Despite having crashed during qualifying rounds, Lewis Hamilton cruised comfortably during the first half of the Canada GP, only to be challenged briefly by teammate Nico Rosberg after their sole pit stops, though the 3-time winner of the Monaco GP couldn’t keep up in the end.
“Nico was quick, but I never really felt any pressure,” Hamilton remarked, as he felt vindicated for the tactical loss he suffered at Monte Carlo when he crew ordered him to pit for a tire change that cost him a big lead and virtually handed the race to Rosberg following a caution due to Verstappen’s crash. In then end, it was back to a Hamilton (1) Roseberg (2) finish,
The biggest challenge of the race seemed to between William’s Valterri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up 3rd and 4th respectively after Raikkonen spun at the hairpin on lap 27 (after his hybrid system unexpectedly kicked in), and he was called in for as fresh set of super-softs with 30 laps remaining. Still, Raikkonen managed to hold off his own teammate Sebastian Vettel, who held on to 5th despite a 15-grid position penalty going into the race.
Hamilton’s fourth win in seven races extends his drivers’ championship points advantage to 17. It was also his 4th win at the Gilles Neuves track.
He bounced over the kerbs trying an over-optimistic move on McLaren’s Fernando Alonso early in the race, and then did the same with a better-judged move on Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, but still needed his fellow German to spin to avoid contact.
The Mercedes drivers circulated at the front throughout an unusually uneventful race as Williams’s Valtteri Bottas beat Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to third.
Hamilton’s fourth win in seven races extending his current lead in championship points to 17. It was also his 4th win at the Circuit GillesVilleneuve.
“I love Montreal. I love this track. I love this city. Really just a fantastic weekend, great to get back on the top step,” he told the press.
The full order of finish for the 2015 Canada GP is as follows:1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31:53.145; 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:31:55.430; 3 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:32:33.811;4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:32:38.770; 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32:43.048; 6 Felipe Massa Williams 1:32:49.226; 7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:32:59.809; 8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Lapped; 9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Lapped; 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus Lapped; 11 Sergio Perez Force India Lapped; 12 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso Lapped; 13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Lapped; 14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Lapped; 15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso Lapped; 16 Felipe Nasr Sauber Lapped; 17 Will Stevens Manor Lapped; R Roberto Merhi Manor Retired (57); R Jenson Button McLaren Retired (54); and R Fernando Alonso McLaren Retired (44)