F1: Lewis Hamilton revels in Canadian Grand Prix victory ahead of Rosberg in Montreal
Montreal, June 7, 2015 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg, claiming his 37th career victory to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship to 17 points. The podium finishers – Hamilton, Rosberg and Bottas – all started the race on the supersoft tyre, stopping within three laps of each other to change to the supersoft.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, fourth, was the highest-placed driver to use a two-stop strategy, and the only driver to use the soft tyre in the middle stint: starting and finishing the race on the supersoft, which enabled him to score some very impressive lap times.
Lewis Hamilton -“I love Montreal! It’s really special to win here again – the place where I had my first win back in 2007. The team did a fantastic job, so a big thank you to everyone. I wouldn’t say it’s a relief because I’ve had good pace for both of the past two races – I’m just happy to get another win for me and the team. It was quite close after the stops. I think because Nico was in my tow he was using less fuel, so I was having to save a bit while managing the gap. It was really just about matching the times each lap. I had a couple of lock ups but luckily they weren’t too bad and not enough to cause any real problems, so I felt in control. On behalf of everyone in the team I’d like to dedicate this to my engineer Bono’s father, who passed away last week. Bono has had a tough time but he’s been fantastic all weekend, so this one is for him.”
A number of drivers started the grand prix in unusually low grid positions, including Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Williams driver Felipe Massa. They both used unusual strategies to boost their positions and finish in the points. Vettel was the earliest to pit, running the majority of the race on the soft tyre.
Massa was one of only five drivers to start the race on the soft tyre, completing a long first stint to get past most of his competitors while they pitted, then running to the finish on the faster supersoft tyre. His team mate, Valtteri Bottas, became the first non-Mercedes or Ferrari driver to finish on the podium this year.
Elsewhere McLaren retired both of their cars from the race and the third successive event that Fernando Alonso has failed to reach the chequered flag.
Nico Rosberg 2nd -“It was a tough race, with tyres, brakes and fuel all on the limit. The problem for me was to cool my brakes behind Lewis. I had to take different lines to get some fresh air. In the last 10 laps I ramped up the pace and started to attack by using some of my electronic Hybrid power, which I had saved until this point. But the problem is that your team mate’s engineers always have knowledge of your activities and can ask him to ramp up the pace too. So, he was mirroring what I was doing and there was no chance of a surprise attack. That was a bit of a shame – but it is how it is. Really, I lost it in qualifying so I need to do a better job there and get together a perfect weekend like in Spain. I’ll move on now and look forward to Austria, where I have very good memories from last year with my win.”
Valtteri Bottas 3rd: “We really maximised everything today and I’m really happy for us as a team. We had an opportunity to get third and we took it. We had the chance to change the strategy in the middle of the race and go for one stop instead of two. We knew it could be a risk but the team knew what to do and we were right. There was not much threat from behind so we could take a bit of a risk, and I’m really proud that we did. We were racing hard today and we earned the podium. It’s great to be back in the top three and we know there are better Grands Prix to come because of the updates we are bringing so I can’t wait for the next few races.”