Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, as Sebastian Vettel had to settle for second place after switching to a two-stop strategy.
At the start of the race, Vettel rocketed past the two Mercedes drivers to move into the lead, with Rosberg falling down to 10th place after being edged out by Hamilton at turn 1.
When the virtual safety car was deployed to evacuate Jenson Button’s stricken McLaren, Vettel pitted for supersoft tyres, committing himself to a two-stop strategy.
However, one-third into the pitlane, the VSC disappeared, meaning the German didn’t save as much time as he had expected.
Up front, Hamilton sticked to a one-stop strategy, switching to the mandatory soft tyre on lap 25.
Vettel made his own stop about 15 laps later and started a charge on the Englishman, closing in within five seconds of the race.
However, just as it looked like the F1 fraternity will be treated to an exciting climax, Vettel ran wide at the chicane, falling seven seconds behind the triple-world championship.
With the German unable to close the gap again, Hamilton cruised to his second successive victory of the season, reducing the gap to championship leader Rosberg in the standings.
The German, who was already forced into a recovery drive following the events of lap 1, suffered another setback when he was forced to make an extra pitstop due to a slow puncture.
The #6 driver then tried an unsuccessful attempt at overtaking Verstappen for fourth place, spinning at the final chicane and finishing a lowly fifth.
Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas finished in third place, taking advantage of other’s troubles to take his first podium of the season.
One particular driver who could have snatched the final spot on the podium was Daniel Ricciardo. But a lockup at the final chicane forced the Red Bull driver to make a second pitstop and switch to an older tyre, leaving him down in seventh place, just behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Both Force India drivers finished in the top 10 with Nico Hulkenberg classified eighth and Sergio Perez bagging the final point in 10th.
Carlos Sainz’s recovery driver earned him two championship points as he finished ninth.
Fernando Alonso finished on the cusp of points in 11th place, but at one stage expressed his wish to retire the car, only to receive shake a head from McLaren.
by Rachit Thukral