Third Canada win for Hamilton in 300th race for McLaren-Mercedes

Canadian Grand Prix stats and facts

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Montreal, 2012Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix victory was the seventh different winner in a row at the start of the season.

This is already a record for the beginning of a season, and it brings F1 another step closer to the all-time record of nine different winners in a row.

Hamilton’s credentials as a specialist around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was underlined by his third win from five starts at the track.

This was his 18th career victory, putting him level with Kimi Raikkonen in 14th place on the list of drivers with most wins.

Sebastian Vettel recorded his 32nd career pole position. He now has as many as Nigel Mansell, and is tied for fifth place on the all-time record list.

It was Red Bull’s third pole position in the last four races.

Vettel set the 11th fastest lap of his career on the final tour – he now has as many as Hamilton. He is the first driver this year to set two fastest laps.

Hamilton now has more podium finishes than any other driver this year, with four. Fernando Alonso is the only other driver with more than two.

300th start for McLaren-Mercedes

The race marked the 300th for the McLaren-Mercedes partnership, which began at the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix. Or, as McLaren put it, the 300th for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes/ExxonMobil/Mercedes-Benz/Enkei partnership.

Note this was the 301st participation for that combination in a race weekend, their cars having not started the 2005 United States Grand Prix.

McLaren have scored 177 wins, of which 73 were with Mercedes engines. The first was David Coulthard’s victory in the 1997 Australian Grand Prix.

Schumacher’s rare unreliability

Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2011Michael Schumacher’s fourth non-finish due to a technical failure is the worst reliability rate of any driver on the grid. Next is Charles Pic with three.

Schumacher has had as many race-ending technical failures in the first seven races of 2012 as he did throughout the whole of 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 – an 87-race run. His retirements then were as follows:

2001 San Marino Grand Prix – Suspension
2001 German Grand Prix – Fuel pressure
2005 Bahrain Grand Prix – Hydraulics
2005 Spanish Grand Prix – Puncture

During that period he had five other retirements due to accidents.

F1’s oldest driver dies

Formula 1’s oldest surviving driver passed away following the Monaco Grand Prix. Paul Pietsch was the first F1 driver to reach the age of 100, and died three weeks before what would have been his 101st birthday on May 31st. Pietsch started three races in the world championship era in the early fifties. Before the Second World War he drove for Auto Union and Maserati.

Robert Manzon succeeds him as the oldest surviving Formula 1 driver. The French driver, who made his final F1 start at Monza in 1956, is 95.

More Canadian Grand Prix stats and facts

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Montreal, 2012Second place was Romain Grosjean’s highest finish to date. His points haul helped move Lotus back in front of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.

Lap 19 was Fernando Alonso’s 1,500th at the front of a Grand Prix. He has now led 1,514 laps – only eight drivers in F1 history have led more.

Vitaly Petrov started from 18th place for the fourth race in a row. Pastor Maldonado’s starting positions in the last four races are 21st, 1st, 24th and 22nd.

Hamilton and Alonso remain the only drivers to have scored points in every race so far this year. Along with Vettel, Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg, they are the only drivers to have covered all 441 laps in races so far.

Maldonado has the most penalties so far this year with four, all incurred during qualifying. Vitaly Petrov is next with three, Hamilton and Schumacher are the only others with more than one.

Heikki Kovalainen has made the most pit stops this year with 22, followed by Jenson Button on 21. Felipe Massa and the Toro Rosso pair are next on 18.

Ferrari enjoyed their best combined grid positions of the year so far (third and sixth) at the track where they had their best qualifying performance last year (second and third). Alonso and Massa replicated their starting positions of 2010.

Finally, this was the first time the top three places on the podium were filled by drivers who graduated to F1 from GP2. Hamilton was GP2 champion in 2006, Grosjean in 2011, and Perez was runner-up to Maldonado in 2010.

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82 comments on Third Canada win for Hamilton in 300th race for McLaren-Mercedes

  1. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 11th June 2012, 11:09

    I must pay homage where it’s due, Hamilton owned this race, top drive!

