Lewis Hamilton took his fourth Canadian Grand Prix win today in Montreal, beating teammate Nico Rosberg to the finish line despite being close on fuel consumption.
In fact both Mercedes cars were nursed to the finish line after Rosberg was also suffering with overheating brakes in his W06, which allowed for an interesting dynamic throughout the race whereby Rosberg could close the gap between him and Hamilton at certain stages of the race, particularly at the end when the leader was told to “lift and coast 100m” before each corner.
But by the end it seemed Rosberg’s brakes started to become more critical, as the gap increased to 4.3 seconds before dropping to 2.200 at the finish line.
Meanwhile Valterri Bottas finished in third after Kimi Raikkonen had an identical spin to the one he had last year at turn 10 after his first pitstop, which cost him a heap of time to the Williams driver who was able to pit a couple of laps later with enough of a buffer to stay in front.
Teammate Sebastien Vettel meanwhile worked his way through the field after having MGU-K problems in Qualifying and receiving a penalty from the stewards for overtaking under Red Flags in Practice earlier on in the weekend. After getting a good start the four-time world champion worked his way up to P13, before getting stuck behind Felipe Massa who was also making his way through the field and Marcus Ericsson.
The team then elected to pit Vettel, in what was suspected to be a one-stop strategy for the German. However this turned out to be an attempt to get him into clean air, which worked as he was able to close the gap between those in the top ten who had yet to stop up to eighth place.
This later turned into a battle for seventh with Hulkenberg, which ended in disaster for the Force India driver as the Ferrari attempted to overtake around the outside into the tricky turn 12 chicane. Both had to jump over the kerbs, with Hulkenberg spinning as he rejoined the circuit, costing him two positions. Vettel meanwhile continued, with the stewards later ruling that it was a racing incident between the two. He finished in fifth, which he said could’ve been a podium had it not been for his 10-second time penalty during the pitstop phase.
Massa meanwhile had to do his overtaking on the track, which saw the Williams drive go wheel-to-wheel with the Sauber of Ericsson at one point for P11 in the early stages, much to the pleasure of the Canadian fans in the grandstands. He finished sixth at the chequered flag, in what was an impressive comeback drive.
Elsewhere the Lotus driven by Romain Grosjean was doing well up until the point he made contact with Will Stevens on the back straight, which caused damage to the Marussia and a puncture for Grosjean – prompting an unscheduled trip to the pits for both. The stewards swiftly ruled Grosjean was at fault for the collision, handing him a five-second time penalty which would be added onto his elapsed race time. That meant he finished in P10 at the chequered flag.
Stevens’ teammate Roberto Merhi retired from the race with 13 laps to go. He was actually the third casualty out of three, the other two being both McLaren’s driven by Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso who retired just over half race distance with suspected fuel-releated issues.
Max Verstappen who received a melee of penalties from the stewards because of his troubled Renault engine and Monaco GP antics, didn’t progress as well as others did today. In fact it seems as though both him and Sainz went backwards rather than forwards, after failing to generate heat into their tyres. Sister team Red Bull were having similar issues, getting only one car into the points by the chequered flag in the form of Daniil Kvyat in ninth place.
Finally Sauber had another race to forget with both Ericsson and Nasr outside of the points in a lonely P14 and P16 for them.