Hamilton wins despite more pit stop problems (McLaren race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton withstood pressure from Alonso for much of the race
Hamilton withstood pressure from Alonso for much of the race

Hamilton delivered a top-drawer performance, under considerable pressure for most of the race, to win the Canadian Grand Prix and take the championship lead.

McLaren made a risky call on strategy which was ultimately vindicated and Hamilton bounced back from another pit stop setback with some great overtaking.

Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 4 1
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’15.520 (+0.415) 1’15.105
Race position 2 1
Average race lap 1’20.510 (+0.032) 1’20.478
Laps 70/70 70/70
Pit stops 2 2

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Jenson Button

There were times in qualifying when Button lagged a long way off Hamilton’s pace. He got it together in the end to qualify within four tenths of a second of his team mate.

Button lost a place to Mark Webber as he struggled on the super-soft tyres at the start of the race, but gained it back through the pit stops.

While chasing Alonso, after an otherwise quiet race, McLaren told him they were catching traffic which might present an opportunity for him to pass. Button seized it, drawing past Alonso on the outside as they ran towards turn eight, claiming second place.

But it wasn’t enough to stop Hamilton overtaking him in the championship.

Compare Jenson Button’s form against his team mate in 2010

Lewis Hamilton

Became the first driver to beat Red Bull to pole position in 2010, claiming his third from three attempts at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

McLaren started both cars on super-soft tyres, which looked like a risk as they had proved weak on long runs in practice. A safety car would have played into their hands but one never came – instead Hamilton pitted after seven laps of pressure from Sebastian Vettel.

Fernando Alonso pitted at the same time and for the second race in a row a slow pit stop cost Hamilton a place. But he made the first of two important passes by taking Alonso as the Ferrari driver tried to pass Sebastien Buemi.

Hamilton’s second pass came when he caught struggling leader Webber. After their run-ins at Melbourne here was an opportunity for Hamilton to make the sort of mistake under pressure we saw several times in his championship-winning year.

But he motored by cleanly and the gap it bought him over Alonso effectively won him the race.

He put on a quick burst of speed late in the race, after his team mate passed Alonso, to discourage Button from making a bid for the lead. His 13th career win was up there with his best.

Compare Lewis Hamilton’s form against his team mate in 2010

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