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 11th June 2012, 21:10

      i gotta say, that is one incredible photo of him in the article. so close to the wall with the trees around him.

    • Bigbadderboom (@bigbadderboom) said on 12th June 2012, 9:09

      @funkyf1 agreed Hamilton was on fire, however I think his team deserve a big pat on the back. The strategy was aggressive and thats what won the day. Too much has been made of McLaren letting Lewis down recently, but in Canada they got it bang on. They put all their faith in Lewis, it was the quickest strategy, but rellied heavily on Lewis making all the passes and making good decisions. Well done Lewis, great job, but a special well done to McLaren for actually going for it, and not playing safe and hoping for a safety car or extended tyre life.

      • Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 12th June 2012, 11:32

        @Bigbadderboom you must be forgetting yet another sloppy pitstop the Mclaren team delivered to Lewis once again, they have a long way to before they are ticking all the boxes. In regards to the strategy, it turned out to be a lucky call condsidering it was based on what the other teams where believed to doing. The fact that Lewis didn’t buckle and continued to drive the wheels off that car in my mind is what got Mclaren the win, especially since his team mate 16th.

        • Bigbadderboom (@bigbadderboom) said on 12th June 2012, 14:14

          @funkyf1 McLaren were brave enough to trust their data, they even said before the race that 2 stops would be quickest. Theres no doubt that HAM deserved the win and drove exceptionally. All i’m saying is that McLaren were the only team in the front 3 runners at the time that made a proactive decision. And that should be commended, had they left Lewis out the chances are he would have suffered the same fate as Alonso. Personally i would rather be watching aggresive driving backed by aggresive strategies. And as you rightly pointed out they did have a rear right gun failure, but equally so lewis missed a gear and the car kicked in auto-stall on his other stop. I’m a big Lewis fan, he grew up literally up the road from where I live, but sometimes you have to acknowledge that the team gave him the best strategy, and without the early 2 stop call I don’t think he would have won it.

  2. plutoniumhunter (@plutoniumhunter) said on 11th June 2012, 11:27

    @keithcollantine I think there’s a typo with Petrov’s 14-race streak of starting from 18th.

  3. Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 11th June 2012, 11:27

    The record that Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel have never shared the podium still stands

  4. Shimks (@shimks) said on 11th June 2012, 11:40

    Interesting reading – thanks!

    I wonder… I reckon Ferrari will snap up Perez a lot earlier than they made out last week.

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th June 2012, 11:51

    LOLed at that Keith

    Or, as McLaren put it, the 300th for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes/ExxonMobil/Mercedes-Benz/Enkei partnership.

    The starting positions from Maldonado really show why he did not have many good results apart from his win in the past couple of races. Starting right at the back certainly is no advantage!

  6. marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 11th June 2012, 12:05

    Heikki Kovalainen has made the most pit stops this year with 22, followed by Jenson Button on 21. Felipe Massa and the Toro Rosso pair are next on 18.

    I think this is a nice highlight of just how well Buttons tyre conservation policies are working out. Very hard to understand.

  7. andae23 (@andae23) said on 11th June 2012, 12:06

    The average age on the podium was 25 years and 0 months. We haven’t seen such a young podium at least since the start of 2011.

  8. sato113 (@sato113) said on 11th June 2012, 12:57

    Vodafone were partners with McLaren in 1995?! surely not

  9. Enigma (@enigma) said on 11th June 2012, 13:08

    Hamilton has had a very interesting record in Montreal:

    2007 – victory
    2008 – retirement
    2010 – victory
    2011 – retirement
    2012 – victory

    So at all 5 of his Montreal appearances he’s either won or retired. The two races he retired from he could’ve won.

  10. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 11th June 2012, 13:23

    When was the last time (excluding circuits making their debut or a return after a long absence) that 2 drivers on the podium had never previously started a race at that circuit?

