"It is a good side effect, but today at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve we had Jacques driving his father's auto earlier, which was very emotional and to have a win with me driving makes me very proud".
It was the German's third win of the season and second in Canada, the first coming in 2013 with Red Bull. After leading all three practice sessions, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton.
Fans witnessed history during Saturday afternoon qualifying, as Sebastian Vettel posted an outright track record lap time of one minute, 10.776 seconds to claim the pole position.
"The chequered flag was shown a lap early because there was a miscommunication between the start platform and the guy that they call the starter, the guy that starts and finishes the races", he said.
"I was just really happy to finish", said Hamilton. It means a lot.
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Justify led during the entire race, but Gronkoski miraculously finished in second place after being dead last early in the race. Justify became just the second horse, after Seattle Slew , to win it while still undefeated. "He's so gifted.
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"I thought it was going to fail".
This marked the first Montreal race that a Ferrari driver won the pole position since Michael Schumacher took the first grid back in 2001.
Hamilton stayed fourth ahead of Ricciardo who made quick work of passing Raikkonen before, after only half a lap, a heavy collision between Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso and local hero Lance Stroll's Williams. Hartley was pitched into the air, with both cars hitting the barriers. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers were uninjured.
In a weird end, the chequered flag was waved a lap too early by model Winnie Harlow, only for Vettel to say over team radio: "Tell them not to wave the flag when it's not done".
Bottas drove strongly to take second, despite a late charge from Verstappen as the Finn struggled to manage a lack of fuel, crossing the line just 0.9secs clear of the Dutchman. It was the same for Bottas running behind Vettel.
It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down.
McLaren's Fernando Alonso chalked up 300 career grands prix but the Spaniard had little to celebrate as the two-time world champion's day came to an early end, his McLaren coasting to a stop midway through the race with a mechanical failure.