Sunday, June 10, 2012

Canadian GP: Lucky Seven For Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton put in a masterclass display of speed to catch and overhaul two World Champs on his way to his third Canadian GP victory

In a race that was determined more by pit stops than on-track action, Sebastian Vettel lead from the start before dropping to third behind both Hamilton and Alonso after the first round of stops.

The second round, though, saw only Hamilton stop - and slowly. The McLaren driver, who had been leading Alonso by 2.6s when he came in, once again had issues as his right rear wheel man was slow to get the new rubber on.

Three laps later it became apparent that Ferrari would not be stopping Alonso, leaving the Spaniard to complete more than half the race on his soft tyres. That left him a sitting duck as Hamilton, on much fresher rubber, overtook first Vettel and then Alonso to lead the Canadian GP.

That prompted Red Bull to pit Vettel with seven laps to go, dropping him off the podium and putting Romain Grosjean up into third place. The Frenchman, who was one of the later stoppers in the first round, also had better tyres than Alonso and hunted the Spaniard down to finish second while Sergio Perez also overtook the Ferrari three laps from the end. Red Bull's decision to pit Vettel paid off as he too took a position off Alonso on the final lap.

Hamilton went on to win the grand prix by 2.5s over Grosjean with Perez completing the podium just ahead of Vettel. Alonso finished fourth, over 13s back.


01. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1h32:29.586
02. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 2.513
03. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 5.260
04. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 7.295
05. Alonso Ferrari + 13.411
06. Rosberg Mercedes + 13.842
07. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 15.085
08. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 15.567
09. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 24.432
10. Massa Ferrari + 25.272
11. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 37.693
12. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 46.236
13. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 47.052
14. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:04.475
15. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
16. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap
17. Senna Williams-Renault + 1 lap
18. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
19. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap
20. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps

Did not Finish

Glock Marussia-Cosworth 57
Schumacher Mercedes 34
De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 25
Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 23

Source: Planet-F1

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