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Posted By: James Allen  |  11 Jun 2012   |  8:24 am GMT  |  137 comments

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.

Lewis Hamilton

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.

Romain Grosjean

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.

Sergio Perez

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.

Sebastian Vettel

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.

Fernando Alonso

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.

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Perez deserves a standing ovation, never have I seen a driver make a set of tires last 41 laps. Driving fast is one thing, but managing your tires is an art, and Perez has clearly got it down.


Lewis did a great job this weekend, showing the kind of driving maturity that was often missing last year. His reeling in of the leaders after his final pit stop was wonderful, and fantastic to see him on the top step again.

That said, Perez gets my vote for Driver of the Day. To start 15th and make a success of a strategy that a few of the ‘better’ teams failed to make work is no mean achievement.


All this tyre management stuff are getting stupid. It’s like as if they took a management course in F1 University and upcoming drivers gotta take various management courses to make it to F1.

What next? Engine management, Steering angle management, Overtake management, Racing line management, Pit lane management, Blue flags management, Safety car management, Safety car without a door coz it was hit by Heidfeld management, Car rolled over management, Car lost a wheel management, Head got hit with a spring management, Car flip management.

Seriously come on! This is racing to the flag, not management to the flag.

FIA might as well startup their own education institute and run their own Bachelor and Master programmes etc.


Lewis Hamilton is the stand out, both he and his team did the job that day. Alonso and Vettel were let down by their teams. Their team’s forgot the first two rules (1) ‘run the current race not the one that might be’, closely followed by (2) ‘keep in touch with those around you’. Grosjean and Perez lucked-in – if Alonso and Vettel (and even Webber & Rosberg) had tracked Hamilton and kept up the pace – Grosjean and Perez may have finished well back. But as it was their team’s strategy and their careful driving worked brilliantly and well done to their teams.

But it does beg the question, why are the Q3 guys penalised by not having a choice in tyres for the race? It would seem in today’s tyre-wear-oriented environment, having a good set of tyres is more important than being on pole (just ask Vettel!). We may see more teams, especially those not expecting to be on the front two rows, not to contest Q3 and with it lose the attraction of that spectacle.


Hamilton deserved this one. After 2 monments in the pits (anti-stall and RHR wheel issue)where he could have had a brain explosion, he still held it together to take the win. Well done to him…..but thats enought for him now. Webber’s turn.


Sebastian and Alonso were right to “gamble” and cook his tyres faster than Roman or Sergio because Canada has had a safety car period for the last 7 or 8 years. And that is all they would have needed to fight strongly for the win. Lewis was lucky there was no safety car. It’s a gamble for sure either way. Seb and Fernando went with history, lewis bet against it.


Hamilton for sure!

What an amazing drive! Lewis is the reason that put us in front of the TV.

Hector Velazquez

For me, Perez, why? 12 places, yes, it was a 1 stopper, but just finished 2.7 seconds away from Grosjean who started 7th. Hamilton won but imo he used DRS to make the passes, Perez made with and without DRS.


I am getting really tired of the tire Grand Prixs. Manufacture them to last and see who the best car/driver is.

Hector Velazquez

So, you like more the races where the car can make the difference? i mean its the same, if you want some even GP’s you should ask for same car, same motor, just like GP2 where things are more even.


Comon guys, please stop complaining about tyres They are all the same for everyone and at the end of the day, see cream is on the top and the back markers are well.. back markers. The best drivers are in the front but everyone is getting breathing space (i.e. points for breathing cash). And please please no comment against DRS, it just allows a fast driver to pass in a sport where passing otherwise is impossible. Using DRS only a faster driver can pass the slower driver, he first needs to get “in zone” and then get out of zone. Previously it was so annoying to see a fast driver stuck behind a slow one and not being able to pass, so we never got to see who was really fast!


Button, for not messing up the set-up for a dominant Mclaren. Else he’d influence a “smoother”, “conservative”, “light” set-up leading to a Mclaren 4-5 rather than a 1-16. 😉


Funny. Don’t forget, he got into LH’s head with his “incredible” performance last year (Coultard, Autosport etc). Come to think of it, how come he has so much trouble with set up when he’s the acclaimed “brain” behind their weekend set-ups?..what a farce. Feel sorry for him though, I just can’t stand his mega-phones…aka “journalists”


I’m a big Hamilton fan, but it has to be Perez this time.

Everyone else mentioned started at or near the front and more or less finished there.

