Hamilton makes it magnificent seven
Jun 11 2012
Lewis Hamilton produced a stunning drive at the Canadian Grand Prix to become the seventh different winner of what is turning into a remarkable Formula One season.
Hamilton perfectly executed a two-stop strategy to take his third victory in Montreal, and with it reclaim the lead in the drivers' championship.
The McLaren driver was joined on the podium by Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez in his Sauber, the duo nursing their tyres to make a one-stop strategy pay dividends.
At one stage it appeared as if double world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso would join Hamilton on the podium - although in what order was unclear as the dying stages unfolded.
Instead, Vettel was forced to settle for fourth in his Red Bull, whilst Alonso's Pirelli tyres fell off a cliff over the closing laps as six from home he was leading for Ferrari, but could only finish fifth.
It means having started the day fourth in the standings, Hamilton now has a two-point cushion to Alonso and three to Vettel, with a further six-point gap then to Mark Webber who was seventh behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.
Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen, Kamui Kobayashi in his Sauber and Ferrari of Felipe Massa completed the top 10, with Force India's Paul di Resta 11th.
As for Jenson Button it was another afternoon to forget as not for the first time he was unable to make his tyres work, making three stops to finish 16th and trail Hamilton by 43 points.
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