Hamilton ahead of Grosjean, Perez, Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg, Webber, Raikkonen, Kobayashi and Massa as the extra pit pays off for McLaren.
Canadian Grand Prix - 10 June 2012
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AND HAMILTON MAKES IT SEVEN FROM SEVEN IN MONTREAL!
Ricciardo gets a yellow flag for spinning at Turn 8, rejoining at an eight second loss. Vettel overtakes Alonso as Hamilton closes on history...
Vettel weathers a hit of the wall with his fron right but it doesn't stop him from clocking the fastest lap as Alonso loses out to Perez and falls off the podium! The early pit strategy has backfired courtesy of three DRS charges.
Now it's Perez closing on Alonso, who may end up off the podium. Webber holds seventh behind Rosberg with Raikkonen eighth, Kobayashi ninth and Massa 10th as we enter the final three tours.
Perez responds to Massa with a 1'16.772 as Alonso falls foul to DRS once again! Grosjean takes second!
Vettel now fifth behind Perez. Massa sets a new fastest lap at 1'16.828. Grosjean has closed to within 3.7 of Alonso and the Spaniard's decline may not be over yet.
Hamilton tries a bold pass at the hairpin which doesn't work, but the DRS does on the outside line! Hamilton re-takes the lead.
Vettel pits and will come out behind the accelerating Grosjean. Hamilton closes the gap to 0.4 seconds on Alonso.
Vettel takes the submissive route and allows Hamilton ahead! DRS engaged, the German knew he had zero chance of fending off the super-charged McLaren. 2.1 seconds between Alonso and a record seventh winner in seven F1 races.
Outside the points are di Resta in 11th, Hulkenberg 12th, Maldonado 13th, Ricciardo 14th and Vergne 15th. Hamilton gains to within a DRS move of Vettel.
Hamilton clocks a series of fastest laps and is now witbhin 4.3 seconds of the lead!
Rosberg back into sixth after the Massa stop as the Ferrari crew sweat over whether Alonso can hold off the gaining Hamilton on his hugely worn Pirellis.
Grosjean's pace - 14.6 behind Alonso, will all but guarantee there will be no second Ferrari stop. Massa pits from sixth, he's followed on the sidelines by Ricciardo.
Hamilton closes to 8.9 behind Alonso, keeping up the second per lap rate. Behind the leaders are Perez in fifth, Massa in sixth and now Rosberg back in seventh.
Hamilton's gain at a second per lap at present. Good progress. Rosberg had a crack at fifth but cut the corner, forcing him to give position back to Massa. The move allowed Perez to nip ahead of him as well...
It's looking like Alonso and Vettel will have to hold out - a pit will likely end their chances of victory now.
Hamilton is closing on Alonso and Vettel even if the duo attempt to stave off another pit.
Third stop for Button, who falls to 16th. Soft tyres now on.
Webber makes a final pit and comes out behind Rosberg but ahead of one-stopper Raikkonen. Hamilton is 13.1 seconds behind Alonso.
Rosberg is keeping the charge going, now just 5.3s behind Massa. Hamilton hits a 1'17.244 on the new rubber.
McLaren right rear was slow to bolt on the new wheel, leading to the stutter. But Hamilton is now clear of traffic to push on the new tyres.
Hamilton comes in, and it's a slow pit from the right rear. He resumes on soft compounds. Will Alonso attempt to see out the GP on these tyres?
Despite the penalty, Vergne remains in 16th. Alonso has edged the defecit down to 2.6 behind Hamilton.
Ricciardo is 11 second sbehind Kobayashi in 11th. Behind is di Resta, Maldonado, Hulkeberg and Button.
Rosberg is 31.2s behind the leaders after a 1'17.748 as Hamilton communicates that his rear tyres are going off.
Schumacher's Mercedes is wheeled back into the garage as Vergne undergoes investigation for speeding in the pitlane... and that's a drive-through penalty.
The top three could theoretically stay on their current tyres to the end but McLaren evidently have another stop in mind. Schumacher's DRS may well be stuck open and he heads to pits.
Hamilton has expressed concerns of the strategies of the chasing pack, but is at least a pit clear of Webber in fourth. Vergne makes a second stop in the Toro Rosso. Petrov follows suit.
Button remains stranded in 17th. It's not looking like his day. Hamilton leads from Alonso, Vettel, Webber, Grosjean and Massa. Rosberg leads the two one-stop cars in seventh.
That Kobayashi/Schmacher exchange has benefitted di Resta, who extends his edge by two seconds on the duo. Perez comes out ahead of Rosberg but soon falls behind the warmer tyres of the Mercedes.
Raikkonen makes his only pit and comes out clear of Rosberg. Schumacher passes Kobayashi only to lose position again at the final chicane. Perez is going in for his pit...
Grosjean makes hay after the Rosberg stop and and puts pressure on Webber at Turn 8. Di Resta is picking up the pace but still cannot shake off Kobayashi or Schmacher. Hamilton again tops the pace with 1'17.773s.
Rosberg makes a final pit in an effort to take advantage of the clear air, and rejoins in ninth between the distant duo of Massa and di Resta.
Other than di Resta and Kobayashi's battle for 10th, positions are growing static up and down the running. Lotus and Sauber will be plotting the instigation of their one-stop men.
Raikkonen, still yet to make a stop, is 12.5 seconds behind the lead. Perez and Webber remain close.
Hamilton now leads by four seconds at the halfway stage of the Grand Prix.
Webber is finding himself delayed by the two one-stop drivers of Perez and Raikkonen as Rosberg makes the new fastest lap at 1'17.972.
Hamilton's next best lap of 1'8.083s extends his lead to 3.7 over Alonso. Button is losing pace and is almost five seconds behind Hulkenberg so McLaren bring him in for another set of supersofts.
