Masterful Hamilton triumphs in Canada to make it seven from seven

10 June, 2012

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 at the start of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.

Canadian GP winner Lewis Hamilton ahead of the pack at the start of the race

Jun.10 (GP247) Lewis Hamilton drove a masterful race to win the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix to become the seventh diffferent winner out of seven races this year, taking his 18th career victory at the very venue where he scored his first ever F1 win back in 2007 – the victory also catapults him to the top of the points standings.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 crasses the line to win the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.

Romain Grosjean erased his first lap nightmare of Monaco to take second place with a well calculated race from seventh on the grid in his Lotus, to score his best ever grand prix result.

Also scoring his second career podium was Sergio Perez, who from 15th on the grid and finished third for Sauber after a late race charge.

Hamilton looked up for it right from the start of first practice on Friday, and his delight as he crossed the line to score his first win of the season was obvious, as it was palpable on the podium – a real racer who delights in the fight to win.

Hamilton made a good start as did pole sitter Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso who started from third. The trio sped off into the distance, setting the early pace. Vettel trying hard to break away but to no avail as Hamilton and Alonso hung in behind the Red Bull. They held station until the first round of stops, with Vettel charging into the pits on lap 17 for his first stop with the Brit and the Spaniard breathing down his neck.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger (USA) in parc-ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.This prompted Hamilton to put his head down and churn out a bunch of hot laps, on pretty wasted rubber, before he too pitted a couple of laps later. McLaren pitstops these days are agonising to witness, and again their was a brief fumble as Hamilton lost a split second moving out of his box, but he nevertheless rejoined just in front of Vettel.

Next to stop was Alonso and he emerged just in front of Hamilton, whose tyres were by then in the optimum operating zone, with Alonso’s still getting up to temperature. The Englishman was patient for a few laps and pounced to overtake the Ferrari on lap 20. Ahead of him was Grosjean who had not yet stopped and only did so on lap 22 – the Frenchman would dial himself in later in the race.

From that point on Hamilton was in control of the race, which he never really relinquished until the end.

However there was still a ton of work to do before the 2007 and 2010 winner at Montreal would savour the victory. On lap 49 he pitted for his second and final stop, rejoining in third and a dozen or so seconds down on Alonso the leader and Vettel in second.

(L to R): Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber celebrates on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.At this point Ferrari and Red Bull both decided to take a big gamble, and stay out in an attempt to make it to the finish with just one stop. When this dawned on Hamilton (and McLaren) the 2008 world champion rose to the occasion. He kept his cool and started dishing out fastest lap after fastest lap – reeling in the duo up front, who were suffering with severely degraded tyres, at an impressive rate.

Hamilton easily dispensed of Vettel on lap 62 in the DRS zone, and a few laps later did the same with Alonso. The race was won. Thereafter he coasted home to take his first win of the year. A masterful display of driving.

“I knew today would be a tough, tough race. I loved every single minute of it and I’m really very, very grateful. I never had a doubt in mind that there would … be a possibility to win. I was thinking they [Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso] were falling behind and I assumed [that] they [would be] doing a one-stop so I decided to keep pushing. We had a couple of problems during the stops, they may have been my fault I don’t know, otherwise the stops were great,” said Hamilton afterwards.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.The shift to one stop gamble backfired mightily for both Alonso and Vettel, although the reigning world champion threw in the towel and darted into the pits for some fresh super soft rubber with half a dozen laps to go and managed to claw his way back to fourth. The gamble had cost him third place.

The loss was greater for Alonso who looked set for second, but the gamble dropped him down to fifth by the time the race ended.

Meanwhile Grosjean kept a cool head to claim second place after a flawless performance on his first visit to the tricky Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Grosjean summed up his afternoon in Montreal, “We thought about going for one stop and seeing what happened. The car felt pretty good. I was in a battle with Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg for a long time but I didn’t know what they were doing. When Webber came in, I didn’t realise I was third but my tyres were quite fresh. Then suddenly I went past Fernando Alonso who was slowing, and I was second. It was a crazy race. The team did a fantastic job in giving me a car that was good on its tyres. We knew with the heat today we would be better. It’s fantastic.”

Second placed Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.Equally impressive was Perez’s tyre conservation and his tenacious attack on Alonso at the end. A well deserved podium for the Mexican – starting from 15th – who was also racing in Montreal for the first time.

