Canadian GP - Race Report
McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain lifts up his trophy after winning the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 10, 2012.
History was made at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada with Lewis Hamilton taking his 18th career win for McLaren Mercedes making it seven different winners from seven races this season. Romain Grosjean for Lotus Renault took second place while Sergio Perez claimed third for Sauber.
They both overtook Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the last four laps of the race when his tyres were past their prime. Sebastian Vettel too swallowed up the Spaniard after trailing behind him for most of the afternoon. For Ferrari it was a strategy gone wrong. But for McLaren, they now lead the Drivers' championship.
It was a sunny day in Montreal with soaring track temperatures. But this did not affect the start as the entire grid got away cleanly. An aggressive Felipe Massa was all over the back of Nico Rosberg on Lap 2 and he pulled off a clean move to head the German. Paul Di Resta in the Force India got past Nico Rosberg too with DRS enabled.
Vettel began to break away by posting a fastest lap on Lap 5. Behind him the order was Hamilton, Alonso, Webber, Massa, Di Resta, Rosberg, Grosjean, Schumacher and Button.
Massa spun out at Turn 1, rejoined and fell back to P12. Hamilton then expressed his intentions to the defending champion with a new fastest lap. Soon at Lap 12 the top three qualifiers began to break away in what seemed their own battle. By Lap 14 Hamilton had closed in on Vettel with the gap being just 1.2s at first and soon just .80s. All three lead cars were within 2 seconds of each other. This made for entertaining stuff.
As the Pirellis came to life it was now Rosberg's turn to set a fastest lap. Race leader Vettel pitted for fresh tyres. He rejoined in P6. Hamilton pitted next and managed to jump the Red Bull car after his stop. Hamilton and Vettel continued their scrap into the DRS zone with the German nearly taking the British driver. Hamilton set a new fastest lap but as he crossed the straight Alonso had successfully jumped them both!
When they came around to the DRS zone again Hamilton out-dragged Alonso. The driving was top notch and the race promised to be the best one yet! Grosjean was the provisional leader as he had yet to make his stop. Lap 23 and the McLaren driver posted another fastest lap -1m 18:940s. On Lap 25 Karthikeyan spun out of the race.
Meanwhile Schumacher, who was touted to win this race by many after his pole at Monaco, was languishing in P13 ahead of last year's winner Button in P14.
Pedro De La Rosa was wheeled back into the pit garage signaling the end of HRT's campaign at Canada. Lap 27 and the race leader Lewis Hamilton was looking comfortable on his P Zero soft tyres setting a series of fastest laps. He didn't seem to have any of the issues his teammate encountered.