Hamilton wins thriller in Montreal

Posted on June 13, 2010

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Lewis Hamilton parked his McLaren atop the podium after a thrilling Grand Prix in Montreal.

In a complex, strategic battle the McLaren squad made the right calls on tyres to secure a 1-2 finish as their Red Bull rivals faded towards the end.

The tyres were more marginal than at any race this year and it did wonders for the racing. All of the top runners stopped twice or even three times as the drivers battled crippling degredation.

It ensured the race was genuinely unpredictable. Drivers surged forward only to fall back – none less than Michael Schumacher who, in a controversial race, travelled from 13th on the grid, to 3rd, before finishing 11th.

Red Bull finished 4th and 5th after nursing home Vettel’s car and making an error with Webber’s tyre strategy. It was solid after the Turkey disaster but the team must do better if they are to win this championship.

Alonso at Ferrari will be delighted with 3rd, a big improvement on earlier races this year – though a lot of the gain is peculiar to this circuit.

And what a track: Montreal always produces great racing, but was brilliant. The track destroyed the tyres, the cars ran incredibly close together and there were lots of changes in position.

Both championships are delicately poised as we near the turn of the season. Three world champions stood on the podium today and the 2010 season is beginning to live up to its amazing promise.

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