Lewis Hamilton made history again at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday becoming the seventh different winner in seven races this Formula One season.
The 27-year-old Brit earned his first victory of 2012 after passing Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with six laps remaining in the 49th edition of the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre Dame.
It was his 18th career victory after his triumphs in 2007 and 2010 and hoisted him back into serious contention for the drivers’ title in this year of unexpected results and unpredictable racing.
“I loved every single minute of it and I’m really very, very grateful,” Hamilton said.
“But right now, it’s still sinking in. It’s been five years since I first won here but it feels just as good.
“I was thinking they (Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso) were falling behind and I assumed they were doing a one-stop so I decided to keep pushing.
Hamilton, who has suffered considerable frustration this season and not optimistic post-qualifying on how his tyres might handle, was quite rightly, hugely satisfied by the win his team described as “beautifully controlled“.
Hamilton finished 2.5 seconds ahead of Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, with Sauber’sSergio Perez in third.
Defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was fourth and Fernando Alonso, who won in Malaysia and entered the weekend atop the standings, was fifth.
Red Bull leads the constructors’ championship with 164 points from McLaren (133) and Lotus (108). Ferrari is fourth with 97 points.
The Canadian Grand Prix is famous among F1 drivers for being eventful, and organizers were worried it might be too eventful given the vows by protesters to derail their big day.