After chasing that elusive victory for over six races, Hamilton finally took his deserving victory at the Canadian Grand Prix of the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship. Tense moments were not uncommon, with McLaren almost messing up a pit stop, but Hamilton kept his cool and drove a fantastic race to overtake Vettel and Alonso in the final few laps of the race and claim his victory.
The Lotus Renault E20 proved its ability as being one of the most tyre friendly chassis and Romain Grosjean worked with the chassis, saving the tyre and driving across the finish line second having successfully pulled off the single stop strategy.
Sergio Perez was not a very happy man on Saturday. When asked if the Sauber C31 would find favour in the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, he wasn’t entirely positive. “Not at all. The long straights combined with the low downforce causes many problems for us. Also the forecast hot conditions will further heighten the level of difficulty, so as I said: nothing to lose and everything to gain. So let’s look on the winning side!” said Perez.
While the one stop strategy failed Alonso and Vettel, it seems to have worked wonders for Grosjean and Perez. Perez finished the race third having started from 15th!
Schumacher had yet another unlucky weekend having to retire after 45 laps with a rear wing that wouldn’t close perpetually open in DRS mode. Rosberg finished sixth, Webber seventh, Raikkonen eight while Perez’s team mate Kaobayashi finished 9th and Massa completed the top ten finishes.