Perez said afterwards, “When you start 15th on the grid, you don’t expect to get a podium finish. We went off very aggressively, and I managed to overtake a few cars with some difficult manoeuvres. The tyre degradation was not bad for me, and I managed to keep moving up the field. After such a bad day yesterday, when we had so much trouble with the brakes, this was a great boost for the team.”

Nico Rosberg finished sixth, but the Mercedes team will be scratching their heads trying to figure out why they could not turn their obvious pace into race win contention, while studying how the DRS mechanism on Michael Schumacher’s car could fail and end the seven time world champion’s race prematurely. Not a good weekend for the Silver Arrows.

Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.Mark Webber ran as high as fourth early on, but the RB8 appeared to be harsh on the Pirelli tyres and seventh was as good as it got for the Australian who joined his team mate Vettel for a plunge in the Olympic boating lake near the track to cool off after the race.

Kimi Raikkonen was completely outshone by his younger and less experienced team mate. The Finn, who won the 2005 Canadian GP, was never a real factor in the race and will perhaps take some comfort that he at least finished eighth despite starting from 12th on the grid.

Also failing to match his less experienced teammate was Kamui Kobayashi who nevertheless made it a double points score for the Sauber squad, by finishing ninth.

Felipe Massa took home the final point, but will be regretting a mistake early on in the race while in fifth place. On lap five the Brazilian spun in Turn 2, dropping down to 12th. He spent the rest of the afternoon playing catch up.

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2012 spins. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.Also disappointing after promising so much were the Force India pair of Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg who finished 11th and 12th respectively. With Di Resta starting eighth, they would have been expecting at least one car in the points. Indeed, the plucky Scot was runningly strongly as high as fifth, early on.

Last year’s race winner Jenson Button endured a miserable weekend in Montreal, he never recovered from a wasted Friday where he spent more time in the McLaren pit garage than out on track and was simply not a factor in the race. Nothing worked for the 2009 world champion all weekend long – he trundled home in 16th.

In the end it was an important victory for Hamilton, perhaps even a vital one, and one that sees him now take command of the world championship points standings.

“It’s still sinking in. It’s been five years since I first won here but it feels just as good. I’m massively proud of the team for continuing to push. It feels great to finally be here on the top step. It feel like one of best races I’ve had for a very long time,” reflected Hamilton.

Undoubtedly the most astounding fact is that in seven races so far this season we have enjoyed seven different winners – unprecedented, historic, amazing!

Subbed by AJN.

Canadian Grand Prix – Sunday, 10 June 2012

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 70 Winner 2 25
2 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 70 +2.5 secs 7 18
3 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 70 +5.2 secs 15 15
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 +7.2 secs 1 12
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +13.4 secs 3 10
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 +13.8 secs 5 8
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 +15.0 secs 4 6
8 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 70 +15.5 secs 12 4
9 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 70 +24.4 secs 11 2
10 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +25.2 secs 6 1
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes +37.6 secs 8
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +46.2 secs 13
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault +47.0 secs 22
14 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari +64.4 secs 14
15 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari +1 Lap 19
16 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap 10
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault +1 Lap 16
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault +1 Lap 17
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault +1 Lap 18
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth +3 Lap 23
Ret 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth +14 Lap 21
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes +27 Laps 9
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth +46 Laps 20
Ret 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth +48 Laps 24


  • McLaren Fan

    Fantastic Hamilton back on top awesome finale

  • Butterfly

    Hamilton could only win because he had the best car.

    Alonso, on the other hand, again made a masterful drive, exceeding the capabilities of his car. Nobody could have done this. He is simply the best.

  • Obviously

    What an entertaining GP… !! No BS about tires, and extended nonsensical bitching.

    Perez, what a drive!
    GRO, also… Well done.
    SEB last lap 1:15.. Cool.
    Shame for the Scuderia strategy.. ALO, should have known better and followed HAM into pits.
    Even for HAM, he really did well, and also the team.

    Still Perez… Though… He was smoking it for the final 12-15 laps…!!!

  • f1lover

    @yallaf1 isnt it seven from seven??? #check it!!!