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 11th June 2012, 14:23

      I don’t think this has happened recently. The race that comes closest is the 2007 Canadian GP (with the Kubica crash): Hamilton won on his first appearance, and Wurz was third having missed the previous two Canadian GPs. Another race that came close was the 1997 Argentine GP: Ralf Schumacher became third for Jordan on his first appearance, and Villeneuve won the race, but that was his second appearance in Argentina.

    • Bleu (@bleu) said on 11th June 2012, 15:19

      At least when only F1 is considered, I believe it is Italian GP 1993. Damon Hill won and Michael Andretti was 3rd. Funny thing is that rookies achieved 1-2 in 2007 Japanese Grand Prix, but that was the first time in 30 years as the race was held in Fuji!

  11. Andrew81 (@andrew81) said on 11th June 2012, 13:43

    - Not only have we had seven different winners this season, but we have also had seven different drivers finish second and five different drivers finish third. Only Hamilton has finished in any particular podium place more than once with his hat-trick of third places at the start of the year.
    – The average grid position of the drivers on the podium was 8.00, which is the lowest (i.e. furthest back on the grid) since Brazil 2009, where the average was 9.00.
    – Lotus have the second highest number of podiums for a team with 4, yet they haven’t won a race yet.
    – Rosberg is tied with Vettel for having scored the most points in the last five races, with 67. This is also the highest tally of anybody in five consecutive races this year.
    – Hamilton, Rosberg and Grosjean are the only drivers to have reached Q3 at every race this season

  12. Bleu (@bleu) said on 11th June 2012, 14:11

    I took a look on weakest finishing positions of the team-mates while driver wins a race. On a quick search I found eight occasions during last 20 years where winner’s team-mate has been outside of top 10.
    1993 – Alain Prost 12th in Hungary
    2004 – Rubens Barrichello 12th in Germany
    2004 – Michael Schumacher 12th in China
    2008 – Sebastien Bourdais 18th in Italy
    2009 – Luca Badoer 14th in Belgium
    2009 – Mark Webber 17th in Japan
    2012 – Felipe Massa 15th in Malaysia
    2012 – Jenson Button 16th in Canada

    Of those, Badoer, Massa and Button had just no pace. Prost had broken rear wing, Barrichello suffered first-lap puncture, Schumacher had about everything going wrong, Bourdais’s car didn’t start warm-up lap and Webber had practice crash followed by multiple early pit stops.

  13. krtekf1 (@krtekf1) said on 11th June 2012, 14:34

    The fact that “Schumacher has had as many race-ending technical failures in the first seven races of 2012 as he did throughout the whole of 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 – an 87-race run” really impressed me. Because is usually written that MS` teammate from ferrari – Rubens – had far more bad luck in 2001-2005, I checked the thing ;) Rubinho had 9 race-ending technical failures and 7 collisions in that era. The most bad luck in a row he had at the begining of the season 2002 (10 years ago :D), when he had a collision in AUS, engine failure in MAL and hydraulic problems in BRA (in the 4th race he was second and in the following race in ESP he had a gearbox failure).

  14. You say McLaren Mercedes started in 1995 but Coulthard won with them in 1997. That means they didn’t have any victory for 2 years? or they used the “mercedes” name but not the engine?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th June 2012, 15:01

      Didn’t have a victory in the mean time. After all those were the years that the Williamses and Schumacher did the winning.

    • frood19 (@frood19) said on 11th June 2012, 15:07

      they didn’t win between adelaide ’93 (senna) and melbourne ’97 (DC). they started with mercedes in 1995, but didn’t have great cars for 2-3 years. although they won 3 races in 1997, it wasn’t until ’98 that they had a Newey-designed car and proper championship winning pace.

  15. andae23 (@andae23) said on 11th June 2012, 14:46

    - Button scored just 2 points out of the last 4 races. He hasn’t had such a bad streak since the 2008 season at Honda.

    – Lotus has scored its fourth podium of the season. More interestingly the team has scored a podium in every season since 2003. The only other teams who can say this are McLaren and Ferrari (both since 1981). Red Bull is next up the list, having scored a podium each season since 2006.

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