Hamilton becomes seventh different F1 winner in 2012

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Monday 11th June, 2012 - 6:50am

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Lewis Hamilton

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has become the seventh winner of a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year, taking out a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.

The former world champion took his first win of 2012 using a two-stop strategy, passing one-stopping rival Fernando Alonso in the closing laps.

Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix win is his third at the Circuit Gilles Villenueve and vaults him to the top of the world championship table.

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and Sauber’s Sergio Perez finished second and third and were the best of the one-stop drivers. The duo nursed their tyres to make a one-stop strategy pay dividends, passing the fading Alonso in the closing laps who eventually slipped down to fifth.

Red Bull’s pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel took fourth place. The German led the opening stint but was passed by Hamilton and Alonso during the first pit stops. Vettel abandoned his one-stop attempt, making a late tyre change and was the last driver to get past the fading Alonso.

In sixth was Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg ahead Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who both used a two-stop strategy.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus, Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber and Felipe Massa’s Ferrari completed the top 10. Massa’s position was compromised when he spun from fifth place, dropping seven places.

Race result

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 70 Winner 2 25
2 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 70 +2.5 secs 7 18
3 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 70 +5.2 secs 15 15
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 +7.2 secs 1 12
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +13.4 secs 3 10
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 +13.8 secs 5 8
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 70 +15.0 secs 4 6
8 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 70 +15.5 secs 12 4
9 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 70 +24.4 secs 11 2
10 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +25.2 secs 6 1
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 70 +37.6 secs 8
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 70 +46.2 secs 13
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 70 +47.0 secs 22
14 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 70 +64.4 secs 14
15 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 19
16 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 10
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 69 +1 Lap 16
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 69 +1 Lap 17
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 69 +1 Lap 18
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 23
Ret 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 56 +14 Laps 21
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 43 Rear wing 9
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 24 +46 Laps 20
Ret 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 22 +48 Laps 24

Note – Maldonado qualified 17th, but dropped five grid places as penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Championship standings

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 88
2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 86
3 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 85
4 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 79
5 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 67
6 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault 55
7 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 53
8 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 45
9 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 37
10 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Renault 29
11 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 21
12 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 21
13 Bruno Senna Brazilian Williams-Renault 15
14 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 11
15 Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes 7
16 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Ferrari 4
17 Daniel Ricciardo Australian STR-Ferrari 2
18 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 2
19 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Caterham-Renault 0
20 Timo Glock German Marussia-Cosworth 0
21 Charles Pic French Marussia-Cosworth 0
22 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0
23 Vitaly Petrov Russian Caterham-Renault 0
24 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish HRT-Cosworth 0

 

 

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