Hamilton the predator races to victory in Canadian Grand Prix
McLaren man becomes seventh driver to win this season by overhauling Vettel and Alonso
LEWIS HAMILTON became the seventh different driver to win a Grand Prix this season as he romped to victory in Canada, hunting down and passing Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the final laps of the race.
The pressure was on the English McLaren driver before the race, as he was the only one of the big name drivers who had not won a Grand Prix this season. However, he responded with what the team called a "beautifully controlled" race.
"Canada was hectic, breathless and utterly thrilling during one of those Grands Prix that gives every driver a chance to shine," reported The Times.
The drama came in the closing stages as Ferrari and Red Bull took a huge gamble in a bid to deprive Hamilton of the win, and appeared to change their strategy, but they ended up ruing their decision as both Alonso and Vettel finished outside the top three.
The race leader Hamilton pitted after 50 laps re-emerged some way behind Vettel and Alonso. It then became apparent, despite McLaren's belief that their rivals would come in, that neither of the drivers in front of him was planning to make a second pit stop.
"To win, Hamilton had only to make up 15 seconds immediately to Vettel and then overtake two double world champions - so no big deal, then," commented the Times.
But, armed with new tyres he began to reel in the leaders. As The Guardian reported: "Fastest lap followed fastest lap and first Vettel, then Alonso, succumbed to the pace Hamilton's fresher rubber was imparting... Vettel and Alonso's gamble not only failed but compromised their placings, beaten into fourth and fifth by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean and the Sauber of Sergio Perez."
However, it was not all good news for McLaren. The Daily Telegraph pointed out: "Hamilton's mood was in stark contrast to that of his team mate Jenson Button, who started 10th and finished down in 16th, his title hopes now hanging by a thread."