McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took his 3rd Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada with an absolutely manic drive in a race that was a nail biter from the start to the end. The win puts him at the top of the 2012 Formula 1 Driver’s Standing with 88 points to Fernando Alonso’s 86. It was a fantastic race all throughout with pit strategy playing a vital role in determining the podium finishers.
Fernando Alonso led for a majority of the race followed closely by Sebastian Vettel when Lewis Hamilton pit from the lead. But Lewis’ 2 stop strategy proved to be the downfall of Ferrari and Red Bull Racing who did not have the grip due to extreme tire wear to stop the absolutely blistering pace of the McLaren after its second pit stop. In the end, Vettel decided to pit and was able to salvage some solace in being able to get past Alonso in the penultimate lap to finish the race in 4th place. Renault’s Romain Grosjean and Sauber’s Sergio Perez also drove absolutely disciplined races and waited until the opportune moment to get ahead of Vettel and Alonso to finish on the podium.
The race also meant the 2012 Formula 1 season saw its 7th different winner in the first 7 seven races… it looks like history is continuing to be made this season. Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Here are the complete standings of the race. The championship is still wide open for the drivers with the top 4 drivers separated by less than 10 points. Here are the current driver’s standings.
We can now look forward to the 2012 Grand Prix of Europe to be held at the Valencia Street Circuit, Spain from the 22nd to 24th of June.