Hamilton becomes seventh 2012 winner in Canada
10 June 2012 – Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix for the third time and now leads the Drivers’ Championship. The seventh different winner in as many races this year, the McLaren driver made one extra pit-stop before passing Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. As the tyres of the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers fell off the cliff, Romain Grosjean and Sergio Pérez handsomely collected their second podium finishes.
A clean start is rare here, but most drivers remained in grid order over the opening few laps. A notable mover was Felipe Massa, who stormed past Nico Rosberg after an entertaining battle, only to spin out of contention at Turn 2 just minutes later. Running as high as fifth in the opening stages was Paul di Resta, but the Force India driver lost out badly during the pit window as he and team-mate Nico Hülkenberg both, surprisingly, failed to score.
Only four cars failed to make the chequered flag; HRT saw both drivers drop out of the running, with Narain Karthikeyan spinning at Turn 1 before a highly disappointed Pedro de la Rosa stopped with overheating front brakes. Unbelievably, luck was still not on Michael Schumacher’s side as his DRS flap became stuck open; the German has now scored just two points in seven races. The final retiree, following a spin, was Marussia’s Timo Glock.
With Vettel pitting on a bid to limit the damage, the leading Lotus and Sauber drivers overhauled Alonso to confirm a highly unexpected podium order. Following his second stop, Vettel was now four seconds per lap quicker than Alonso, whose tyres were destroyed, and easily grabbed fourth place. On the final lap, the Ferrari narrowly defended the last top five position from Nico Rosberg, whose Mercedes finished just four tenths of a second behind.
Lewis Hamilton’s first victory since Abu Dhabi last season leaves him atop the championship standings for the first time since mid-April. Again victorious on the track where he first triumphed in F1 five years ago, his 18th career win equals the total sum of Kimi Räikkönen.
Round 8 of the 2012 Formula 1 season takes place in a fortnight, with the Valencia Street Circuit hosting the European Grand Prix for the fifth time