Date:Tuesday June 12 2012
Lewis Hamilton became the seventh different winner from the first seven races of the 2012 Formula One World Championship this weekend in Canada.
A feat that has never been seen before and is highly unlikely to be repeated.
Of all of Hamiltonís visits to Canada this was one of the least eventful, but was still one of the best drives of his career.
While everyone else appeared to be struggling for set-up Hamilton had it nailed on from the first practice session, topping FP1 and FP2.
Team-mate Jenson Button, returning to arguable the scene of his greatest ever drive last year, struggled to put his package together, in morning practice on Friday, he was 10th and in the afternoon he was ninth, but still half a second down.
Free Practice three came and Hamilton dropped off the top spot to 0.270 adrift of the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, a gap that he increased in qualifying, to equal Nigel Mansellís record of pole positions.
But despite not taking pole, Hamilton remained content with his Saturday afternoonís performance.
ďI was very happy with my lap - I squeezed every last ounce out of the car and didnít expect to be so far up the grid. In fact, I struggled a little in Q1 and Q2, and I wasnít sure about my ultimate pace at first, but, fortunately, in the end, I pulled it all together for Q3.Ē he told formula1.com.
The Brit of course would have wanted to have taken Vettel on the start going into the first turn, but the Red Bull had the best traction away from the grid and Vettel initially sped off into the distance.
But as the teams came towards the first stint of pit-stops, Hamilton managed to close the gap towards Vettel before he came in for his stop.
Hamilton then had two laps to try and undertake Vettel for the lead under the pitstops. For once the team didnít have a slow stop, but Hamilton had a gearbox full of neutrals as he tried to pull away, costing him valuable seconds in the pit-stop. It didnít stop him from getting in front of Vettel, however once the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso pitted the Spaniard came out in front of both Hamilton and Vettel.
He didnít stay in front of Hamilton for long though as Hamilton overtook his former team-mate with the aid of DRS just a lap later and once Grosjean pitted, Hamilton took the lead of the Grand Prix.
For the next 20 odd laps things settled down, Hamilton maintained a gap of four seconds over his rivals and Alonso and Vettel didnít appear to have anything to respond with.
It was only at the point that when Hamilton was closing in on his pit-window for his second stop did it finally dawn on everyone that Ferrari and Red Bull could actually be one-stopping, while Hamilton was on a two-stop strategy.
'Are you sure they are not trying a one-stop?' Hamilton asks, while McLaren remained confident: 'We're sure they're not on a one-stop, Lewis.' They were wrong.
Seven laps later and Hamilton pits, the once a race cock up on the wheel change is also in force, wasting a couple of seconds, dropping Hamilton down to third 12 seconds behind, over the next eight laps Hamilton drives his McLaren as only he knows best, setting purple sector times lap after lap and on some occasions cutting a whole second of lap time on Vettel and Alonso in front of him.
Two laps later Hamilton overtakes Vettel with the DRS, the double world champion having nothing to offer in defence, two laps later and Hamilton takes the lead from Alonso, with the race lost Vettel pits for tyres, while Alonso slowly drops back down through the field to fifth, eventually finishing 13 seconds behind Hamilton.
ďItís a phenomenal sensation to come back to Canada and put on a performance like we did today. This win feels as good as my first Formula 1 victory back in 2007. In fact Iíd say itís one of the best races Iíve had for a very long time. I feel fantastic, to be honest. Just brilliant. I could hardly believe it when I was driving across the line. That emotion inside, itís like an explosion. Itís really just incredible. Itís what I love best about motor racing.
ďI always knew todayís race was going to be incredibly tough. So, in the first stint, I was really pleased that I could keep up with Seb, and at that point I already felt sure Iíd be involved the fight for victory. Our strategy was always for a two-stopper: we knew it was going to be the fastest way to get to the finish. I looked after my tyres really well today, and I used them knowing we were going to two-stop.
Hamiltonís first race of the season propels him to the top of the Formula One drivers championship with 88 points, two more than Alonso and three ahead of Vettel.
Date:Tuesday June 12 2012
Ericsson and Perez ok after crashes (Wednesday July 30 2014)
Vettel rumours are bull**** says Lauda (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Blog: Hungarian GP Report (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Mercedes will learn from team-orders row (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Lauda backing for Hamilton (Monday July 28 2014)
Ricciardo takes second victory of the season (Monday July 28 2014)
2014 - Hungary - Race (Sunday July 27 2014)
Blog: Hungaroing Qualifying (Sunday July 27 2014)
2014 - Hungary - Qualifying (Saturday July 26 2014)
2014 - Hungary - FP3 (Saturday July 26 2014)
2014 - Hungary - FP2 (Friday July 25 2014)
Formula One to visit Azerbaijan in 2016 (Friday July 25 2014)
2014 - Hungary - FP1 (Friday July 25 2014)
Vettel would consider leaving Red Bull (Friday July 25 2014)
Hamilton keen on new Mercedes deal (Friday July 25 2014)
Could F1 pull Russian Grand Prix? (Thursday July 24 2014)
F1 return to Mexico confirmed (Thursday July 24 2014)
McLaren and Mercedes target Vettel (Thursday July 24 2014)
FIA set interesting precedent says Horner (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Wolff predicts Abu Dhabi showdown (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 11 (Tuesday July 22 2014)
Who will win in Hungary? (Tuesday July 22 2014)
Blog: German GP Report (Tuesday July 22 2014)
Accident wasn't scary from cockpit says Massa (Monday July 21 2014)
Alonso loved Ricciardo tussle (Monday July 21 2014)
Button backtracks (Monday July 21 2014)
What a week for Rosberg (Monday July 21 2014)
2014 - Germany - Race (Sunday July 20 2014)
Blog: Hockenheim Qualifying (Sunday July 20 2014)
Hamilton bruised but ok following shunt (Saturday July 19 2014)
2014 - Germany - Qualifying (Saturday July 19 2014)
2014 - Germany - FP3 (Saturday July 19 2014)
2014 - Germany - FP2 (Friday July 18 2014)
Wolff enjoys fantastic practice session (Friday July 18 2014)
2014 - Germany - FP1 (Friday July 18 2014)
Mercedes play down FRIC ban (Friday July 18 2014)
Rosberg plays down importance of next race (Friday July 18 2014)
Possible change to unsafe release penalties (Thursday July 17 2014)
Video: Rosberg signs Mercedes extension (Thursday July 17 2014)
F1 title chase starts now (Wednesday July 16 2014)
Oh FRIC, teams fail to find agreement (Wednesday July 16 2014)
Force India confident for good German performance (Tuesday July 15 2014)
McLaren confident in upgrades (Tuesday July 15 2014)
Schumacher's health 'slowly improving' says wife (Monday July 14 2014)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 10 (Monday July 14 2014)
Who will win the German Grand Prix (Monday July 14 2014)
Red Bull have failed to close the gap (Friday July 11 2014)
Bianchi impresses for Ferrari (Thursday July 10 2014)
Blog: What a difference a day makes (Thursday July 10 2014)
F1 teams could face suspension systems ban (Wednesday July 9 2014)
Massa quickest at Silverstone test (Wednesday July 9 2014)
Rosberg plays down Hamilton row (Wednesday July 9 2014)
Bottas finish surprises Williams (Tuesday July 8 2014)
I'm at the top of my game says Button (Tuesday July 8 2014)
I was lucky says Chilton (Monday July 7 2014)
Raikkonen ok after horror smash (Monday July 7 2014)
Rosberg reflects (Monday July 7 2014)
Perfect day for Hamilton (Monday July 7 2014)
2014 - Britain - Race (Sunday July 6 2014)
Blog: Silverstone Qualifying (Sunday July 6 2014)
2014 - Britain - Qualifying (Saturday July 5 2014)
2014 - Britain - FP3 (Saturday July 5 2014)
2014 - Britain - FP2 (Friday July 4 2014)
2014 - Britain - FP1 (Friday July 4 2014)
Button hits back at Dennis (Friday July 4 2014)
Video: Hamilton hoping for home glory (Thursday July 3 2014)
Pirelli boss defends F1 2014 tyres (Thursday July 3 2014)
Caterham sold (Thursday July 3 2014)
Beating Vettel gives Ricciardo confidence (Wednesday July 2 2014)
McLaren boss critical of Button (Wednesday July 2 2014)
Bernie wants three car teams (Wednesday July 2 2014)
Kobayashi ignores Caterham rumours (Tuesday July 1 2014)
Blog: Silverstone Memories (Tuesday July 1 2014)
Renault progress limited until end of the year (Monday June 30 2014)
Formula One Prediction Competition - Round 9 (Monday June 30 2014)
Who will win the British Grand Prix? (Monday June 30 2014)
F1 drivers speak out on rule change (Friday June 27 2014)
Ugly noses banned from F1 (Friday June 27 2014)
Standing restarts approved for F1 2015 (Friday June 27 2014)
Ecclestone slams poor teams (Thursday June 26 2014)
McLaren make Hamilton & Alonso approaches? (Thursday June 26 2014)
Standing restarts proposed (Wednesday June 25 2014)
Video: Schumacher medical data stolen (Wednesday June 25 2014)
Red Bull boss slams Renault again (Tuesday June 24 2014)
Williams maximised result in Austria (Tuesday June 24 2014)
Damage limitation for Hamilton (Monday June 23 2014)
Rosberg pleased with increased points lead (Monday June 23 2014)
2014 - Austria - Race (Sunday June 22 2014)
Blog: Austrian GP Report (Sunday June 22 2014)
Blog: Red Bull Ring Qualifying (Sunday June 22 2014)
2014 - Austria - Qualifying (Sunday June 22 2014)
2014 - Austria - FP3 (Saturday June 21 2014)
2014 - Austria - FP2 (Friday June 20 2014)
2014 - Austria - FP1 (Friday June 20 2014)
Force India challenge Perez penalty (Friday June 20 2014)
Red Bull challenge (Thursday June 19 2014)
Does Rosberg hold psychological edge? (Thursday June 19 2014)
F1 strategy meeting to be held (Wednesday June 18 2014)
Red Bull are not a one man team (Tuesday June 17 2014)
Austria could suit Lotus (Tuesday June 17 2014)
|7.||Push The Button||432|