Canada: Hamilton claims second victory of season
Just two weeks after their famous double act in Istanbul, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button made it a second one-two of 2010.
Lewis Hamilton obviously feels comfortable racing in Canada. In 2007, he notched up both his first ever pole position and his first GP victory. This year, he has pulled it off again, winning the Canadian GP from pole. Making up the numbers on the podium were Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line in fourth position. Hamilton has now taken over at the top of the drivers' standings with a points haul of 109. Meanwhile, McLaren continue to consolidate their lead in the constructors' championship.
The decisive factor in Montreal was tyre strategy. Hamilton and Button started on the soft compound while Vettel and Webber opted for the hard. On the first round of Red Bull pit stops, Vettel switched to soft tyres while Webber elected to stay on hard. The Australian then went on to lead the race for a lengthy second stint, but after pitting for the second and last time, he rejoined the race in fifth position.
Vettel could not derive any benefit from his middle stint on the soft compound, emerging onto the track behind Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Button. During the final few laps, Vettel was struggling to contain a technical fault, and he received instructions from the pit wall to ease off. After taking the chequered flag, the German immediately parked his Red Bull at the side of the track to avoid any further damage.
Alonso lost P2 to Button while overtaking a back-marker: the Englishman exploited the situation to secure the second McLaren one-two in succession. Nico Rosberg completed a fairly anonymous race to take sixth place behind Webber. The Mercedes driver thus made the best of a troublesome weekend.
At the start of the race, Rosberg's team-mate Michael Schumacher was in with a chance of a podium place, but following his first tyre change, a duel with Robert Kubica sent the pair of them skidding off on a detour across the grass. Schumacher finally managed to coax his car over the line with worn-out tyres. Sebastien Buemi finished eighth to bag four valuable points. Behind him, Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil took P9 and P10 to deprive Schumacher of a potential point or two.
2010 Drivers & Constructors Standings