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

2010 Canadian Grand Prix

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91 comments on “Hamilton wins despite more pit stop problems (McLaren race review)”

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  1. S. Hughes has understandable observations, however oversensitive as they may be.
    Considering the traditional make up of the F1 audience.
    It is more than acceptable that there is a small bias towards Button.
    It is obvious that Lewis is the faster driver and the stronger racer in most conditions.
    However we must remember there many other intangibles that contribute to the final result.
    And these details are not always obvious as a lap time.

    Take this weekend for example. Hamilton was almost always on it (except maybe for first practice)
    Jenson had plenty of opportunity to panic and lose his head such was the pace of his teammate.
    Instead he stayed rather calm-collected and somehow salvaged a second place.
    This skillset has served him well and cannot be attributed to the team giving him preferential treatment.
    He seems to have the flair of a succeful trader or a winning gambler knowing just when to up the ante.
    The second half of 2009 was a great example of this unheralded skill, and quite possibly prevented the championship from slipping through his fingers. As it follows this turn of fortune in his carreer makes him now quite marketable.

    Certainly from several points of view, Lewis is pure magic.
    But it would be unreasonable to expect the press to constantly hark back this message.
    As the media’s popularity rely on its reporting back what the masses want to hear.
    It could be possible the masses are more attuned to titles carrying Jenson Button.
    It is also possible that Mclaren does not escape these business decisions, driven by the demand for a certain brand.

    So in this case it would be wrong to fault any party for adapting to the demands of the consumer.

  2. ‘and if he wins the championship this year there will be few who could reasonably argue that he’s not better than Alonso (my current #1 of the field, though that margin is diminishing all the time’

    @ Icthyes: Agreed. I’m a huge Alonso fan, always have been and I still consider him to be the ‘best’ driver on the grid and would rank Hamilton a very close second. However I believe Hamilton has more raw pace and agression than Alonso. It appears of late that Hamilton seems to be ironing out his weaknesses and therefore seems to be just getting better and better. If his trajectory keeps going up the way it is, I have no doubt that all of us will rank Hamilton as number 1 in a year or two!!

  3. Hamilton did a stunner of a race.His battle with Alonso was hard but fair both showing equal respect for each other both on track & off track.I think he is now the biggest challenger for the Red Bulls.

  4. And on a side note, thank you Keith for finally calling out S Hughes – you had every right to. Though everyone is entitled to their opinion and has a right to express it, saying ‘it’s racism’ 3147 times….is…….erm…… a broken record…..hmmm…..overkill…..hmmmm…….ENOUGH!!!!

  5. Jhonnie Siggie
    16th June 2010, 5:13

    Martin witmarsh saying nice things about Button is a management decision and does not mean that he favors him. It is important that Mclaren make their investment feel welcomed in the team. When button was about to switch, ppl were saying he was entering the lion’s den, so the public relations machinery at Mclaren might be working overtime to prove equal treatment. This may at times appear to uneducated viewers to be to Hamilton’s detriment but the reality is that what happens in the background is much different from the spin you read about. Hamilton is well paid is by no means defenseless. if he was being discriminated against, you would certainly hear about it.

    1. Also i think nobody except Button and maybe Withmarsh expected Button to manage so well in the team and up his game.
      Most of us on the internet as well as in the media expect Hamilton to drive his heart out and win a lot.
      So Button achieving something is more of a supprise and news item for everybody, and therefore gets more press space.

  6. spot on siggie. but why are you giving this nincompoop the oxygen she craves?

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