Lewis Hamilton compares Mercedes domination in Montreal to a knockout blow from Floyd Mayweather

Lewis Hamilton likened the punishment that Mercedes meted out to Ferrari in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix to a punch from Floyd Mayweather.

As he led team-mate Valtteri Bottas home in the first 1-2 of their alliance which began this year after Nico Rosberg retired, points leader Sebastian Vettel overcame bad luck to take fourth, his first failure of the season to reach the podium.

“Ferrari have been doing a fantastic job all year and I just think today Mercedes were the best,” Hamilton said in the afterglow of his sixth triumph at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday evening.

“It was our first one-two of the year so in terms of optimal points it was the most powerful weekend we’ve had, and we maximised it. If Ferrari do that to us, it’s a blow. It’s like a right hook. This time it was us punching like Mayweather. I hope this can continue throughout the year.”

So how did Mercedes turn their fortunes around with such startling effectiveness, between the Monaco GP where Bottas could only finish fourth, and Hamilton a floundering seventh, and Canada a fortnight later?

Ferrari struggled to match Mercedes (Getty)

All teams conduct a huge amount of analysis after each race, assessing what they did right and what they did wrong. All aspects of performance are minutely monitored as sensors feed data back to engineers. Understanding how your equipment is functioning is crucial to making the progress you need to keep ahead of your rivals.

Everything is fed into simulation programmes as the numbers are crunched to create predictions of performance and what set-ups are necessary to achieve it.

After they changed aspects of the set-up of both cars between the two practice sessions on the Thursday in Monaco, Mercedes got lost and the problems they engineered into the way they configured them stayed with them for the rest of the weekend. It transpired that the simulations had been misleading, prompting a lengthy forensic post-mortem…

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