Lewis Hamilton took the lead of the world championship on Sunday by winning his first race of the 2012 season in Canada.

Lewis Hamilton took the lead of the world championship on Sunday by winning his first race of the 2012 season in Canada.

The Briton becomes the seventh different winner of the year after the opening seven grands prix, and pulls two points clear of former championship leader Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton won with a two-stop strategy, so therefore had to pass one-stoppers Sebastian Vettel and Alonso with mere laps to the chequered flag.

But until then, the 2008 world champion wondered whether McLaren had made another team blunder.

"Are you sure they (Vettel and Alonso) are not trying a one-stop?" Hamilton asked his engineer on the radio.

"We're sure, Lewis," came the reply.

Ultimately, McLaren was wrong about Red Bull and Ferrari's plans, but the two-stop turned out as superior.

"It was a big mistake by Ferrari not to stop more than once. A big mistake," said Jaime Alguersuari on British radio.

But Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Sauber's Sergio Perez made their one-stoppers work, easily passing the struggling Alonso - and also beating pole sitter Vettel - in the closing stages to lock out the podium.

 

Results

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Pts

1

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1:32:29.586

25

2

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

+2.5 secs

18

3

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

+5.2 secs

15

4

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+7.2 secs

12

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

+13.4 secs

10

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+13.8 secs

8

7

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+15.0 secs

6

8

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

+15.5 secs

4

9

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

+24.4 secs

2

10

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

+25.2 secs

1

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

+37.6 secs

 

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+46.2 secs

 

13

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

+47.0 secs

 

14

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

+64.4 secs

 

15

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

+1 Lap

 

16

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

+1 Lap

 

17

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

+1 Lap

 

18

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

+1 Lap

 

19

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

+1 Lap

 

20

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

+3 Laps

 

Ret

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

Brakes

 

Ret

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

Rear wing

 

Ret

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

Brakes

 

Ret

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

Brakes

 

 

 

 

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