Canadian Grand Prix: Hamilton drifts to victory

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Mercedes AMG Petronas British driver Lewis Hamilton drinks champagne on the podium at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on June 7, 2015, after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Hamilton hammers Montreal

The Canadian Grand Prix has finally ended and it was a splendid day for Lewis Hamilton as he managed to claim a pole-to-flag finish on the Montreal track.

After a woeful Monaco GP, Hamilton was back in his top form.

Hamilton, whom is the only current driver to have won the Canadian GP more than once, continued to do so by passing the chequered flag just almost two seconds ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.

The Briton has now secured a 17 point gap ahead of Rosberg in the drivers’ standings.

“Did I need this? I think so. I think so,” said the champion after the race.

“I love Montreal, I love this track; I love the city and really just a fantastic weekend and great to get back on the top step.”

A duel between the Finns

Things took a slump for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen whom started third on the grid but was unfortunately overtaken by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas when Raikkonen spun on the out-lap following his pit stop. Bottas was then 12 seconds clear of Raikkonen and ultimately claimed his first podium win of the season.

Bottas is the only non-Mercedes and Ferrari driver to clinch a podium finish this season thus far.

Vettel stuns crowd

Sebastian Vettel finished an astounding fifth despite starting 18th on the grid. The German was given a five place grid penalty as a result of overtaking under red flags during the third practice session.

Nonetheless, he still did greatly and took home a points finish.

McLaren disappoints again

A twelve-time winning constructor, two world champions but yet a disheartening season.

McLaren-Honda served up another despairing weekend in Montreal as both drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were given a DNF.

Button endured a rather exasperating Saturday as he sat out the qualifying round due to an ERS-related failure. The Briton was granted permission to start last on the grid during Sunday and it could not have been worse for him when he collected a drive through penalty after the parts of his Honda power unit were altered.

Meanwhile, Alonso had failed to score a single point this season when he retired in lap 14 due to engine failure. The Spaniard did not hide his irritation at all following the event.

“Already I have big problems now. Driving with this, looking like an amateur! So I race and then I concentrate on the fuel.”

The constructor currently stands in ninth place with only 4 points.

Maldonado breaks through; Ricciardo handed setback

‘Crashtor’ Pastor Maldonado finally scored his first points in Montreal. Started sixth on the grid, the Venezuelan finished seventh with his Lotus, ahead of team mate Romain Grosjean whom finished tenth.

However, last year’s champion, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished a miserable 13th despite starting ninth on the grid. The Australian was convinced that something was wrong with his car.

“I made a few jokes yesterday thinking today would be better, and I didn’t think in my wildest deams today would end up how it did.”

“It was like two years ago to be honest, it was really strange. I had my worst race here in 2013 when I was 15th.”

“A year later I win, and now I am back where I was in 2013.”

The results were as how we predicted. The next race heads off to the Red Bull team’s home race- Austria.

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