Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Montreal, 2012

Top ten pictures from the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix

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A collection of ten of the best pictures from the Canadian Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Montreal, Thursday

Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Montreal, 2012

Felipe Massa came into the Canadian Grand Prix weekend off the back of a strong result in Monaco and looking to build on it.

There’s been considerable speculation over his future at Ferrari. Ahead of the race Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said Ferrari development driver Sergio Perez (in the background) was too inexperienced to drive for the team.

In the race, Massa spun early on and Perez rose through the field to finish on the podium after overtaking Fernando Alonso.

Mark Webber, practice

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Montreal, 2012

The skies darkened towards the end of the second practice session on Friday. Moments after it finished, an enormous thunderstorm soaked the circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo, qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Montreal, 2012

Daniel Ricciardo continues to have things all is way in qualifying at Toro Rosso. He beat Jean-Eric Vergne by over a second, and has been over six-tenths of a second quicker than his team mate this year.

Pastor Maldonado, qualifying

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Montreal, 2012

Williams’ hopes of a strong weekend were dashed when Pastor Maldonado crashed at the end of Q2. After a penalty he started 22nd.

Neil Dickie, Canadian Grand Prix

Neil Dickie, Force India, Montreal, 2012

Force India mechanic Neil Dickie marks the 30th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve’s death before the start of the race.

Paul di Resta, Canadian Grand Prix

Paul di Resta, Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher, Montreal, 2012

Paul di Resta started well, and ran fifth after passing Nico Rosberg. But he slipped back in the middle stint and finished 11th.

Nico Rosberg, Canadian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Montreal, 2012

A packed crowd observe Rosberg’s progress at the old pits hairpin.

Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Canadian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Montreal, 2012

With seven laps to go Fernando Alonso held the lead but was powerless to resist Lewis Hamilton. The McLaren driver took the win while Alonso was also passed by Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel.

Romain Grosjean, Canadian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Montreal, 2012

Grosjean celebrates his best finish to date – second place.

Lewis Hamilton, Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Montreal, 2012

Hamilton is welcomed back in the pits after his first win of the year, and his third at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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