Lewis Hamilton won a close Driver of the Weekend poll over Valtteri Bottas in the Canadian Grand Prix. How close? There was just one vote in it.
Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix weekend
Hamilton was in fine for mas usual at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he won his first race eight years ago and is usually spectacular and fast.
With no power unit problems in qualifying he netted pole position for the fourth time this year. However his biggest mistake of the weekend again came at the start, dropping him behind Sebastian Vettel and forcing him to defend firmly – but legally – from his team mate.
From there on Hamilton kept Vettel in sight and was perfectly placed to take advantage when Ferrari erred with their strategy. He never put a wheel wrong, even in the closing stages when his tyres were getting increasingly worn.
Hamilton won the poll with just 28.5% of the vote. This is the fourth-smallest winning percentage we’ve seen in Driver of the Weekend, the lowest being Nico Hulkenberg 21.1% in the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Superb drive, made a one stop strategy work and had answers to Vettel’s pace, what a race, I was quiet anxious about the tyres but he made them last, hats off to him, that blocking move was just great, Mercedes need to sort out their poor starts.
Pole and superb drive. Bad start, but the stint on the softs was mighty.
Perfect weekend. No mistakes. Schumacher-esque race management yet again. He deserves it more than anyone else on the grid.
Don Smik (@David-beau)
Canadian Grand Prix winners and losers
Bottas was just a couple of votes away from taking his fifth victory in Driver of the Weekend. Another driver who deserves the title of Montreal specialist, Bottas was one of few drivers to make a one-stop strategy work as he stealthily moved his way up to take the first podium of 2016 foe Williams.
He started from right back in seventh and managed to climb up to third in a Williams which most people seem to be saying is now only the fourth best car.
It didn’t look like many people expected Williams to do so well. Great job Bottas.
Ben Rowe (@Thegianthogweed)
He was on top of his game all weekend, unlike Verstappen and Hamilton. Verstappen was out-qualified by Ricciardo by over two tenths while Hamilton almost lost the race due to his slow start.
There was also much sympathy for Vettel after Ferrari’s highly questionable decision to bring him into the pits during what turned out to be a very brief Virtual Safety Car period.
Five seconds behind despite an extra pit stop and getting caught up behind the Red Bulls. Vettel would have won the race if Ferrari hadn’t screwed up the strategy.
Have to hand it to Vettel almost entirely on the strength of his catapult launch of a start. Had Ferrari not misjudged the Virtual Safety Car and pulled him in, he would have (almost certainly) won this race. He was too far back afterwards and as others have said, had to push a little too hard to close the gap.
Andy Mail (@Amail)
The always-spectacular Max Verstappen also earned credit for keeping Nico Rosberg at bay during the final laps.
DRS left very little use for skill in this race. But somehow Verstappen fended off Rosberg, and eventually forced him into an error as he attempted to pass. The kid is stone cold.
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