Canada has thrown up some epic races in recent seasons. It was the scene of Robert Kubica’s mega crash in 2007 and Hamilton’s maiden victory that same year. The following season, Kubica took his first and so far only win, and last year we saw an exceptional race which saw Jenson emerge victorious after passing Sebastian Vettel on the last lap.
This year Vettel started on pole ahead of Hamilton and Alonso and they ran in that grid order in a close faught early stint. But after the first stops, Alonso emerged in the lead but was immediately passed by Hamilton who led the middle part of the race comfortably.
It was not until lap 50 that the race really came alive. Hamilton ran a two-stop strategy and pitted for his second stop on lap 50 and, having come out in third place, Hamilton chased down both Vettel and Alonso, breezing past Vettel on lap 62 and Alonso on lap 64 as they were both struggling on old tyres. Just as last year, this race had been decided in some exciting closing laps.
Vettel immediately pitted for fresh tyres and went on to finish in 4th place. Alonso tried desperately to hang on for 2nd but his pursuit was doomed as first Romain Grosjean and then Sergio Perez zoomed past him leaving him eventually finishing in 5th.
…finished a dejected 16th,
What a season 2012 is turning out to be! Hamilton’s victory means that this is the seventh different winner in seven races in 2012, and Canada, always a happy hunting ground for Lewis in the past, was kind to him again. His team mate Button finished a dejected 16th, a lap down, and seems unable to emerge from his recent poor form. An exciting summer of F1 awaits us!