Formula One

            === Hamilton wins Canadian GP, takes F1 points lead ===
 Montreal,  QC (Sports  Network) -  Lewis Hamilton  became the  record-extending
 seventh  different  winner in as  many Formula One  races this season by taking
 Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
 Hamilton  benefited  from a two  pit-stop strategy,  which allowed him to chase
 down  Ferrari's  Fernando Alonso for  the lead  with fresher tires. Alonso, who
 pitted  only  once in the early  going, gave up  the lead to Hamilton with four
 laps remaining.
 While  Alonso  faded in  the field  with his older  tires, Hamilton crossed the
 finish line 2.5 seconds ahead of surprise second-place finisher Romain Grosjean
 from Lotus.
 Hamilton  claimed  his 18th career  F1 win. His first  victory came in the 2007
 Canadian GP.
 "What  a  great feeling,"  Hamilton said. "This  is where I  won my first grand
 prix.  I knew  today would be a tough  race, but I loved every single minute of
 it. I'm really grateful."
 When  Hamilton made his  second stop with 20 laps remaining in the 70-lap race,
 his  McLaren  team experienced an  issue with  changing his right-rear tire. He
 returned to the track in third, behind leader Alonso and second-place Sebastian
 Vettel from Red Bull.
 Hamilton  continuously set the quickest laps after his stop. He overtook Vettel
 for second with six laps left before making the winning pass on Alonso.
 "I  never had a  doubt in my mind that there wasn't a possibility to win, but I
 was  thinking that  (Alonso and  Vettel) were  falling quite  far behind,  so I
 assumed they were doing a two-stop," Hamilton said. "I had a couple of problems
 during my stops, and maybe they were my fault. I don't know. But otherwise, the
 pit stops were great."
 Hamilton's most recent win came last November in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
 Grosjean posted his career-best finish in F1.
 "It was an incredible race, and the one stop strategy worked perfectly for us,"
 he  said. "It wasn't  an easy race, but we wanted to be aggressive to achieve a
 good result."
 Sergio  Perez from  Sauber also  pulled off  a stunner  in Montreal  by passing
 Alonso  and Vettel in the closing laps en route to a third-place finish and his
 second podium appearance this season.
 "When  you start 15th and there is no rain or chaos, you don't really expect to
 finish  on the  podium,"  Perez  said. "We  were  quite  aggressive today.  The
 strategy  and  the pit stop  were very good,  and I was  able to overtake a few
 cars. I saw that for me the tire degradation wasn't so bad, and this allowed me
 to manage my pace quite well."
 Vettel, who started on the pole, settled for a fourth-place result.
 "It was a difficult race today," the two-time defending F1 world champion said.
 "We  found ourselves  in third place, quite  far away from Lewis. He decided to
 box  again,  but Fernando and  I took  the decision to  stay out. I felt pretty
 comfortable  on the tires, and obviously, we were hoping to get the place back,
 but as it turned out it was the right thing to go for the second stop."
 Alonso ended up fifth.
 Nico  Rosberg from  Mercedes  took  the sixth  position,  followed by  Vettel's
 teammate,  Mark Webber, who won the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago, and Lotus'
 Kimi Raikkonen.
 Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa from Ferrari completed the top-10.
 McLaren's  Jenson  Button, who won last  year's Canadian GP, dealt with an ill-
 handling car throughout the race and wound up finishing one lap behind in 16th.
 With  the  win, Hamilton moved  atop the point  standings. He holds a two-point
 lead  over Alonso. Vettel is three points out of the lead, while Webber is nine
 markers behind.
 06/10 19:14:19 ET

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