McLaren secures Montreal 1-2

Lewis Hamilton picked up his second victory of the 2010 campaign to move into the championship lead ahead of team-mate Jenson Button to secure a McLaren 1-2.

Hamilton had qualified on pole and held his lead into the first corner ahead of the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.

While the front-runners made it through the opening corners unscathed, there were incidents behind with Vitaly Petrov and Pedro de la Rosa tangling and Felipe Massa colliding with Tonio Liuzzi’s Force India. Petrov was the only one of the four not forced to pit at the end of the opening lap as a result.

McLaren had started the race on the softer tyres and it didn’t take long for the cars behind Hamilton on the harder rubber to start putting him under pressure, with the Briton forced to defend to keep Vettel and Fernando Alonso behind.

Team-mate Button was also under pressure from Webber for fourth, with the Australian getting ahead on lap five just before Button dived into the pits to make his first stop.
Under pressure from the cars behind, Hamilton pitted on lap seven along with Alonso, with the pair becoming embroiled in a race off pit road that Alonso won to get ahead.

That left Vettel and Webber out front until they pitted on consecutive laps, which handed the lead of the race back to Hamilton – who had dived down the inside of Alonso at the hairpin as the pair fought to get past the Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi prior to the Swiss driver ducking in to make his stop.

Hamilton held on ahead of Alonso until he pitted for a second set of hard tyres, with the Spaniard, Button and Vettel following suit. Webber however elected to stay out on his tyres as long as possible before swapping to the softs for his final stint.

Webber’s tyres soon started to go off however and Hamilton and Alonso were able to close in on the Australian, with Hamilton taking the lead of the race before Webber pitted for tyres and dropped to fifth.

That left Hamilton out front ahead of Alonso, Button and Vettel – the latter having been warned of a possible issue with his car – and he was able to maintain an advantage over Alonso as Button pressed for second.

When Alonso was held up behind Karun Chandhok’s Hispania, Button saw his chance to pounce and made it through to second place to give McLaren a second maximum score in as many events.

Button tried his best to close in on Hamilton but as the laps wore down, the top three became more spread out while behind, Vettel was able to take fourth despite slowing in the final laps with Webber taking fifth.

Nico Rosberg was sixth for Mercedes with Robert Kubica in seventh; the Pole being one of a number of drivers to clash on track with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher on a wretched day for the German.

The pair both went over the grass as Schumacher attempted to stop Kubica finding a way past after an early pit stop, and then suffered with graining tyres later in the race which left him as a sitting duck for cars behind.

Sebastien Buemi was able to find a way past to secure eighth place in the race, with Felipe Massa attempting to them make a move for ninth only to be forced onto the grass approaching the final chicane – damaging his nose and being forced into an extra unscheduled stop.

That left Tonio Liuzzi to launch an attack on Schumacher and a bruising final lap that included contact on more than one occasion saw the Italian steal ninth. Team-mate Adrian Sutil also passed Schumacher for tenth with the German outside the points in eleventh.

Jaime Alguersuari was twelfth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello, with Massa’s late stop dropping him down to 15th.

Heikki Kovalainen was best of the newcomers in 16th, finishing ahead of Petrov who picked up two drive through penalties during the race – one for jumping the start and the second for causing the incident with de la Rosa on lap one.

Karun Chandhok and Lucas di Grassi completed the finishers, with the new teams all seeing one car retire. Sauber endured another wretched race, with de la Rosa retiring with what appeared to be an engine issue and Kamui Kobvayashi sliding into Champions Wall on the opening lap.

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Post 25, did you come up with that all by yourself? Gold star for that one mate! 99 more and you’re officialy an imbicile

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Beautiful 1-2 by McLaren. Regarding Alonso’s performance, it should be noted that it is a part of a racing drivers skill to anticipate the lapping of back-markers such that you defend your position from rear attack. Senna was supreme at this, always timing his approach to a back-marker to minimise his chances of getting stung. Alonso proved less than adept at this yesterday, twice stumbling and letting his opponents through.

I really can’t understand the mentality of this guy. Screws up in Turkey on set up then blames the car as if its gone steadily backwards. Without any new parts to bring to Canada, it’s all of a sudden on the pace. So glad he’s at Ferrari!

