F1: Hamilton wins Canadian GP to close on Rosberg

    Published On Jun 13, 2016 10:47:00 AM

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    Hamilton finished five seconds clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who had a shot at victory following a stunning start.

    Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix while Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg lost further ground with fifth place after an eventful race.

    Hamilton finished five seconds clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who had a shot at victory following a stunning start, but failed to make a two-stop strategy work at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in comparison to the one-stop for Hamilton.

    It means after seven of the 21 races this year, Hamilton is now just nine points adrift of Rosberg, who spun near the end trying to pass Max Verstappen for fourth, with the world champion taking 34 points out of the latter's early advantage over the last two races.

    Valtteri Bottas also managed just a one-stop strategy to claim third in his Williams, scoring both his and the team's first podium since Mexico last year.

    Hamilton made another poor start from pole, while from third on the grid Vettel blasted by the two Mercedes drivers to take the lead.

    Behind Vettel, Hamilton held the inside line into Turn 1 where he and Rosberg bumped wheels as the latter attempted to pass around the outside.

    The slight collision, however, was enough to force Rosberg to go off the track, dropping him to ninth place and facing a battle to fight through the field in the cold conditions.

    Rosberg lost another place before the end of lap one to fall to 10th, leaving Vettel and Hamilton to fight for the win and a battle of strategies between Ferrari and Mercedes.

    Ferrari caused a surprise when Vettel pitted at the end of lap 11 and under a virtual safety car period caused by Jenson Button's engine blowing on his McLaren, the Briton pulling his car onto a grass verge.

    In switching from the ultra-soft tyre to the super-soft, it was apparent Vettel would have to pit again with the soft compound being the mandatory set for the race designated by Pirelli.

    At that stage Vettel dropped to fourth behind Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, although come the end of lap 18 he had cleared both to move up to second behind Hamilton.

    Six laps later Hamilton made his only stop, taking on the soft tyres, leaving him with 46 to the end, with the prediction from Pirelli being it could run for 50.

    It was another 13 before Ferrari pitted Vettel again to take on the soft tyres, retaining his second place and emerging 7.8s behind Hamilton.

    Vettel closed the gap to 4.3s behind Hamilton after 55 laps, but he locked up into the final chicane on lap 56 and again on lap 61 to drop him to 6.7s adrift, effectively ending his bid for victory.

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen managed to hold off Rosberg to finish fourth, whose attempt at a pass into the final chicane on lap 69 ended with him spinning off track, albeit managing to keep his engine running.

    Rosberg had had a shot at third earlier in the race, but he suffered a slow puncture to his right-rear tyre with 19 laps remaining that dropped him to seventh at the time.

    Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, the only two other drivers to finish on the same lap as Hamilton.

    Completing the points-scoring positions were Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in eighth and 10th, sandwiching Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz who had started 20th after taking a gearbox penalty before the start.

    Also on the list of retirees alongside Button were Renault's Jolyon Palmer on lap 18 with a water leak and Williams' Felipe Massa after 37 laps with engine issues.

    CANADIAN GRAND PRIX RESULT

    PosDriverCarLapsGap
    1Lewis HamiltonMercedes701h31m05.296s
    2Sebastian VettelFerrari705.011s
    3Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes7046.422s
    4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault7053.020s
    5Nico RosbergMercedes701m02.093s
    6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari701m03.017s
    7Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault701m03.634s
    8Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes691 Lap
    9Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari691 Lap
    10Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes691 Lap
    11Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda691 Lap
    12Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari691 Lap
    13Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari682 Laps
    14Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari682 Laps
    15Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari682 Laps
    16Kevin MagnussenRenault682 Laps
    17Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes682 Laps
    18Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari682 Laps
    19Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes682 Laps
    -Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes35Overheating
    -Jolyon PalmerRenault16Water pressure
    -Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda9Engine

    DRIVERS' STANDINGS

    PosDriverPoints
    1Nico Rosberg116
    2Lewis Hamilton107
    3Sebastian Vettel78
    4Daniel Ricciardo72
    5Kimi Raikkonen69
    6Max Verstappen50
    7Valtteri Bottas44
    8Felipe Massa37
    9Sergio Perez24
    10Daniil Kvyat22
    11Romain Grosjean22
    12Fernando Alonso18
    13Nico Hulkenberg18
    14Carlos Sainz18
    15Kevin Magnussen6
    16Jenson Button5
    17Stoffel Vandoorne1
    18Esteban Gutierrez0
    19Jolyon Palmer0
    20Marcus Ericsson0
    21Pascal Wehrlein0
    22Felipe Nasr0
    23Rio Haryanto0

    CONSTRUCTORS' STANDINGS

    PosConstructorPoints
    1Mercedes223
    2Ferrari147
    3Red Bull/Renault130
    4Williams/Mercedes81
    5Force India/Mercedes42
    6Toro Rosso/Ferrari32
    7McLaren/Honda24
    8Haas/Ferrari22
    9Renault6
    10Sauber/Ferrari0
    11Manor/Mercedes0
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