Taking his first win at the sixth attempt, Lewis Hamilton has taken the lead of the Formula One drivers championship and ignited the passion in many a motor racing fan. His run to victory followed a complicated path with four safety car periods interrupting the usual flow of the Grand Prix. But on the 70th lap, it was the young Briton in the lead, and it is he who took the chequered flag for McLaren.
It has been a fantastic day, this is history. To come here the first time in Canada and win, it’s been a fantastic season already, I have been ready for quite some time for the win but just when or when. The team gave me a perfect car. The Safety Car made it a bit boring, but once we got going it got more exciting.
I have to dedicate this one to my dad because without him it wouldn’t all be possible. I have to say hello to all my family back home, and all the fans and the team – at Woking, Stuttgart and Brixworth to prepare the car. Going into Indy, I go there with great confidence, we have to try to continue with the performance we have. Lewis Hamilton.
Nick Heidfeld finished in a fine and deserving 2nd, gaining 8 vital points for BMW who will have to continue for the next few races without injured Kubica.
It was great! Definitely the start was a special moment. I had a fantastic start – I overtook Alonso and got in Lewis’ slipstream. Then I saw Fernando went in a bit too deep and went off. In the safety car periods I lost a lot of time, the team did a great job.
I was happy to hear Robert was okay. It was difficult to get information and I saw the car by the side of the track. Nick Heidfeld.
And after ten years, Alex Wurz marks the anniversary of his debut with the third place podium.
We had a difficult weekend and never found the rhythm, but I showed I am a good racer, I had the pace, the option tyres were very difficult. I made no mistakes and I’m pleased to bring this one home.
To be honest it was hell, so thank god for the safety because otherwise the tyres would grain to bits. I really scraped the tyres as much as we could to get rid of graining, it was important because I had Heikki Kovalainen behind me but I had cleared the tyre and it was okay. Alex Wurz.
Heikki Kovalainen scored some solid points and did well after starting at the back of the grid.
This was such a satisfying result for me. Of course, I needed some luck to score points after starting last – but you have to take advantage of your opportunities, and I think I did exactly that.
I seemed to spend a lot of the afternoon overtaking other cars, but we had changed the set-up before qualifying to give me better straightline speed and that definitely paid off. The conditions were very hard, with a lot of marbles out on the track, and it was really easy to make mistakes. I didn’t make any, and this is a great reward after two really hard days here in Montreal.
All the problems I had this weekend only made me more determined to succeed, and it just goes to show that you should never, ever give up. You have to stay positive, keep looking ahead and the results will come. Everything fell into place for me today, and hopefully things will continue the same way next weekend in Indy. Heikki Kovalainen.
Super Aguri score even more points, much to the delight of Takuma Sato and the team.
What an awesome weekend for us. So many things happened during this race – I was really worried about what happened to Kubica and when I heard he was okay I felt relief and I would like to say a big thank you to the Formula One safety team. After that accident I then tackled the racing. It was a real mixture of competitive racing and safety car situations and our strategy worked well. At one stage I came into the pit because I saw an opportunity immediately after safety car was deployed and the pit lane was still open.
The team knew and was on hand straight away. During the last few laps I had a great feeling because I was able to race with the front-runners and I was able to confidently overtake and take back my position. This was absolutely the most beautiful day in my racing career and is an amazing result. A huge thanks to the guys today and all the people who support us. Takuma Sato.
Anthony Davidson was running as high as third at one point, but hit a beaver that damaged his front wing. Seriously, I’m not making this up.
It is such a shame about the beaver, it had it in for me for sure! I was on a clear, one stop strategy and it damaged the front wing. I couldn’t even see it at high speed and I could not understand why suddenly I locked up the front tyres and so I had to come in to the pitlane. The guys were taken by surprise in the garage when I came in, but they were really on it with the race strategy after that, telling me to overtake the safety car to get my lap back and it was a really enjoyable race at the end. It was really good team work so I am extremely happy. Anthony Davidson.