Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team had the best strategy despite another hiccup as the Briton stormed to victory in the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday to become the seventh winner in as many season races.
Although the second pit stop was not perfect, Hamilton roared past world champion Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the closing stages for his first 2012 win on the course where got his first career success in 2007.
Romain Grosjean placed second for Lotus and Sergio Perez third for Sauber as Alonso and Vettel were slowed down by worn tires as a gamble with a one-stop strategy cost them the podium. Vettel at least partly made amends, went to the pits straight after being overtaken by Hamilton with eight laps left and was awarded by snatching fourth place from Alonso shortly before the end.
Hamilton also stole first place from Alonso in the standings with 88 points from seven races. Alonso has 86 and Vettel 85 as the record of different winners was stretched to seven.
Hamilton made the most of fresh tires, stormed past Vettel with eight laps left and was back in front six laps from the end for victory in 1 hour 32 minutes 29.586 seconds, 2.5 seconds from Grosjean and 5.2 seconds ahead of Perez.
Michael Schumacher had to swallow yet another setback as the DRS rear wing flap jammed and remained open, forcing the record world champion and seven-times Canada GP winner to retire his Mercedes in the 45th lap in yet another zero-points showing.
The next race is the European Grand Prix in Valencia on June 24.
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