It was Hamiltons fourth career Grand Slam winning the pole, leading every lap, winning the race and posting the fastest lap.
But yesterday proved to be a blast from the past as Mercedes picked up their first one-two finish of 2017 at the Canadian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton triumphed ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. The team radio confirmed that it had been "a walk in the walk" for their driver. Hamilton entered the day trailing Sebastien Vettel, who finished fourth, by 25 points.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas' Lewis Hamilton will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to take his third-consecutive victory at the 2.71-mile Circuit Gille Villeneuve. Force India's driver battle ultimately cost them, with Perez and Ocon took P5 and P6, with Raikonnen behind them in P7.
His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, wasnt so lucky.
Hamilton had his first pole in Montreal, his first win in 2007. Behind Max Verstappen lept from fifth to second in the short run down to the first corner, swiping a chunk of Vettel's wing in the process and forcing the championship leader into an early pit stop.
'I knew we could recover position because the auto is quick, but you have to fight your way through the field which is a lot of work, and it's not easy.
"It was clear with the damage we had that unless there is trouble at the front or we are extremely lucky with safety cars or whatever that it would be hard". Bottas tried to find a way past the young Dutch driver but had to settle for third ahead of Vettel, Ricciardo, Perez and Raikkonen.
Vettel, starting alongside, got caught in a sandwich as Bottas shot past him on one side and Verstappen on the other, clipping the German's front wing.
Verstappen lasted just 10 laps despite his move at the start.
"Sure we need to make the vehicle better, quicker, faster - obviously there is still a long way to go and no massive panic". Adding to this tension was the request from Ocon to be let by to have a go at Ricciardo himself. Going against the flow, Ricciardo was fitted out with the more durable soft compound.
"They did such great work analysing what went wrong and giving us a summary and saying this is where we went wrong".
But Mercedes, and in particular Hamilton, will be delighted with their recovery after a weekend to forget at the previous round in Monaco a fortnight ago. Exit two cars on the spot, as Grosjean limped back to the pits for a new nose.
"I pulled away from Bottas and I could have ended up on the podium".
The situation was reversed on Sunday, with Vettel dropping well down the field after having to stop and replace a damaged front wing before charging back to fourth.
Vettel had to pursue his own singular race and did so with admirable determination. It soon became clear Raikkonen's vehicle had problems, but Vettel continued his charge. Vettel was soon camped out on the back of Perez and Ocon who were involved in an intense private family feud. Marcus Ericsson, Stoffel Vandoorne and Pascal Wehrlein filled positions 13 through to 15.
Fernando Alonso had been running 10th before retiring two laps from the end with what he said was an engine failure. Shortly after, Haas' Magnussen was given a five second penalty for overtaking under the VSC. These became irrelevant when he reported a vibration and pitted on lap 54.