  • Fw34

    Its seven from seven..correct please

  • Ibrahim

    Its the seventh race… 7 of 7 guys

  • ovii

    hamilton deserved ths victory….. wht a race tht was!! again hard luck for msc!!

  • Selvam

    Correction… Seventh winner out of Seventh races

  • Lol.

    Apparently one team has put in a complaint because when Hamilton was getting weighed, he was hold a Union Jack.

    I sincerely hope this is untrue.

  • f1 fan

    Well done Hamilton, Grosjean and Sergio, that was one of the best races so far!! its time for hamilton to really sign a new contract with mclaren !!

  • John

    @butterfly : hamilton doesnt have the best car. the best car, i would say would be the lotus today. button was suffering with a massive stiff front end throughout the race and quali. i believe what gave hamilton the win is his driving style and nature. hes more aggressive driving style, heats up the tyre fast to its optimum performance window. and besides, this is hamilton’s track. he loves it here. fast corners and massive overtakings.

    Alonso was, as usual a really great and controlled driver. but he didnt pull anything spectacular out of the hat today. i feel it is unwise to judge the ferrari now as incapable car. it has progressed by leaps and bounds since melbourne. What happened today was ferrari getting their strategy wrong and running at 1 stopper.

    I would regard Perez as the driver of the race for overtaking 10+ places to reach the podium! masterfully managed his tyres with that one stopper, and surprisingly had pure pace towards the end of the race with really old tyres. thumbs up on the way he capitalised the error made by rosberg on massa.

    Mercedes today was disappointing, again with the embarrassing usual schumi blunder. They were rated favourites before the race due to the nature of the track (high speed, fast corners). With schumi missing his flying lap in quali and his DRS problem during the race, disappointing.

  • AlonsoFan

    well done Lewis;a fantastic drive but Alonso was let down by the same idiots(strategy team of Ferrari) who cost him the 2010 Championship and same applies to vettel aswell

  • f1 fan

    Hamilton did not just win because of the best car @Butterfly im sure you watched the race closely , how hard hamilton raced on his nerves to overtake Alonso and Vettel even after two pitstop delays!! and if he hadn’t drove that fast he wouldn’t be doing fastest laps continuously ; Alonso’s strategy didnt work as he expected !!!

  • Jev

    @butterfly i think you should watch the highlights of the race again. regarding hamilton, it was a well deserved win. he fought hard today, especially with the pit stop blunder. i wouldnt say his car is the best. with the inconsistency of the 2012 season, its very hard to say which car is the best. Obviously you’re another alonso fan boy, he did a good job, everything within his capabilities today but ferrari just got his strategy wrong. It is not because he has a bad car. In case you havent notice, not one bit of the ferrari today is the same as the one in melbourne. they’ve completely revamped the F2012. i strongly suggest you invest in a pair of reading glasses. that’ll do you good.

  • Butterfly

    Needless to spend words on @Bitterfly and his madness.

    On the other hand, I did not like this race.

    It was very spectacular, ok, even smaller teams like sauber on the podium, and many overtaking.

    BUT: only the first 2-3 laps in each stint are about driver capabilities. Then the tires do 100% of the show.

    For example, Vettel & Newey did a very nice job in Quali, they were also fastest in the first 3 laps, then tires are gone and Vettel cannot shine anymore. He becomes is tire limited.

    I would prefer much better each driver driving on the limit of his capabilities, and not watching a tire-saving show + some small events in the pit stop deciding the race.

    Vettel I am sure would have gone much better in the old style F1. There would be less overtaking but I would still prefer talents (both driver and designer to shine.)

    Nowadays F1 is like a hard disk benchmark comparing many computers having the same hard disk. The various CPUs would make not much difference.

  • alonso_is_slow

    Needless to spend words on @Bitterfly and his madness.

    On the other hand, I did not like this race.

    It was very spectacular, ok, even smaller teams like sauber on the podium, and many overtaking.

    BUT: only the first 2-3 laps in each stint are about driver capabilities. Then the tires do 100% of the show.

    For example, Vettel & Newey did a very nice job in Quali, they were also fastest in the first 3 laps, then tires are gone and Vettel cannot shine anymore. He becomes is tire limited.

    I would prefer much better each driver driving on the limit of his capabilities, and not watching a tire-saving show + some small events in the pit stop deciding the race.

