Although the outcome of the Canadian Grand Prix was primarily driver by strategy, the onus was on drivers to manage their tyres amid low temperatures in Montreal.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were two such drivers who could complete the race on the faster one-stop strategy - and duly reaped benefits with first and third positions in the race.
Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, struggled in comparison - the former flat-spotting his tyres and making an additional stop just two weeks after his Monaco heroics.
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Just as we saw in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton was able to stretch his first stint, allowing him to complete the rest of the race on a single set of soft compounds.
The Englishman committed himself to a one-stop straight away and saved his tyres in clean air, reducing any chances of a late drop-off in pace.
Considering that a number of drivers were forced into a two-stop strategy due to low temperatures, Hamilton’s tyre management skills were particularly impressive.
The only anomaly of an otherwise perfect race for the 31-year-old race was the getaway from pole position. He was bogged down by Sebastian Vettel and was nearly overtaken by teammate Nico Rosberg heading into turn 1.
After a difficult weekend in Monaco which featured multiple crashes, Max Verstappen bounced back in Canada with a fourth place finish.
Verstappen came under intense pressure from Rosberg in the final part of the race, but defended beautifully, perfectly positioning his car at the final chicane.
Such was the degree of his defensive skills that he forced Rosberg into half-a-spin, thus securing fourth place.
Although a non-podium finishing is not something Red Bull would cherish after showing race-winning pace in the previous two rounds, it’s fair to say that Verstappen maximised the package in Montreal.
Williams have struggled to keep up to pace with the front runners this season, with the team also appearing to have fallen behind Red Bull in the pecking order.
But a podium finish in Montreal - their first of the season - proved to be a major motivational boost for Williams.
Like Hamilton, Bottas also executed a one-stop strategy, taking advantage of the clean air to keep enough life in the tyres to make it to the end of the race.
The Finn started the race from sixth place and made his sole stop on lap . when rivals Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo made their second stops, Bottas moved up to third place and never came under threat from the trio.
Carlos Sainz crashed into the Wall of Champions in qualifying, residing hm to 20th on the grid after a gearbox penalty.
But an inspired strategic decision to pit on lap 13 paid dividends, as he undercut his rival to jump to 11th by lap 17. He had already gained four places at the start of the race.
When Sergio Perez made his second stop and Felipe Massa retired midway through the race, Sainz moved up to ninth - a position he maintained till the chequered flag was dropped.
Sebastian Vettel made a rocketing getaway from third on the grid, shooting past both Mercedes drivers to take the lead of the race.
He then built a comfortable buffer on Hamilton and might well have managed his tyres enough to do a one-stop strategy, had the team elected to do so.
However, there were some visible mistakes - three of them - at the final chicane which cost him a potential victory shot in Montreal.
by Rachit Thukral