By Alex Kapadia
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton became the seventh winner from seven races during this year’s
Formula One season at the Canadian Grand Prix today.
Hamilton adopted a two stop sprint strategy, completing the thrilling race on the soft tyres and going to the top of the world championship table.
The British racer, who started from second on the grid, crucially claimed the advantage over pole-sitter Vettel on lap 17 following his first pit stop – even though Red Bull had pitted Vettel from the lead a lap earlier.
However, Hamilton was passed in a similar way by Alonso, underlining the importance of pit stop strategy as the top three swapped positions. After he overtook the Ferrari driver, Hamilton made his final stop from the lead onto the soft tyre with 20 laps to go and emerged third: the prelude to a thrilling finale.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “With three World Champions starting from the top three grid positions, it was always going to be an entertaining race.
“Towards the end we saw Lewis Hamilton use the extra speed he gained from a two-stop strategy to overhaul his rivals.
“Particular congratulations as well to our former test driver Romain Grosjean, who was only 2.5 seconds behind at the end on a one-stop strategy, and it was another great drive from Sergio Perez, who once again demonstrated his perfect understanding of the tyres.
“The result is one of the youngest podiums we have seen in Formula One, which goes to show that the future of the sport is in safe hands.
“With warmer conditions and no safety cars, the degradation was maybe a little more than some people expected, which led to Alonso and Vettel’s tyres losing performance in the closing stages, after running very long stints.
“With several different strategies in play and the leaders catching each other at the end of the race, we couldn’t have hoped for a more thrilling finish.”