    Vettel I am sure would have gone much better in the old style F1. There would be less overtaking but I would still prefer talents (both driver and designer to shine.)

    Nowadays F1 is like a hard disk benchmark comparing many computers having the same hard disk. The various CPUs would make not much difference.

  • Psych4191

    @ Alonso is slow… Then explain Perez gaining multiple seconds a lap on the leaders on 30+ lap old super soft tyres….

  • Butterfly

    Guys, What the F* is going on here? I see a comment by “Butterfly” at the bottom of the page!!

    The trolls are impersonating people again.

    Anyway, good race, glad to see Grosjean up there, sad about Alonso, but, heck, it happens. It’s tight in the WDC and the car has a 0.3s deficit in qualy; hopefully they can close that ASAP.

    Oh, and FU, visz963/alonso_is_slow, I bet you impersonated me.

  • Lol.

    I wouldn’t worry. Happens to me a fair amount also.

  • Alonso_is_slow

    @Psych4191 – do you think because of Perez’s talent?

    @Butter…. no comment on your new symptoms.

  • fools

    First off…Alonso had the race. If anything pit with Hamilton or on the next lap because Alonso sectors were personal best and he has the best pit crew. smh

    That error cost him the race. Clearly Alonso was faster then Vettel through out the race until his pass late after Alonso gave up 4 spots due to ragged tires. Pit with Hamilton or the next lap and he would of been fine and right up on podium.

    Good job Perez and Grojean.

  • BILL.

    @Psych4191

    Your First Prediction Of The Remaining 14 Races Was Correct.

    Please, Just Give Us Your Prediction For The Next Race – You Know, The One That You Dislike So Much.

    Thank You.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • ryan

    it’s fucking about tyres again as usual not racing flatout hope u keep the f1 to your self FIA for suck up the so called F1 is dead

  • aks

    this f1 is getting boring soon we wll have people like narain karthkeyen and pedro del rosa or timo or some stupid ass too winning the grand prix stupid shit no consistency romain and perez on podium wat shit is this and raikkonen suffering after being so strong ferrari doing a blunder with pits wer they could have easily allowed alonso to pit along with hamilton on the second stop or 3/4 laps later and put on the super softs and he would have given hamilton a run for his life sheeeeeer madness

  • Hawk

    @aks
    There is nothing wrong with this season. The tweaks in the regs and tyre stuff are giving the big teams more to think about. At the end of the day still it will be the same teams/drivers fighting for the championship. The only difference is that this time they will work harder for it; not the silver platter of 2011. I will excuse you if you are Vettel’s fan but for me as a long time F1 fan I never want to see a repeat of 2011.
    Pls think longer and deeper and look at all sides of the coin. And for your info none of the seven winners is undeserving for you to call it a bore and compare them to HRT/Marussia.

  • Tripled

    this f1 is getting boring soon we wll have people like narain karthkeyen and pedro del rosa or timo or some stupid ass too winning the grand prix stupid shit no consistency romain and perez on podium wat shit is this and raikkonen suffering after being so strong ferrari doing a blunder with pits wer they could have easily allowed alonso to pit along with hamilton on the second stop or 3/4 laps later and put on the super softs and he would have given hamilton a run for his life sheeeeeer madness

    @aks i think you are disappointed in alonso and raikonnen achieving a disappointing result this race. please do not rubbish this season and F1 for that. grosjean was up on the podium because he was able to manage well his tyre wear, and lotus is as we know is dubbed ‘arguably the best car’ in terms of consistency this season. raikonnen wasnt able to go further up the order is because he had a fairly poor qualifying session. Perez is a fairly talented driver and he was able to capitalise every opportunity before his during the race. he managed to make his one stopper work, with his sauber which is high regarded as being the least harsh on its tyres. i am disappointed with mercedes not being able to heat up their tyres in the starting of the race, and shumi’s car.

  • AlonsoFan

    I just love F1 no matter if its 2010,11…but I am amazed at jenson button,he was so quick earlier in the season but where is he lost..looks like Mclaren cant focus on both drivers 2011 jenson was fast 2012 lewis these and its not the tyres like everyone says.

  • f1 fan

    Ya you’re right i wonder why everyone is always blaming the tyres there can be many other things we might not know such as poor strategy, some problem with car, driver etc.

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