F1: Hamilton outduels Vettel at Canadian GP

Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix while Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg lost further ground with fifth place after an eventful race.

Hamilton finished five seconds clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who had a shot at victory following a stunning start, but failed to make a two-stop strategy work at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in comparison to the one-stop for Hamilton.

It means after seven of the 21 races this year, Hamilton is now just nine points adrift of Rosberg, who spun near the end trying to pass Max Verstappen for fourth, with the world champion taking 34 points out of the latter’s early advantage over the last two races.

Valtteri Bottas also managed just a one-stop strategy to claim third in his Williams, scoring both his and the team’s first podium since Mexico last year.

Hamilton made another poor start from pole, while from third on the grid Vettel blasted by the two Mercedes drivers to take the lead. Behind Vettel, Hamilton held the inside line into Turn 1 where he and Rosberg bumped wheels as the latter attempted to pass around the outside.

The slight collision was enough to force Rosberg to go off the track, dropping him to ninth place and facing a battle to fight through the field in the cold conditions.

Rosberg lost another place before the end of lap one to fall to 10th, leaving Vettel and Hamilton to fight for the win and a battle of strategies between Ferrari and Mercedes.

Ferrari caused a surprise when Vettel pitted at the end of lap 11 and under a virtual safety car period caused by Jenson Button’s engine blowing on his McLaren, the Briton pulling his car onto a grass verge.

In switching from the ultra-soft tire to the super-soft, it was apparent Vettel would have to pit again with the soft compound being the mandatory set for the race designated by Pirelli.

At that stage Vettel dropped to fourth behind Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, although come the end of lap 18 he had cleared both to move up to second behind Hamilton. Six laps later Hamilton made his only stop, taking on the soft tyres, leaving him with 46 to the end, with the prediction from Pirelli being it could run for 50.

It was another 13 before Ferrari pitted Vettel again to take on the soft tyres, retaining his second place and emerging 7.8s behind Hamilton.

Vettel closed the gap to 4.3s behind Hamilton after 55 laps, but he locked up into the final chicane on lap 56 and again on lap 61 to drop him to 6.7s adrift, effectively ending his bid for victory.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen managed to hold off Rosberg to finish fourth, whose attempt at a pass into the final chicane on lap 69 ended with him spinning off track, albeit managing to keep his engine running.

Rosberg had had a shot at third earlier in the race, but he suffered a slow puncture to his right-rear tire with 19 laps remaining that dropped him to seventh at the time.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, the only two other drivers to finish on the same lap as Hamilton.

Completing the points-scoring positions were Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in eighth and 10th, sandwiching Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr., who had started 20th after taking a gearbox penalty before the start.

Also on the list of retirees alongside Button were Renault’s Jolyon Palmer on lap 18 with a water leak and Williams’ Felipe Massa after 37 laps with engine issues.

CANADIAN GRAND PRIX RESULT

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 1h31m05.296s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 70 5.011s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 70 46.422s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 70 53.020s
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 1m02.093s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 70 1m03.017s
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
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 35 Retirement
Jolyon Palmer Renault 16 Retirement
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 9 Engine

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Nico Rosberg 116
2 Lewis Hamilton 107
3 Sebastian Vettel 78
4 Daniel Ricciardo 72
5 Kimi Raikkonen 69
6 Max Verstappen 50
7 Valtteri Bottas 44
8 Felipe Massa 37
9 Sergio Perez 24
10 Daniil Kvyat 22
11 Romain Grosjean 22
12 Fernando Alonso 18
13 Nico Hulkenberg 18
14 Carlos Sainz 18
15 Kevin Magnussen 6
16 Jenson Button 5
17 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
18 Esteban Gutierrez 0
19 Jolyon Palmer 0
20 Marcus Ericsson 0
21 Pascal Wehrlein 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 223
2 Ferrari 147
3 Red Bull/Renault 130
4 Williams/Mercedes 81
5 Force India/Mercedes 42
6 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 32
7 McLaren/Honda 24
8 Haas/Ferrari 22
9 Renault 6
10 Sauber/Ferrari 0
11 Manor/Mercedes 0

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

Originally on Autosport.com


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