

"I think I came in quite a bit ahead of him, but clearly did not have the best pitstop," Hamilton said. "I saw him being released and as he pulled away I saw him in my blind spot. All of sudden he was there with me, so we raced to the first corner and he got ahead. He had a great pace. We had a really good battle, but, although he was pressing me hard, I was able to pull out a small gap and then maintain it."

Hamilton also paid tribute to team-mate Jenson Button, saying that his contribution has been the best he has ever had from a team-mate.

"We've got good momentum now, so I hope we can continue our winning run through to Valencia in two weeks' time. The feeling and atmosphere within the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team is better than ever. The contribution that Jenson has brought is the best I've ever witnessed from a team-mate. He did another great job today to come from fourth to second - he's doing his part and I'm doing mine. The team is happier than ever. This has been a truly fantastic day."

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