After the shock result in Monaco, Hamilton and Mercedes had this one signed, sealed and delivered to their ever growing collection of silverware back at Brackley.
MercedesÂ could not afford a successive bungling up on the Briton’s race strategy. Rarely though has the Canadian Grand Prix run without a Safety car period and this edition proved to be tailor-made for Lewis to win.
Pole was his by a comfortable margin on the Saturday. Unable to read the track’s changing condition his nearest rival Rosberg complained that it was a “rubbish Qualifying session…” after having being fastestÂ in the start of the sessions.
For Lewis this was his 44th career pole. Matching his chosen car number. He later remarked the win was special indeed as Montreal was the scene of his debut win in Formula 1â„¢.
Rosberg’s only hope was to get the hole-shot on him through the fast T1 section. He couldn’t and after that it was a lights to flag victory for the Championship leader, losing the lead only when he pitted.
ButÂ behind his triumph reality struck two of the biggest names in FormulaÂ 1â„¢.
Mclaren and Ferrari.
Alonso was heard screaming out his frustration to his pit wall when asked to conserve fuel. “I don’t want, I don’t want…” shouted the Spaniard. He was in the middle of a dice with Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa whileÂ his engineer was most concerned about completing the race with sufficientÂ fuel. Alonso though complained of “looking like amateurs…” He just wanted to enjoy his race.
In the end though neither he nor team mate Jenson Button completed the Canadian Grand Prix. The double-world champion is yet to register his first points for the team but refused to point fingers atÂ renowned engine supplier and partner, Honda.
His patience might ultimately pay back. In recent years it has taken any title challenge a good 5 years of hard work and most importantly the recruiting of the right people. Just ask Red Bull Racing and Mercedes AMG Petronas. But do Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have that much time left in their careers?
Speaking of longevity of racing driver’s careers Kimi Raikkonen was heard complaining over the radio after an embarrassing spin at the hairpin! Last year he had an identical off and it was blamed on the extra torque in the current Hybrid cars and his lack of ability to adapt to them.
This year he lost the finalÂ podium place to Valterri Bottas in the Williams. He did finish one place ahead of his quadruple-champion team mate though but Ferrari don’t appear to be a major threat to Mercedes AMG in the championship.
Nobody is really. And that seem’s to be the sport’s current ‘problem’.Â When you have two of the biggest teams finishing off the podium it shouldÂ indicate that we have an extra competitive series in our hands. But if reports are to be believed, the fans are losing interest and Formula Oneâ„¢ is losing it’s broader appeal.
This hum is usually heard when a team or driver dominates proceedings. And all sorts of desperate methods are researched to bring back the sheen to the spectacle.
In the words of Bernie Ecclestone, Lewis Hamilton is great for the sport. He’s identified with all the glamour and entertainment that follows the Grand Prix circus. He’s an icon and a cultural celebrity. Nigel Mansell has said Hamilton can break Schumacher’s records now that he has machinery to match his talent.
It’s perfect then, that he is comfortably leading the World Drivers Championship again, after the atrocity at Monaco. When it comes to doing justice to prodigalÂ talent Formula Oneâ„¢ seems to be heading the right way.
Hamilton â€“ Â Mercedes AMG PetronasÂ Â 1hr 31m 53.145s
Rosberg â€“ Mercedes AMG Petronas
BottasÂ â€“ Â Williams Martini Racing