Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix after having started from second on the grid as a two-stop strategy paid good dividends compared to an ultimately failing one-stop strategy for Fernando Alonso. Having led the race after the second pit stops, Alonso decided to stay on the same tyres and that allowed Hamilton as well as three other drivers to go past him on newer tyres towards the latter laps of the race. Alonso eventually finished fifth.
Renault’s Romain Grosjean was another one-stopper but his fresher tyres enabled him to overtake Alonso for second place and so did the Sauber of Sergio Perez who finished third. Sebastian Vettel also stayed out on his second set of tyres but after Hamilton passed him, he came in for his second stop and fresher tyres enabled him to pass Alonso into fourth place, dropping the Ferrari into fifth.
Nico Rosberg finished sixth for Mercedes ahead of Mark Webber in seventh, Kimi Raikkonen in eight, Kamui Kobayashi in ninth and Felipe Massa in tenth. Michael Schumacher had yet another disastrous race as a failed DRS wing forced him to retire after lap forty five. The Force Indias finished just outside the points as the race didn’t quite come to fruition for them.
It was a fairly uneventful race in the end with no accidents or coming togethers and only the stray spins here and there. Strategy and Tyres were the deciders for the outcome of the race and even though there was only one designated DRS zone this year, overtaking was far too easy on the back straight.
Whilst it might have been a brave call by Ferrari to stay out on their tyres, it was always going to be a losing battle as the Pirelli tyres have had low expectancy throughout this season. Alonso would have been guaranteed a podium place at least had he stopped for a second time. Alas, they ultimately paid their price for greed!
Whilst Alonso would have been fairly disappointed with the result, I bet someone else will be more than a tad frustrated at today’s race – Jenson Button. Started tenth on the grid, stopped thrice and eventually finished a lap down in 16th!
Hamilton now takes the lead in the Drivers’ Championship with 88 points with Alonso in second on 86 and Vettel third with 85. Red Bull are still ahead in the Constructors’ standings, particularly coz both their drivers are scoring points as compared to only one for the other front runners.
The F1 season now returns to Europe for the maha boring Valencia Grand Prix on the 23rd & 24th of June. Thank goodness for the Euros!