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OWN THE PODIUM!!!!

LEWIS HAMILTON lead home a second consecutive McLaren 1-2 finish in last Sunday’s thrilling Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton won the 70 lap race in a time of 1:33:53.456 at an average speed of 121.226 mph. His team-mate Jenson Button finished just over two seconds behind him. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso came home in third place. This is the first time that we have had three World Champions on the podium since Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet finished 1-2-3 in the 1991 United States Grand Prix. Robert Kubica (Renault) set the fastest lap of the race with a lap of 1:16.972 (126.747 mph).

There was drama before the race even began Red Bull’s Mark Webber had to take a five place grid penalty because the team changed his gearbox.

Lap one saw three separate accidents. Renault’s Vitaly Petrov hit Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber, causing damage to the Spaniard’s car. Further up the road, Felipe Massa’s Ferrari and Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Force India hit each other three times and resulted in the latter spinning. Sauber’s bad first lap became even worse when Kamui Kobayashi became the latest victim of the infamous ‘Wall of Champions’.

Mark Webber began to make up ground on the leading pack of: Hamilton, Vettel (Red Bull), Alonso and Button. On lap five Webber passed the reigning World Champion for fourth place.

Two laps later both Hamilton and Alonso pitted for fresh tyres. Tyre wear was a real problem in this race for all the drivers, some of whom had to make three stops. As a result of Hamilton and Alonso pitting, the Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber were now first and second. Would we get a repeat of Turkey?

Meanwhile in the pits, Ferrari released Alonso before McLaren let Hamilton go, and the former team-mates exited the pit lane side-by-side. But Alonso had the inside line for the corner after the pit exit and took the position away from the Englishman.

Lap 13 confirmed my suspicions about the racing driver who goes by the name of Michael Schumacher. He exited the pits slowly and left a car shaped gap big enough for Robert Kubica to get his Renault through. Schumacher pushed the Pole onto the grass but Kubica was having none of the German’s shenanigans. So Schumacher tried to run him off the road again but Kubica kept his foot in. Luckily both drivers saw that they weren’t going to make the next corner and went rallying over the grass. Schumacher kept the place.

By now both Red Bull’s had pitted for new tyres (without hitting each other) and had left it to none other than Toro Rosso’s Sébastien Buemi to lead lap 15. But he couldn’t enjoy it as much as he wanted to because he had Alonso and Hamilton breathing down his neck.  Alonso tried to pass Buemi in the tight turn ten but Buemi closed the door on him. This allowed Hamilton to close right up to Alonso and pass him in the last corner. Buemi pitted meaning that Hamilton led Alonso with Button and Vettel in camera shot behind them.

Alonso went to pass Hamilton on lap 26 in the last corner but Hamilton pitted, saving the former double World Champion the fuss. The rest of the leaders pitted soon after and this promoted Mark Webber into the lead of the race.

The order was now: Webber, Hamilton, Alonso and Button with Vettel fifth.

On lap 41 Hamilton and Alonso started to catch Webber who was starting to struggle with his tyres and stuck in lapped traffic.

Nine laps later Hamilton dived down Webber’s inside into turn one and into the lead. The Australian pitted at the end of lap 50, thus giving Alonso second place as well.

After Webber exited the pits the top five was: Hamilton, Alonso, Button, Vettel and Webber.

Halfway round lap 56 Alonso was held up as he tried to lap the HRT of Karun Chandhok. This allowed Jenson Button to catch and pass Alonso for second place. McLaren’s were now first and second.

Lap 64 again proved why Michael Schumacher (to me) can never be called the greatest F1 driver of all time. His former team-mate Felipe Massa was in Schumacher’s slipstream on the back straight and looked certain to pass him. Schumacher pulled out to the inside to break the tow. Massa didn’t follow him and kept to the outside line. Schumacher then made an illegal second move by coming back across the race track and forced Massa onto the grass. The Ferrari’s front wing broke and Massa had to pit for a new one.

Schumacher was in ninth place at the start of the final lap, but both the Force India’s of Liuzzi and Sutil passed him, dumping him out of the points. He even cut the last corner. A vain attempt at preventing Sutil from passing him, who knows?

Felipe Massa was given a 20-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane after he had received his new nose cone. Robert Kubica was reprimanded (rightly) for an unsafe pit entrance, and Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari was also reprimanded for a collision with Rubens Barrichello’s Williams.

But I was outraged when I found out that Schumacher received not even a telling off!

Its official everyone, the Schumacher-Brawn-Todt alliance is still in F1.

But a McLaren 1-2 makes everything better for me, and back-to-back 1-2s are even better. McLaren rock and that is a fact! 😀

Next stop Valencia…oh God. Don’t expect another great race at that pile of EXPLETIVE DELETED.

DRIVERS’ STANDINGS

Pos

Driver

Constructor(s)

Points

1

Lewis HAMILTON (ENG)

McLaren

109

2

Jenson BUTTON (ENG)

McLaren

106

3

Mark WEBBER (AUS)

Red Bull

103

4

Fernando ALONSO (ESP)

Ferrari

94

5

Sebastian VETTEL (GER)

Red Bull

90

6

Nico ROSBERG (GER)

Mercedes

74

7

Robert KUBICA (POL)

Renault

70

8

Felipe MASSA (BRA)

Ferrari

67

9

Michael SCHUMACHER (GER)

Mercedes

34

10

Adrian SUTIL (GER)

Force India

23

 

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS

Pos

Constructor

Engine

Points

1

MCLAREN (ENG)

Mercedes

215

2

RED BULL (AUT)

Renault

193

3

FERRARI (ITA)

Ferrari

161

4

MERCEDES (GER)

Mercedes

108

5

RENAULT (FRA)

Renault

79

6

FORCE INDIA (IND)

Mercedes

35

7

TORO ROSSO (ITA)

Ferrari

8

8

WILLIAMS (ENG)

Cosworth

8

9

SAUBER (SUI)

Ferrari

1

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