Canadian Grand Prix Review

Lewis Hamilton on his way to victory

Lewis Hamilton on his way to winning the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton’s impressive win at Montreal sets the stunning record of seven different race winners in the first seven races, something that has never happened before in the history of F1.  Not only that, but the McLaren driver now leads the title as main rivals Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel dropped back near to the end due to miscalculated strategies.

It was an impressive performance from Hamilton who had to overtake both his main rivals after making a second pit stop for fresh tyres.  Both Ferrari and Red Bull gambled on a one-stopper and it almost paid off but with about ten laps to go they started to struggle.

Hamilton was catching both of them at over a second a lap and so once he did arrive it was fairly easy to overtake both drivers especially with the DRS available.

The question is, does this mean that McLaren have finally understood the Pirelli tyres or is it simply that they got lucky?  If you look at how Button struggled for pace all weekend you’d have to say it’s the latter!

Ferrari have certainly made good progress once again and were genuinely on the pace of the front runners, Alonso could arguably have won the race if he had pitted around the same time as Hamilton.

Red Bull weren’t affected by the changes they had to make to the car to comply with the rules and we have three teams now genuinely capable of winning races while the other teams that have won seem to have started to drop back a little.

Despite his impressive second place finish, Grosjean in the Lotus was never really quite in contention for the win and picked up the podium finish due to the gambles of Alonso and Vettel.  Perez got the best out of the Sauber that is very easy on its tyres to complete the podium.

Williams were practically nowhere all weekend, so it looks like a fight for the title now between Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso, but it may well be a season long fight without anyone being able to put back to back wins together, time will tell!

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