It was a return to form for Lewis Hamilton in Canada as he won his fourth race of the season. That extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 17 points over teammate Nico Rosberg with Sebastian Vettel a further 26 points behind in third.
After the problems Hamilton encountered in Monaco, which of course were no fault of his own, the defending World Champion was fully in control in Canada and he never looked in any real danger of losing his lead. Speaking after the race a relieved Hamilton said; “I didn’t feel I had the most comfortable balance, I had a bit too much understeer. Nico was quick but I didn’t feel under too much pressure. I felt I could pull it out when I needed to.” It was obvious the win meant a great deal to him after Monaco and he commented: “Did I need this? I think so.”
Nico Rosberg probably summed up this year’s World Championship when he said after the Canadian Grand Prix: “I was pushing like mad to try to put the pressure on Lewis but he didn’t make any mistakes.” The fact is that if Hamilton or the Mercedes crew don’t make any mistakes then Hamilton looks booked to be the 2015 World Champion.
While Mercedes carry on without any real problems, apart from those of their own making, McLaren continue to have a troublesome season. Fernando Alonso will receive a grid penalty this weekend and that could be as many as 20 places. All those attempts to try and sort out their engine will cause the allowed number to be exceeded. The car may be more reliable but he’ll still be stuck towards the back of the grid. The same could happen to Jenson Button too but hopefully McLaren will be more competitive in the second half of the season. McLaren won’t be the only team having problems with grid penalties as Red Bull are also likely to be facing them.
It looks as if the Austrian Grand Prix will be another battle between Mercedes and Ferrari. If Ferrari have any ambitions of winning either the Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championship, they need to get some wins and quickly. Upgrades to their engine did result in an improved performance in Canada but they were still behind the Mercedes. Improving their engine worked well but all that good work was ruined by the electrical problems that Sebastian Vettel’s car suffered during qualifying and a five place penalty for illegally passing during practice. The fact he finished fifth says a lot about how well his car was going in the end. If further improvement can happen this weekend then we could be in for some very interesting racing indeed.