By Alex Kapadia
McLaren gambled with their tyres strategy and drove away from the Canadian Grand Prix with a one-two finish for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
The tyres played a huge role in deciding the outcome of the fiercely fought, action-packed race, which gave McLaren their second one-two finish in a row.
The teams struggled to make their Bridgestone tyres last as long as possible as degradation proved to be far higher than anybody anticipated.
The race took a heavy toll on the tyres as most favourites made their two pit stops before the halfway mark and then had to look nurse their rubber to the end.
It ensured the Montreal race was one of the most dramatic Grand Prix’s of the year as the lead constantly changed hands, and with no clear idea as to who would emerge the winner until the closing stages.
McLaren had seemingly gambled with both their drivers on the softer tyre at the start, in contrast to the Red Bull duo who were on the harder compound.
Hamilton claimed the championship lead ahead of the title holder Button with his 13th career victory, from the pole position, on the site where he won his first race back in 2007.
The next race is the European GP on June 27 in Valencia.