Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won his fifth Canadian Grand Prix Sunday. The victory was his second consecutive win this season. Hamilton dedicated his win to the late Muhammed Ali and the boxing legend’s family.
Nico Rosberg won the first four races of the year to establish a 43-point lead in the standings. When Rosberg and Hamilton crashed out in the first lap in Barcelona (two races ago), and Rosberg came in seventh two weeks ago in Monaco; Hamilton’s victory trimmed the lead from 43 points to 24. Now the gap is down to nine points after the teammates started on the 1-2 grid. Rosberg and Hamilton bumped again at the start and Rosberg fell back to 10th place before the first turn on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
It was an exciting race that ultimately came down to a matter of pit strategy. Hamilton hung on for the lead on a one stopper while Vettel went with the two stop early; finishing under ten seconds behind Hamilton.
Current Driver Point Standings
- Nico Rosberg- 116 points
- Lewis Hamilton-107 points
- Sebastian Vettel- 78 points
- Daniel Ricciardo- 72 points
- Kimi Raikkonen- 69 points
In other news, Heineken announced a multi-year deal with Formula 1, which will become the title sponsor of three grands prix per season while adopting the slogan ‘If you drink, don’t drive’ as part of its campaign. The news has gained a lot of attention because of the company’s track record in digital media with other sports like football and rugby. The beer company vows to transform the way Formula 1 is presented on social media, an area Bernie Ecclestone has been concerned with for years. They hope this new relationship will help take the sport to hundreds of millions of fans.
The Rosberg-Hamilton battle continues this weekend in Baku. Who’s ready to see the ultimate showdown?