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Hamilton scraps his way to victory in Canada GP

It matters not that he is using tyres that do not work for other drivers, or that the other teams employ crazy stratagems to beat him. When he is on form, nobody can beat Lewis Hamilton, the winner of this Canadian GP, not even his team-mate Nico Rosberg, who veered off on to the grass […]


13 de junio de 2016 - Sportyou

It matters not that he is using tyres that do not work for other drivers, or that the other teams employ crazy stratagems to beat him. When he is on form, nobody can beat Lewis Hamilton, the winner of this Canadian GP, not even his team-mate Nico Rosberg, who veered off on to the grass after a slight touch with Hamilton on the first bend. Any other driver might possibly have given his team-mate a little margin there, not Hamilton though.


He had it clear in his mind from the outset, despite his poor start: he had to squeeze everything he could out of the super-soft tyres to give chase to a Sebastian Vettel who had taken first place after a spectacular start.

Ferrari’s German driver’s joy was to be short lived, he was obliged to go into the boxes to replace the super-soft tyres, which have not given Ferrari especially good results, for the regular soft ones, in a risky venture that meant a one-stop strategy using a tyre that has never lasted more than 52 laps. Meanwhile, Rosberg, who had gone off the circuit after his brush with Hamilton, started his fight-back to minimise the points damage, and ended in fifth position after a fight to the death with Max Verstappen, who made life very difficult for him.

The fight for first place was between Hamilton and Vettel, who employed different strategies in their tyre changes. Vettel changed twice, super-soft and soft, while Hamilton used only one stop to move to the soft ones, which he punished for 46 laps. Surprisingly, Hamilton clocked the same times as Vettel, despite the German using fresher tyres. This gives an idea of the power of the Mercedes car, and Hamilton’s of course, who with this victory claws back some fundamental points in the fight for the drivers’ world championship. In the end, Vettel came in second and Valtteri Bottas took third place after the Williams team ran a very smart race that exploited the car’s potential to the maximum. This was the Finn’s first podium of the season.

Hamilton was able to fulfil his dream of paying tribute to his idol, Muhammad Ali, and he repeated the boxer’s famous line via the radio: «Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.»

Alonso goes unnoticed

Fernando Alonso ended up in thirteenth place, which serves him for nothing, after his super-soft tyres and the MacLaren car in general, underperformed. Despite the improvements made for this race, it is clear that Alonso’s car needs more power if it is to get him into the good positions. Jenson Button’s car declared that enough was enough after only a few laps owing to engine trouble, just when he was challenging Alonso for the position. The Spanish driver, like Hamilton and Bottas, only made one pit stop, pulling off a marathon-like stint of 52 laps.

Sainz makes up 12 places

A great race from Carlos Sainz, who finished in eighth place after starting in twentieth on the grid. The Madrid-born driver imitated Verstappen and Red Bull’s strategy, and finished off the super-soft tyre experiment by dealing a lethal blow to his opponents, ending up between Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez’s Force Indias. Sainz thus gave a good account of himself after a weekend that had become difficult for him.

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