WOW! In some peoples eyes may be this years race wasn’t quite as epic as last year but I will disagree.
Over the course of the weekend Lewis Hamilton has pretty much been on it, bar qualifying where Vettel pulled out a brilliant lap to claim pole. He seemed to turn up this weekend and want to make a point of don’t rule me out of this Championship.
How they started
Unlike so many Canadian Grand Prix everyone got off the line clean and around the first few corners without any real drama. Vettel started to pull away from Hamilton followed by Alonso It pretty much stayed as is until the first round of pit stops where at the end of that Alonso lead Hamilton who was in front of Vettel. Hamilton then managed to pass Alonso using DRS and pulled out a healthy lead.
Hamilton then asked the team on the radio ‘are you sure they’re doing two stops?’ the team responded with ‘yes’ and so a few laps later he pitted for fresh tyres. This left Alonso leading a chasing Vettel and out came Hamilton flying around the track setting fast lap after fast lap only to then be told ‘erm they may only be one stopping’
In seasons gone past this may have thrown Lewis but not this season and bam he kept pushing. First he hunted down Vettel and shortly after breezed past Alonso to lead home his first win of 2012.
With the win gone Vettel pitted but Alonso decided to stay out and it cost him dearly as the impressive Grosjean and Perez passed him and then finally Vettel piped him to 4th.
While the front of the field performed it was a disappointing weekend for Schumacher who has to retire when his DRS failed to enable and Jenson Button who missed a whole day of practice on Friday came home in a poorly 16th.
Driver of the day in my mind was Romain Grosjean who managed his tyres perfectly and only pitted once to finish with 18 Championship points and give Lotus-Renault their best finish.
- Lewis Hamilton 88pts
- Fernando Alonso 86pts
- Sebastian Vettel 85pts
- Red Bull Racing 164pts
- McLaren Mercedes 133pts
- Lotus-Renault 103pts
What will the European Grand Prix in Valencia bring? Well I don’t expect it to become 8 in 8!