This is one of the toughest to call Driver of the Day polls we’ve had on JA on F1: Lewis Hamilton produced a stunning driver to become the seventh winner in as many races when he triumphed in an exciting Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
But the race saw some exceptional performances from other drivers, like Grosjean and Perez who made the tyres last and took podiums, while Alonso and Vettel were both on top at various stages, but lost out on strategy.
So who was your driver of the day? Please vote below and leave a comment if you want as well.
Began the weekend in the perfect fashion, finishing fastest in both Friday practice sessions and appeared pleased with the car’s pace. Struggled a bit on Saturday as the track temperatures warmed up, but saved a fresh set of tyres for Q3 and qualified on the front row in second. Kept paced with leader Sebastian Vettel and then jumped him during the first round of stops. Came out behind Fernando Alonso but passed him straight away. Led the middle part of the race but dropped back to third when he made second stop as Alonso and Vettel tried a one-stopper. With fresher tyres, he caught them both and passed them before easing to his first victory of the season and 18th of his career. He also took the lead in the drivers’ standings.
Qualified a strong seventh, five places ahead of Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and made a good start to maintain position. Looked after his tyres well so that he could make a one-stop strategy work. Passed Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber when the two were forced to make a second stop and then eased by Alonso who was struggling on worn tyres. Crossed the line just two-and-a-half seconds behind winner Hamilton for his second podium of the season.
Made a mistake on his final qualifying timed lap, and struggled with the brakes, to miss out on Q3. Started 15th but showed good pace and made a couple of early passes. Made a one-stop strategy work by completing an incredible 41 laps on his first set of tyres and then strong pace late on, which saw him set a series of fastest laps, enabled him to fight his way by an ailing Alonso and up to third for his second podium of the season.
Was reasonably happy with his pace on Friday, but really came into his own in qualifying. Dominated each of the three sessions to secure his 32nd pole position of his career. Made a brilliant start to surge away in the lead however, Hamilton started to catch him as they approached the first stops. Was the first of the leaders to stop and lost out as both Alonso and Hamilton jumped him. Tried a one-stop strategy, but his tyres started to go off and he was forced to pit from third late on. Battled back to pass Alonso and finish fourth.
Showed good pace on Friday following a raft of new updates, finishing second ahead of Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa in second practice. Qualified an impressive third and kept up with Vettel and Hamilton in the early stages. Jumped Vettel at the first stops after staying out longer and briefly led before Hamilton past him after coming out of the pits. Retook the lead when Hamilton made his second stop, but the decision to try a one-stop meant he lacked pace on aging tyres. Was passed by Hamilton, Grosjean, Perez and Vettel before holding on for fifth.up to 10th in the constructors’ championship.