Lewis Hamilton revelled in victory as he triumphed at the Canadian Grand Prix for the fifth time in his Formula 1 career.
Hamilton started from pole position but lost out to Sebastian Vettel off the line and escaped unharmed after making light contact with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at Turn 1.
Hamilton stopped just once across the course of the 70-lap race while Vettel stopped twice, with Mercedes' strategy enabling the Briton to secure victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Rosberg was able to take only fifth as Hamilton moved to within nine points at the top of the standings.
"Today I had another really bad start - not sure why, maybe an overheating clutch," he said.
"Sebastian [and] Nico got a good run, into Turn 1 my tyres were cold, I had big understeer, I'm grateful me and Nico didn’t damage [our] cars.
"Then I was trying to chase this guy [Vettel] down, car felt fantastic, car felt right, great work from my mechanics, won my first Grand Prix here in 2007 so that’s such a blessing."
Hamilton insists he is still thinking about the long game despite slashing Rosberg's advantage.
"[I'll] just take it one race at a time, still work to do, continue to improve this car, a long long way to go, these guys [Ferrari] are getting faster and faster, collectively we’ll keep our heads down and keep pushing."