All the post-race discussion from Canada. And what a race…

Aaaand, we were saying… McLaren might have messed up another pit stop and miscalled the strategy but Lewis Hamilton, just six months ago the weakest link in the team, stepped up to the plate. Seven winners in seven races now and who out there wants to bet against Romain Grosjean (second) and Sergio Perez (third) making it eight and nine winners by the end of this season?

That was some race, and some drive from Lewis Hamilton. Nothing was going to stop him winning that one. Lewis now leads the championship, and is driving like a man who intends to win it. He’ll need to beat Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso to do so, but we reckon on today’s form that’s more than possible.

Let’s get one thing straight; Vettel and Alonso didn’t lose this one, Lewis won it. Both Red Bull and Ferrari had their strategies wide open when the leading cars were getting set for their second stop. But Lewis, who pitted first, denied them any choice in the matter; the only way they were going to beat him was to gamble. And, gosh, how that gamble failed, especially for Fernando who’s race fell apart like Kimi Raikkonen’s did in China. There isn’t much effective rubber on the F2012’s tyres right now. Fifth was actually something of a result in the circumstances.

So how did Grosjean and Perez make a one-stop work so effectively? Do younger drivers have necessarily lighter feet? Something to come back to tomorrow. But, amazing to think Ferrari President Luca de Montezemolo dissed Perez this week, claiming he didn’t have the experience to deserve an F1 Ferrari drive. Your second driver, Luca, was tenth. Still, that was better than Jenson Button. When we find him on the results we’ll get back to you. Again, something for tomorrow.

So… Lewis, Grosjean, Perez, Vettel (after Red Bull showed the chops to admit it had called it wrong), Alonso, Rosberg, Webber, Raikkonen, Kobayashi and Massa. And possibly the race of the season so far… there are still 13 left to go.

We’ll be back in the morning, but let us know your thoughts below…

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Montreal delivers another outstanding GP, feeling proud to be Quebecois right now, and great job to lewis

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Lewis Hamilton has clearly had his teeth whitened :-)

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After seeing how far out ahead Vettel and Alonso were ahead of Hamilton, I didn’t know if he could do it but he drove like a bat outa hell pretty much every lap for the rest of the race.

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It was great to finally be able to watch a race live this season (local broadcast). That was an amazing drive by Lewis and you could see it coming apart by the second for Alonso. Good move on Vettel’s part towards the end to throw on super softs and was absolutely on it in the closing laps. Definitely great entertainment today.

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Lewis you BOSS, absolutly fantastic race

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Good race, brave call by Ferrari to
go that long on those tyres.
got 11 points, could have been more.

Well done Lewis, overall he deserved
this victory.
good to see Massa, get some point again
will give him confidence.

looking forward, to the european grand
prix.
should be a good race.

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Vettel should have come in earlier, could be leading the championship if he had.

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Not the most outstanding Canadian GP and DRS is increasingly looking stupid. Very interesting to have (very bald!) JV on the Sky team – enjoyed his comments and coming from one of the most fearless racers ever (his crash at Spa still freaks me out) were an interesting opinion. Also interesting to hear Ron Dennis making (qualified) whinges about the tyres. Race was meh – not much real overtaking and trying to be the best at being nice to tyres does not an enthralling race make (wonder if Brundle will get told off for calling it boring). Pleased for Grosjan and Perez though.

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“Let’s get one thing straight; Vettel and Alonso didn’t lose this one, Lewis won it.”
If that were true, they would have still come in 2nd and 3rd. But they didn’t. Their strategy was poor- it might have worked had they not been intent on keeping pace with Hamilton and therefore wearing out their tyres during the middle of the race. If they’d driven like Perez and Grosjean and held back it might have worked out. But by following Hamilton’s pace, then not pitting them at the same time as Hamilton, Red bull and Ferrari royally screwed up their races.

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All I have to say is, what the hell is up with Vettel? It seems like he hasn’t won in ages, and he couldn’t even make the podium.

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Great to see Lewis Hamilton back in good form. It’s quite hard to watch it over here in Sydney at 4:00 in the morning though.

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Bad strategy from Ferrari and RBR, they lost some good points. Quite good from Ham but it increasingly looks like he can’t win unless others make a mistake (which is unfortunate, considering he’s qualified in the top 3 all season so they’ve definitely had a good car, just mistakes from the whole team will definitely be the deciding factor at the end of the season).

Possibly a Sauber/Lotus-Ren win next time? Or maybe even Schumi….

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Very good drive by Hamilton and good strategy from McLaren. He really learned from last season. Well done, good pace and he beautifully conserved those tires.
On the other hand very bad strategy by Ferrari and RB, the teams have stolen their drivers points. At least RB have seen their mistake early enough to make it possible for Vettel to lower the damage they’ve done. Poor Alonso.
The race has been thrilling to the end, though I have to admit that these tires start to piss me off. They need to find a different way to set up F1 as the competetive sport it is at the moment without making the drivers running on raw eggs. No driver can push his car without being afraid to immediatly destroy his tires. The result is weaker teams being capable of being as quick as the tops and tha’st nice for a close championship season, but common, this is F1, I want to see cars pushed and not grandmas driving on a sunday afternoon.

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Chapeaux for Lewis at its best – he clearly deserved this one
there are so many moving parts in the race – but the dominating factor this year are the tires, it´s less the car and driver – see what the tire whisperer Jenson did…he is lost this year, who believes that somehow Lewis is that much better then Jenson suddenly?
Ferrari catched up – and lost it in the last stint, they gambled and lost – anyway great performance from the most complete and constantly faultless driver in the field
RedBull is catching up, they were clearly behind, Vettel showed his magic in qualifying but they are not there with their race speed – yet.

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Lewis Hamilton deserves that win. He went hard and drove like a true master. “He can’t win unless other teams make a mistake” ? Did you not see the mistake McLaren did on Lewis Pit Stop that should of cost him the race? His skills, devotion and driving is what made him win. Ferrari and RedBull just screwed up near the middle of the race and that cost them the race. Overall this has been my favorite race thus far and man was it a good one watching Hamilton up on that #1 podium. Good racing to Grosjean and Perez as well as to the other drivers, Hamilton good job and keep it up, you git this !

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Oh dear old poor Michael Schuhmacher! What in the world has gotten into his season this year? It takes all the experience of a seven time world champion to not curse into the nearest microphone or take a sledgehammer to your car. Let’s forget this season and aim for next year – if he’s still willing to race. And congrats to Lewis Hamilton, he has shown that he’s not just quick but also very disciplined when necessary! This season will be close. Good for us fans :-)

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what a race. all down to tyres and pit stops and mclaren outsmarted them all today. well done lewis, first win since abu dhabi 2011.

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