Lewis Hamilton wins the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 11, 2012

Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix was extremely thrilling. So far this season, there have been no repeat winners in the last seven races. Hamilton, the world champion in 2008, won the race by outdoing Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso when it came to tactics.

At the beginning, the three drivers, who were on super-soft Pirelli rubber, drove straight to the front of the field. Ferrari’s Alonso seemed to have the advantage over the Red Bull’s Vettel and Hamilton from McLaren. Even so, the Briton had an excellent middle stint during the race and was only able to achieve a small gap between its rivals.

Tension mounted as Hamilton was brought for a second pitstop for new tires, if we believe rumors that Ferrari and Red Bull will both use a similar strategy. When it had become apparent that Alonso and Vettel would both take risks in reaching the race’s end using a one-stop strategy, McLaren told Hamilton to go on a charge to narrow the ten-second advantage of the leaders.

He was able to squeeze past Vettel easily. He then went past Alonso, who suffered some tire wear issues in the closing laps. The Spaniard fell by fifth place at the end as Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and Sauber’s Sergio Perez gained ground and got into the podium places. Vettel was able to recover and ended up at fourth. Hamilton was ecstatic with this first win since last November. This also places Hamilton at the top of the world championship standings, having two points higher than Alonso and three more compared to Vettel.

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