Hamilton wins Canadian GP, grabs lead in driver’s championship
A SUPERB strategy by McLaren coupled by some brilliant driving from Lewis Hamilton resulted to a Canadian Grand Prix victory for the former world champion.
Hamilton became the seventh different winner in seven races this season and took over the driver’s championship lead in the process by executing perfectly a two-stop strategy.
He was joined on the podium by Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez in his Sauber, who both made a one-stop strategy pay dividends by nursing their tires well.
At one stage it appeared as if double world champions Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari would join Hamilton on the podium, but the duo faltered down the stretch.
Vettel was forced to settle for fourth after starting on pole while Alonso finished fifth.
Victory wasn’t certain for Hamilton after pitting for the second time, leaving him nearly 15 seconds behind the pacesetting Alonso.
Come the 62nd lap, Hamilton eased past Vettel and a couple of laps later did the same on Alonso, who was also overtaken by Grosjean and Perez. Vettel, who made a late pit stop, also drove past Alonso before the end of the 70-lap race.
Hamilton improved his total to 88 points, ahead of Alonso’s 86 and Vettel’s 85. Noli S. Cruz