The Canadian Grand Prix has a champion and its Lewis Hamilton, marking the seventh winner of Formula One’s first seven races of the season, an unprecedented feat for the racing association.
After winning for the third time Hamilton proclaimed:
”I think this mix-up is normal. I think this is going to be normal for this season. I think it’s great for Formula One. It’s great for fans today.”
Hamilton completed the race in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 29.586 seconds Sunday while seated behind his McLaren Mercedes, finishing 2.5 seconds ahead of Lotus’ Romain Grosjean followed by Suaber’s Sergio Perez in third.
Hamilton who used a two-stop attributed his win to “so much traction with fresh tires” while adding ‘I wasn’t able to do it a one-stop. I think I would have fallen farther back, as they did. I think a two-stop was just right.”
Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 and again in 2010.
With his win Hamilton now has a two-point lead over Alonso, of Ferrari (88-86).
In the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix rain-delays pushed the event to more than four hours, the longest race in Formula One history, however this year the safety card didn’t make a single appearance
Hamilton completed his second pit stop in the 50th lap and then ran his fastest in Lap 59 when he passed pole-sitter Vettel in Lap 62 and Alonso two laps later.
In a second marked by a close points standing Lewis Hamilton said of his placement:
”We’ve got a win and 25 points, but we’ve only got a two-point lead. It’s incredible how close it is. I think it will stay that close throughout the year.”