• MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, leads Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, in the early laps of Formula One's Canadian Grand Prix auto race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain during the Canada Formula One Grand Prix, at the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, in Montreal, Canada, Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno,Pool)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany drives through the Senna Corner during the morning practice session at the F1 Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Friday, June 8, 2012 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Boland)
  • Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel is shown during the morning practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Saturday, June 9, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)
  • Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan drives into the pits during the first practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix, Friday, June 8, 2012 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain gets a pit service during the Canada Formula One Grand Prix, at the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, in Montreal, Canada, Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno,Pool)
  • Red Bull technicians look on in the pit during the Canada Formula One Grand Prix, at the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, in Montreal, Canada, Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno,Pool)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 09: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, drives through the Senna corner during the second practice session at the F1 Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Friday, June 8, 2012 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren waves the Union Jack flag in celebration as he drives down the pitlane after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren waves the Union Jack flag in celebration as he drives down the pitlane after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Formula One comes and goes when it comes to racing North America. While new grands prix are slated for Texas and New Jersey, the Canadian Grand Prix has – with few exceptions – been a steady event on the F1 calendar.

Heading into Montreal, Ferrari pilot Fernando Alonso was just ahead of defending champion Sebastian Vettel in the standings, with Lewis Hamilton in third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Mark Webber, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg. But would Alonso be able to hold on to his lead in pursuit of his third title, or would he be pipped by one of his eager competitors? Keep reading to find out.


Once Saturday's qualifying was complete Vettel found himself on pole alongside Hamilton, followed by Alonso, Webber, Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean, Paul di Resta, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button, with Raikkonen in twelfth behind Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi. Every driver on the grid managed to come in below the qualifying threshold to start the race as planned, but Williams ace Pastor Maldonado was relegated to the back of the field after hitting the wall in qualifying and changing his gearbox.

Once the race got underway the four leaders held position while Mercedes prodigy Paul di Resta steered his Force India past the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Felipe Massa showed he had more fight left in him as he briefly passed Nico Rosberg on the third lap for sixth place, but then spun out, dropped to twelfth, went into the pits and rejoined in twentieth. Meanwhile, up at the front, Vettel held his lead but Hamilton and Alonso weren't letting him get away with much as Webber drifted behind in fourth.




After the first round of pit stops – the only round for some drivers – Alonso emerged in the lead ahead of Hamilton and Vettel, but the McLaren driver soon took the Ferrari thanks in no small part to the DRS rear wing.

Narain Karthikeyan became the first to retire when his HRT spun out on lap 24, soon to be followed by his teammate, Pedro de la Rosa. Schumacher found his DRS stuck open a few laps later and retired into the Mercedes garage, with Timo Glock joining them later on as his Marussia made the final retirement of the day.



Hamilton would eventually pit, surrendering his lead to Alonso with Vettel in tow. But the McLaren driver didn't hold off for long. With fresh rubber he soon caught Alonso, whose worn tires subsequently dropped him behind Grosjean and Vettel, too.

And so Lewis Hamilton became the seventh race winner in as many races this season, which is shaping up as one of the most contentious in history. Grosjean and Perez took the remaining podium positions, with Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg, Webber, Raikkonen, Kobayashi and Massa taking the remaining points.



The results leave Hamilton in the lead with 88 points to Alonso's 86 and Vettel's 85 in a hotly contested battle atop the standings. The constructors' standings, however, are far more stable as Red Bull holds the lead with 164 points to McLaren's 133, Lotus' 108 and Ferrari's 97. The circus sets sail back across the Atlantic for the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, in two weeks.


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      themassmauler
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is one of the worst synopsis of an event I've ever read. You guys got the winner right but inaccurately told the rest of the race. Awful.
        Brian K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @themassmauler
        Yeah, I agree. This article does little to show the position that alonso and hamilton were in when hamilton came in from the second stop. How about throwing in some suspension, like when Hamilton barely came out of the pits ahead of vettel, and then the next lap as the cars were coming around the bend, alonso exited in front of that pair to take second? Then, Hamilton almost stalling it in the pits, giving him a slow stop and putting him further behind vettel and alonso. Then, Hamilton pushing it for the rest of the race, turning in fast sector after fast sector, and fast lap after fast lap. Starting 10 seconds down from alonso, gaining 2 seconds per lap, reeling him in at the hairpin, sprinting down the straight and powering past alonso for the lead?
      stubairdf1
      • 2 Years Ago
      So sick of mistakes in this site, why don't you guys do research for once. Lewis Hamilton was fourth coming into Montreal on 6 points behind webber tied on 73 in second par with vettel. Seems to be a multiplitude of mistakes every f1 article. On another note, so good to see Perez on the podium and hamilton's win keeping the championship open!
      Justin B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really enjoyed watching this one!
      FSLIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW I was going to read this article but from the likes of the comments . . . AB dropped the ball again. It is not going to take much for another website to knock you guys off your throne Autoblog!!!
      Veegee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet another unlucky finish for Michael
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, compared to the one man race last year: "...and Vettel/Red Bull wins again!" "And again!" "And again..." "Jeez, just give this guy the championship medal already!" This season is the exact opposite. Awesome competitiveness!
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