Perez has been told to wait 10 more laps for his stop, which is quite the gutsy stab at the one-pit race.
Rosberg is 5.8s behind Webber in seventh. McLaren give Hamilton the call to stick to the original race plan. Kobayashi hot on the trail of di Resta with Schumacher behind him in 12th.
Raikkonen and Perez are looking good value for a one-stop plan.
Maldonado has made his first pit from 10th and returns on supersofts in 17th. Webber's 1'18.345s lap is the new best time and puts him right behind Perez in sixth.
Perez continues to get the most out of his ageing soft compounds and takes the fastest with a time of 1'18.593. His current pace is similar to Alonso's. Button has lost ground on Hulkenberg.
Alonso tops Hamilton's time only for the leader to hit a new best at 1'18.643. Maldonaldo up to 10th but is yet to pit. Rosberg is over five seconds behind Webber in seventh.
Another top time from Hamilton at 1'18.698 extends his lead of Alonso, Vettel to 3.1s. De La Rosa is wheeled into the garage with plumes of brake dust coming from his front wheels.
Glock emerges from the pits in 23rd and last. Raikkonen and Perez may hold out for a one stop strategy. De La Rosa pits from 18th.
Hamilton stretches the gap to 2.5 as Kobayashi abdicates fifth to pit for the first time. He rejoins in 11th with Raikkonen and Perez now fourth and fifth, both of whom are still to take a stop.
Now it's Alonso and Vettel tussling in second and third respectively with Hamilton's gap increasing to 2.1 seconds in the lead. Senna pits his Williams as Karthikeyan spins at turn 1.
A new best of 1'18.94 gives Hamilton a 1.4 edge on Alonso, with Vettel behind the Ferrari by .4. Webber takes advantage of a series of pits to go seventh, the order behind him currently Rosberg, Grosjean, Maldonado.
Grosjean pits as Rosberg takes the fastest lap at 1'18.9. Hamilton leads after the Grosjean pit. Hulkenberg's stop takes his Force India from eighth to 15th.
Fantastic three-way tussle developing. Grosjean leads for Lotus but has yet to pit. The front-running trio are just 2.3 seconds behind.
Raikkonen up to sixth, Kobayashi seventh. Alonso pits with 15.2 seconds... and it pays off! He resumes ahead of Hamilton and Vettel!
Hamilton clears Vettel out from the pits! Alonso is gaining enough leverage at just over 15 seconds to pit soon as well, with Hamilton and Vettel battling further back.
Alonso moves in front as Hamilton pits for soft rubber as Kobayashi clocks a 1'19.345s lap from eighth and Di Resta returns in 13th.
Vettel picks this time to pit his Red Bull from the front. Though he can charge back from his fresh rubber, he emerges behind Rosberg and Grosjean.
Grosjean and Rosberg set the fastest lap in quick succession, the former's time quickly bettered by Rosberg's 1'19.536s.
Hamilton has closed the gap on Vettel to less than a second. 0.7, in fact - a great closing down from the Brit.
Schmacher pits as Rosberg falls 16 seconds behind leader Vettel in sixth. Raikkonen overtakes Button into seventh.
Di Resta is having issues with his rear tyres as he falls almost 15 seconds behind Vettel. He opts eventually to pit with Rosberg and Grosjean on his case.
Maldonado passes Kovalainen into 17th. Alonso is 1.4 seconds behind Hamilton and Massa pits from 12th.
Hamilton has reduced the lead of Vettel from 1.9 to 1.5 seconds. Things are pretty condensed between di Resta in fifth and Hulkenberg in 14th.
Kovalainen has been double-shuffled by the Toro Rosso pair, while Vergne and Ricciardo are through past the Caterham in 15th and 16th respectively.
Schumacher up to eighth following the Massa spin. Order directly behind him reads Button, Raikkonen, Kobayashi and Massa. Rosberg gets the order from his team to save both fuel and tyres.
Massa is now communicating problems to his engineer. Some vibrations in his tyres, it would seem.
Replays show Massa lost the rear end of the Ferrari. He's behind Kobayashi. Raikkonen is shadowing Button and sniffing for a way into 10th.
Massa has tumbled down the order after trouble at turn 1. Maldonaldo passes Senna to 18th.
Vettel is almost two full seconds ahead of Hamilton and Alonso, with the Englishman keeping the Spaniard at bay in second for the time being. A gap is threatening to form Kovalainen is falling away from Hulkenberg who remains 14th.
Rosberg is passed again, this time by Di Resta. Grosjean behind Nico in eighth. Schumacher ninth.
Massa moves ahead of Rosberg into fifth. Button hasn't made an early impact on the soft tyres and leads Raikkonen, Kobayashi and Perez from 10th. Kovalainen continues to progress and is now 15th.
Vettel off to a flyer, away quicker than Hamilton. Alonso, Webber and Rosberg trail the German as well. Alonso back into third while Kovalainen moves to 16th and the penalised Maldonaldo to 19th.
Vettel leads the field on the formation lap. Raikkonen, Hulkenburg, Perez, de la Rosa, Button and Maldonado look to be on the soft rubber. And the Canadian Grand Prix is underway!
We are almost ready in Montreal. Will we see an unprecedented seventh different race winner?
GRID (cont): 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 14. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 16. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 17. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 18. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 19. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 22. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault * 23. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
GRID: 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 9. Michael Schumacher Mercede 10. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 11. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 12. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault
Vettel felt Red Bull's pole is a vindication for the team as a whole following the controversy surrounding its car's floor design.
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Sebastian Vettel did what he does best yesterday, leaving it until the last moment to take pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.
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