Lewis Hamilton continued the resurgence of his Formula 1 season on Sunday with a fine victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
The Mercedes ace opted for a single-stop strategy and that proved to be the difference-maker in the end, allowing him to take the chequered flag in a total race time of 1hour 31mins 05.263secs.
Hamilton had earlier needed to recover from a poor start after he lost his lead to Ferrari’s hard-charging Sebastian Vettel heading into turn one. It was then during the drivers’ pit-stops where Hamilton regained the advantage before holding on all the way to only his second win in the last seven months.
The three-time World champion was classified five clicks ahead of Vettel, who had a two-stop strategy. Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished a distant third place to complete the podium placers.
Hamilton’s win earned him back-to-back triumphs following his victory in Monaco a fortnight prior. It was also the fifth win of his career at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, and it cut his deficit to just nine points on the Drivers’ Championship Standings from leader and teammate Nico Rosberg, who was fifth in Montreal.
“I didn’t make any mistakes all race, so I was really happy with that. It was very much about managing tyres today and the team were spot on with the strategy call. I really enjoyed the race - everything went unbelievably smoothly.”
Hamilton went on to pay tribute to the late, great Muhammad Ali, who had passed earlier in the week.
“I was just so in the groove. Over the last 10-15 laps all I could think of was Muhammad Ali - float like a butterfly, sting like a bee - because it really felt like I was floating. For me, and everyone I’m sure, he was such an inspirational figure, so that one was for him. I won my first ever race here in 2007 and this feels just as great. It’s such a blessing. Thanks to everyone who came out today. We come here every year and have the best week.”
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||70||53.020s|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||70||1m03.634s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||69||1 Lap|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||69||1 Lap|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||69||1 Lap|
|11||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||69||1 Lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||69||1 Lap|
|13||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas/Ferrari||68||2 Laps|
|14||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||68||2 Laps|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||68||2 Laps|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||68||2 Laps|
|17||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor/Mercedes||68||2 Laps|
|18||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||68||2 Laps|
|19||Rio Haryanto||Manor/Mercedes||68||2 Laps|
|-||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||16||Water pressure|
The Formula 1 season continues with another race next weekend – the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, from Friday to Sunday, being held for the first time at Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan.