Hamilton Wins in Canada Thanks to Dirty Start

Lewis Hamilton has claimed the 45th win of his career in Montreal in controversial circumstances.

The victory see’s Hamilton creep ever closer to Rosberg in the drivers’ standings with the gap coming down to only 9 points. Sebastian Vettel finished 2nd, but will be disappointed nonetheless, as three crucial lock-ups throughout the race saw his Hamilton hunt fall short when it mattered. He didn’t optimize the tyres he was on, which were 13 laps younger.

Valterri Bottas completed the podium with an impressive 3rd, his and Williams’ first podium of the season, and a strong statement to the likes of Red Bull. Max Verstappen had a strong race and finished 4th, holding off Rosberg with defensive manoeuvres and mature race craft.

Rosberg will be disappointed with 5th. His race was doomed from turn one. Vettel had a perfect start that saw both Mercedes eating Germanic dust before turn one, and Rosberg looked to be just ahead of Hamilton on the outside. But the Brit drove Rosberg off the track, leaving him out to dry and fighting from 9th position from then on. It was unsporting from Hamilton, almost asshole-ish.

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Elsewhere, the McLarens were nowhere… Button’s engine blew up and Alonso made his frustration clear by asking the team if he could “give up” five laps from the end. He limped home in 11th.

Raikkonen was 6th, completely overshadowed by Vettel, and Ricciardo had a surprisingly quiet race, finishing 7th. Hulkenberg was impressive for Force India this weekend with a respectable 8th and Carlos Sainz had one of the drives of the weekend, bringing his Toro Rosso through to 8th from 20th. Sergio Perez rounded out the top ten, but could have done better. He made the wrong call strategy-wise, swapping from a one-stop to a two-stop race, meaning he didn’t push in the first stint when he could have.

There are a few things to take away from this weekend. Firstly, team-mates Hamilton and Rosberg are well and truly team-enemies from now one. Rosberg will feel that Hamilton was out of order for pushing him onto the grass, and I don’t blame him.

Ferrari come away from the weekend with the knowledge that their engine upgrades have worked really well, the gap to Mercedes is almost non-existent from now on. McLarens unsuccessful relationship with Honda will continue, and Williams will be hoping that this podium marks the start of a string of better results.