By taking the chequered flag on Sunday to win the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton amazingly became the seventh winner in seven races in the 2012 Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship. Not a bad start to what many commentators were suggesting could be the start of a period of predictability in F1 with Red Bull / Sebastian Vettel dominance.
Hamilton had an exceptional race which only really came alive towards the final laps. But his McLaren team-mate, Jenson Button had another poor race.
Lewis Hamilton came from third place to beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the Red Bull of current world champion Sebastian Vettel in the closing laps; and although his pit stops were slow in comparison, McLaren’s two-stop strategy won the day over Fernando Alonso, who would have probably finished second if it wasn’t for his fading tyres after Ferrari elected to go with a one-stop strategy.
After the race Lewis Hamilton to reporters:
“This for me feels like one of the best races I’ve had for a very long time.”
2012 Canadian F1 Grand Prix Result
1 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)1:32:29.586 – 25 points
2 Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault) +00:02.513 – 18 points
3 Sergio Perez (Sauber) +00:05.260 – 15 points
4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) +00:07.295 – 12 points
5 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) +00:13.411 – 10 points
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) +00:13.842 – 8 points
7 Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault) +00:15.085 – 6 points
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault) +00:15.567 – 4 points
9 Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) +00:24.432 – 2 points
10 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +00:25.272 – 1 point
With his first win of the F1 season, Lewis Hamilton goes back to the top of the FIA Drivers World Championship.
FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship
1 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) 88 points
2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 86 points
3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) 85 points
4 Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault) 79 points
5 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) 67 points
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault) 55 points
7 Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault) 53 points
8 Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) 45 points
9 Sergio Perez (Sauber) 37 points
10 Pastor Maldonado (Williams-Renault) 29 points