Hamilton makes it 7 in Canada

Lewis Hamilton secured his first win of the 2012 season by becoming the seventh different winner in as many race in Canada this afternoon. The McLaren driver was otherworldly in his approach to Sunday’s race by blistering the time sheets with fast sector and lap after fast sector and lap.  The British driver was elated to return to form at the site of his very first grand prix victory 5 years ago and drove a brilliant race even overcoming a pit stop bobble.

The pit stop strategies were mixed with several teams attempting a one-stop strategy and while this worked marvelously for Lotus F1’s Romain Grosjean, who secured 2nd, and Sauber’s Sergio Perez placing third; it was not to be for Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso or Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari and Red Bull opted for a one-stop strategy but neither driver could make their tires last long enough to hold off a the two-stopping Hamilton on fresher rubber. Grosjean and Perez, contrarily, made their one-stop tire management program work flawlessly and were setting blistering paces toward the end of the race. Both drivers blew by the waning Ferrari of Alonso in the closing laps to secure podium positions rendering the Ferrari driver in 5th.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was equally hampered by a one-stop strategy and opted to come in in the last laps of the race to change tires. The move would afford the German the ability to pass Alonso for 4th.

 

Pos Driver Team Time
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           1h32:29.586
 2.  Grosjean      Lotus-Renault              +     2.513
 3.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +     5.260
 4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +     7.295
 5.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    13.411
 6.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    13.842
 7.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    15.085
 8.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +    15.567
 9.  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
World Championship standings, round 7:
 Drivers: Constructors: 
 1.  Hamilton      88        1.  Red Bull-Renault          164
 2.  Alonso        86        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          133
 3.  Vettel        85        3.  Lotus-Renault             108
 4.  Webber        79        4.  Ferrari                    97
 5.  Rosberg       67        5.  Mercedes                   69
 6.  Raikkonen     55        6.  Sauber-Ferrari             58
 7.  Grosjean      53        7.  Williams-Renault           44
 8.  Button        45        8.  Force India-Mercedes       28
 9.  Perez         37        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari          6
10.  Maldonado     29
11.  Kobayashi     21
12.  Di Resta      21
13.  Senna         15
14.  Massa         11
15.  Hulkenberg     7
16.  Vergne         4
17.  Schumacher     2
18.  Ricciardo      2
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