Perez started at the back and finished at the front. What more could you ask of a man?


Lewis is the driver of the day…his wasn’t about a one or two stop race nor was it about tires, well a bit of the latter. He is the driver of the day because he won the race going flat out, pushing the car and the tires to the limit – giving race enthusiasts a fix of what we’ve been missing for a long time, a quick ballsy fast drive from lights out to the chequered flag


Perez because he gained 12 places, but also was driving fast and passing other cars: Massa with a little help from Rosberg, held Webber at bay, and setting fastest laps until Vettel beat him to it with fresh red rubber

Sure, strategy wise Sauber beat RedBull and Ferrari, but Perez was not just cruising waiting for others to do extra pit stops (that is true for Grosjean as well, but he started higher up)

Regarding DRS, even if I don’t really like it, I think general opinion is a bit exaggerated as to its actual effects

LH would get past FA anyway because he was lapping 3 secs faster at the time, of course DRS makes it easier, but when cars are more even, it is still difficult to pass, ask Webber or Roseberg or Massa or Kobayashi, or anyone else who was “stuck in traffic”


Pedro de la Rosa, no doubt. He outpaced Mayrooshas like kids, Pat Symonds should’ve done a bit better really. Maybe they’re concentrating on 2013 now, dunno, but de la Rosa and HRT will most definitely wipe out Caterhammers and Rooshas next year.

Voted for Grosjean since there’s no PdlR option.


Kimmi to Mclaren. Sorted.


Off Topic

For anyone who gets The Letterman show, Vettel is on Monday night. Tues for Australia.


Cheers mate


thanks for the heads up dvr being programmed as of now!


It’s refreshing to see a driver whose emotions are so evident. Romain is beaming when he’s in the driver’s press conference and looks dejected when he does not finish.


Romain is beaming most of the time, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier looking sportsman, it’s quite endearing really.


This race was a greatly contested affair. It might not have been the best race I’ve watched however I do believe that this race illustrates the skill that comes with respect to tyre management.

People are over-reacting over tyre wear this season. This season has been ‘one’ of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons since I’ve started watching F1 over 20 years ago.

Precessional racing is boring and tedious and Formulas below F1 are have never been so reliant on technology and most importantly monetary influence and that is where drivers learn true racecraft. Even when we start racing in karting, tyre management is essential since it’s unfeasible to buy brand new tyres every race.

The top 3 amongst others showed that they were able to retain life in their tyres whilst others fell by the wayside. Additionally, whilst some might argue the McLarens may have had the superior pace the entire weekend, I draw your attention to the fact that Button did not show the some pace that Hamilton had. FYI, not a Hamilton fan but he drove a good race.

Kevin McCaughey

I am not a big Lewis fan, but I think he really earned it on Sunday. He was abreast of all the strategy whilst driving and pushed to the limit each time he needed to cover whatever was thrown at him.

It was an all-round top drive in every respect I thought, and worthy of a Champion.


Tough call?, perhaps recalling JB’s performance may help in framing Lewis’s win. I recall Jb’s well deserved win in Australia and the predictable hoopla that followed on these pages and others. I dont recall the decision to hail that perfromance as being “tough”. Lewis was 3rd in that race.


Difficult decision between the top 3, but I went with Perez, since he started 15th and even today, a 12 place improvement on your starting place is quite an improvement.


Hamilton takes it hands down. He set out to win and went for it. The others like Perez and Grosjean waited for things to fall their way and fortunately for them, it did due to poor decisions by Ferrari and Red Bull.

Were it not for mistakes by the other teams, we probably would not be talking of Perez and Grosjean but Hamilton would still have won!


Lewis for me. He attacked the race, had to overtake Alonso twice because he got jumped at the pit stop. Excellent stuff.

Perez/Grosjean did well but they were endurance racing and this is not as exciting watching Hamilton race on the limit.


From the BBC TV footage, which is all I have to go on. Lewis, easily. But Perez making those places to get on the podium and beating Vettel and Alonso by making 2 sets of tyres last so much better than they did and sticking in a bunch of fastest laps on tyres which were getting on a bit ? If I’d been watching Mexican TV’s edit I might be saying “Sure Hamilton won, but …” . And on any other day Vettel’s late dash might have done it. (I’d like to see anyone explain a vote for Alonso Today).

But what I saw was Hamilton doing nothing wrong an a whole lot right, to go and get the win.


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