Since Driver of the Weekend began in 2011 no driver has won it more times than Hamilton. Here’s what F1 Fanatic readers made of his latest race and poll victory.
Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix weekendHamilton’s devastating performance in qualifying was down to more than just Mercedes turning their engines up. He kept something in reserve, too: his pole position lap time was a full second quicker than he’d gone in Q2.
A clean start meant his race was fairly straightforward, other than having to brush off an attack from Max Verstappen at the restart. He easily had the pace to put a comfortable gap over his team mate, and from there on he was able to save his engine for another day.
Lewis Hamilton is the logical choice for me. Absolute beast this weekend. Already one of the best qualifying laps I’ve seen, killing Bottas by seven tenths, a margin you don’t except at the top between two top drivers, but Hamilton is something special at his peak. He’s not always at his 100%, but when he is there’s nobody on the grid close to him. Perfect race too, his pace was amazing.
Yes he was out front the whole time and didn’t ever have to get his elbows out the way Seb did, Hamilton was on absolutely blinding form this weekend. Near-perfect pole lap, wins the race at a canter, leads every lap and scores fastest lap. Grand Chelem. Top stuff. Vettel’s recovery drive was brilliant and Ocon drove his socks off, but Lewis owned the entire weekend. And that’s coming from someone who isn’t a Hamilton fan.
Lewis McMurray (@Celicadion23)
Hamilton was sensational this weekend in both qualifying and the race, absolutely inspired driving. Nobody comes close although I felt Vettel had a good one and Hulkenberg was very unlucky with a slow pit-stop otherwise he could be near the front scrap and the Force India pair were good.
Kavin Kannan (@Lolzerbob)
Canadian Grand Prix winners and losersSebastian Vettel earned plaudits for his recovery to fourth having fallen to the back of the field during the Safety Car period.
It was a good day for the rookies too. Esteban Ocon did a solid job on his first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and arguably deserved more than sixth place. And Lance Stroll became an F1 points-scorer in front of his home crowd.
Vettel for an amazing drive having to recover from something that was not his fault. He pushed that Ferrari past its limit all weekend. Took risks that paid off.
I went with Ocon, simply because he didn’t drive like it was his first time around the track. Traded blows with his much more experienced team-mate in qualy but marginally lost out, and was potentially even faster on raceday. Very impressed.
I voted for Lance Stroll simply because as a true rookie at his first F1 home race I am sure he felt an amazing amount of pressure to not screw up in front on family, friends and fellow Canadians. He surpassed his previous races by scoring his first point.
Lewis Hamilton’s Driver of the Weekend wins from 2011 to dateLewis Hamilton has won more Driver of the Weekend polls than any driver since F1 Fanatic began them at the beginning of 2011. This weekend was his 22nd time his topped the poll, but his last win had been 12 months ago:
- 2011 Spanish Grand Prix
- 2011 German Grand Prix
- 2011 South Korean Grand Prix
- 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- 2012 Canadian Grand Prix
- 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix
- 2012 Singapore Grand Prix
- 2012 United States Grand Prix
- 2013 British Grand Prix
- 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix
- 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix
- 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix
- 2014 Italian Grand Prix
- 2014 Singapore Grand Prix
- 2014 Russian Grand Prix
- 2014 United States Grand Prix
- 2015 Chinese Grand Prix
- 2015 Monaco Grand Prix
- 2015 British Grand Prix
- 2015 Italian Grand Prix
- 2016 Canadian Grand Prix
- 2017 Canadian Grand Prix
Driver of the weekend: The Twitter verdictHamilton earned much praise for his victory but Vettel and Stroll’s results also won admirers. Opinions were split as to whether Force India’s drivers were at fault.
Would've been nice to see Perez defend Vettel as fiercely as he did Ocon #CanadianGP— Midas Mulligan (@Midas__Mulligan) June 11, 2017
Accident with Grosjean & Massa proved once again why Sainz is still not quite ready to join a top team. A little more polish required. #F1— Oliver Harden (@OllieHarden) June 11, 2017
Fantastic recovery drive from Vettel earns him P4, and keeps him ahead in the Championship, albeit by a smaller margin (12 points)… #F1— Etukenyen Akpan (@etukenyen) June 11, 2017
Fair play to Vettel, great recovery drive to 4th #F1— Steve Whitfield (@Ste_Whitfield) June 11, 2017
Ocon reminds me of Bottas a little. Looks like a talented driver who is in a second-tier car who will get a call from a top team soon. #F1— Martin Pinnau (@martinpinnau) June 11, 2017
Dear @OconEsteban if you hope to get far in F1 hoping to let you pass, you can go looking for work elsewhere….— D. Alejandro (@danielsalazaar) June 11, 2017
Max verstappen must be fuming , he honestly deserved a podium finish in this race #f1— Issa Nyce°® (@YSLnyce) June 11, 2017
Kimi passes Alonso who is still fighting even though he has no grunt #F1— J Edgar Groover 🇮🇱 (@lawnmoaman) June 11, 2017
Ocon killing it right now #F1— Phil Reid (@PhilEReid) June 11, 2017
Esteban Ocon is driving a blinder. Just pitted from second place. He's right in the mix. This is a great race. #CanadianGP— Conor Bursnell F1 (@cbursnellf1) June 11, 2017
Been impressed with Esteban Ocon all year. Great to see him right in the mix here. Looks every inch an #F1 star of the future.— David Cushnan (@DavidCushnan) June 11, 2017
Kimi Raikkonen should consider retirement from F1, to allow space for a hungrier driver, how can you willingly yield a position in race— Kevin Mitchell (@KevMitchellLive) June 11, 2017
Tuppence worth on Force India gate. All very well sticking up for yourself but gut feeling is PER took it a bit far. Certainly cost team #F1— Graham Keilloh (@TalkingaboutF1) June 11, 2017
Lost some respect for Sergio Perez today. Put himself ahead of the good of the team. No offence to FI, but maybe that's why he's there. #f1— UKF1fan (@UKF1fan) June 11, 2017
vettel is amazing #F1— nico (@JuventusCrazy) June 11, 2017
Another good haul of points for Force India, but should have got more. Super recovery by Sebastian Vettel. Lance Stroll's first #F1 points.— David Cushnan (@DavidCushnan) June 11, 2017
I swear PER owns Force India. They used to screw Nico so he'd have a better position. Now they let him lose the team a podium. Idiots! #F1— B. Ale (@uncannyale) June 11, 2017
Solid race form Stroll first points in #F1 and moreover behind home crowd. 1/2— Jan Schneeberger (@schnebka) June 11, 2017
Hamilton is King of F1 🔥🔥🔥— Thamue (@IfvksWithBatman) June 11, 2017
Superb drives by HAM and BOT to pick up valuable championship and constructors points. Great recovery by Vettel. An epic season so far! #F1— Heath Downes (@lancastrianboy) June 11, 2017
Like drivers have never disobeyed team orders before 🙄 you'd think Perez was the first driver to ever put his own race first #F1— Hannah Hough (@hannahhou) June 11, 2017
Amazing clean performance from Lewis Hamilton at Montreal F1 #CanadianGP— Khalsa (@piranahandle) June 11, 2017
2017 Canadian Grand Prix
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