Two stops was always my plan, says Hamilton
10 June 2012 – Lewis Hamilton has shared his version of events after a thrilling race of mixed strategies in Canada. Having overhauled Sebastian Vettel at his first pit-stop and Fernando Alonso on the track, the McLaren driver did so again after pitting for a second time.
When leading after the first round of stops, Hamilton feared that those chasing would not be pitting for a second time; confirming his suspicions, the 2008 Champion was forced to catch and overtake both of his fellow title winners after visiting the pits for a second time. Dispelling thoughts that he only decided to pit again during this afternoon’s race, Hamilton has stressed that this had been McLaren’s strategy all along.
“We went into it knowing we’d do two stops and I had a feeling that Fernando would do one,” Hamilton said after the race. “So I know I had to create a gap but also look after my tyres – that was one of the best stints I have ever had. What a feeling! This is where I won my first Grand Prix…I knew this would be tough, but I loved every since minute of it.
“When I crossed the finish line, it was just like an explosion.”
Becoming the seventh winner in as many races this year, Hamilton has now won in Montreal on three separate occasions – matching the sum of Nélson Piquet and going second only to Michael Schumacher’s seven. The Stevenage man, who dedicates the victory to his fans, now retakes the lead in the title race.