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GP Week : Issue 157
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton returned to the lead of the drivers’ championship for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix after an eye-catching performance, coming from third in the closing stages to secure a memorable victory on arguably his most successful circuit. Starting second on the grid, Hamilton maintained position off the line but took the lead of the race at the first round of pitstops, before retaking that lead a lap later thanks to a DRS-assisted pass on Fernando Alonso coming down the back straight. He then made his second trip down pit lane on lap 50, but had to retake the lost position on-track when Alonso and Vettel both stuck to their one-stop strategies. Such was the state of the tyres on the Ferrari and Red Bull however that Hamilton was able to coast by both to secure yet another victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The victory brought back fond memories for Hamilton, as Canada was where he scored his very first F1 victory all the way back in 2007: “What a great feeling this is, where I won my first grand prix,” said the Briton. “I knew today would be a tough, tough race but I loved every single minute of it and I'm really grateful. “It's still sinking in. It's been five years since I won here for the first time but it feels just as good. Again, just massively proud of the team for continuing to push and it feels great to finally be here on the top step.” He admitted to being surprised with the lack of tyre degradation during the race, especially during the first stint when he was able to close up on and leapfrog Sebastian Vettel for the lead. “I was very, very surprised that I was able to look after my tyres and then push at the times that I needed to push. I was very, very surprised in the first stint, that I was able to close up on Sebastian,” he continued. “I wasn't able to do a one-stop. I don't think I would have been able to do it – I think I would have fallen back as they did: perhaps even further. I think a two-stop was just right.” Hamilton’s victory make shim the seventh different driver to win a Grand Prix in the seven races so far this year, but he’s hoping that’s all there will be as he challenges for his first world championship in four years. HAMILTON MAKES IT SEVEN FROM SEVEN AFTER TWO-STOP TRIUMPH 24 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> CANADA