It was another McLaren 1-2 finish at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, as Lewis Hamilton led Jenson Button to the checkered flags to claim victory – along with a spot at the top of the series standings. The finish also helped McLaren to solidify its position at the top of the Constructor’s Championship.
It was Hamilton’s second consecutive victory and the 14th of his career. However, there was some adversity and controversy for him to overcome during the race weekend. He was fined $10,000 after turning off his engine and stopping on the track after earning the pole during Friday’s qualifying. McLaren officials said that they were concerned that Hamilton’s car would be short the one liter required to provide FIA officials for testing and they decided to have him shut the car down in order to meet that regulation.
The key move for Hamilton during the race came when he passed Fernando Alonso for second place on lap 15, putting him directly behind Sebastien Buemi, who found himself in the lead thanks to tire strategy. However, Buemi would be forced to pit, conceding the lead – and the race – to Hamilton. Alonso finished third, while the Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber rounded out the top five.
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