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lol, when i saw them pitting after 7 laps,.. i said OMG,. we are going to see 10 pitstops,lol,. it would have been cool

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Well said Vlad…I didn’t understand the comments about Alonso racing a better race either. If it wasn’t for traffic he would have won?? That’s bull…it’s all a part of the sport. The best driver ALWAYS wins. No excuses…suck it up haters

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I wanted Webber or Button to win, they drive better and they have more experience than Lewis.

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I want Schumacher to get back on form again and do well as much as the next guy, but he was definitely violating the agreement amongst the drivers not to move more than once to defend one’s position. Now, he obviously doesn’t get punished for breaking a gentleman’s agreement, but it does demonstrate a lack of class.

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boring race, knew what the result would be from the start, Red Bull are extremely poor at race strategy.

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WHAT A BRILLIANT RACE! CRASHES, OVERTAKING, ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT ACTION AND A SUPER WIN BY THE LEGEND LEWIS HAMILTON!!!!

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buemi should have won lol

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there’s a lot of petty sniping and b*tching on this forum. get over yourselves… the montreal race was pretty good, i hope they’re back there every year cos the track makes for a good race. and for all the moaners saying xxxx shoulda won, well, it’s a combination of car, driver, team, strategy, luck and (inshallah) whoever crosses the line first generally does so because they were the fastest and therefore, they win. simple, innit?? rock on, jenson and wedges, 1 2 1 2 1 2..

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Jensen and the the pretty boy-did drive well
BUT THEY GOT LUCKY again!!

pauly-if there so bad at race strategy HOW COME THEY KEEP WINNING??

Ricardo-stop dreaming schuey is no more than a pr exercise-he is a legend-but legends are from the past.

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i wish they would use the 2008 F1 cars

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Go Hamilton, Angola is with you

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one of the best races ive seen in years, plus all 5 top drivers are well an truly in with a chance of still winning, what more can you ask.
with new upgrades coming anyone of these drivers could shoot ahead then be pulled back in by another.
i am certainly enjoying this years Formula 1.

Red Bull only need to get there act together and either one of there drivers will be back in front.

im a McLaren supporter but not one eyed, i can see the danger Red Bull and still Ferrari represent, plus i wish them well. it makes for some of the closest racing you could ever ask for.

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blue heeler – They’re getting lucky a lot. At what point does luck become indistinguishable from skill? They may not be the best team (emphasis on ‘may’), but they’re definitely in the running.

Also, I am definitely dreaming, but I have to hope. He’s never really had class, but watching him flounder about without the pace to back up his ‘win at all costs’ attitude is just too painful to watch.

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GREAT RACE! Probably the most entertaining circuit on the schedule besides Spa, glad that its back. But now we head to the most pathetic excuse for a racing circuit Valencia… sigh.

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To right Ricardo!
I also would rather remember MS in his time!
Hes not hungry at all like the younger drivers – and doesnt need the money,his car is not really competitive either.
I doubt he will renew his contract..

Yes luck and skill almost impossible to tell apart in f1 theses days.

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Montreal proves once again why it must stay on the calendar – it was the best race of the season to date – even with Michael up to his old tricks – can’t wait for Spa and Silverstone!

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Great race! Great track! Shame cars became so damn ugly compared to the 2008 edition, hope this snow plow front wing will be changed for next year!

Btw, they must be eating their hats at the Mercedes ‘Vorstand’, what a mistake to buy this Brawn team and bring Schumacher back on track.
Hope it won’t end up same way as BMW did with Sauber…

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I think Shumi’s driving is getting worse same as Mercedes car.

Anyway, We all been saying give him time but we should be seeing improvements already with the team and him.

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Perfect Race. Perfect Track. Perfect Podium

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This season is fantastic! The memories of Bahrain seem distant. Again, McLaren have got the absolute best out of the situation (a feature of McLaren’s season). The tyres also made for an exciting race. Shame that the next race is in Valencia, it’ll be a snore-fest

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I will be at the Silverstone GP, if it can be half as exciting as Montreal I’ll be happy.

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Fantastic race; Valencia has been known to be boring unfortunately

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