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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 19:05 GMT 20:05 UK
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 10 June, 2007 The Chequered Flag podcast



Final positions:

1 L Hamilton (McLaren)

2 N Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)

3 A Wurz (Williams)

4 H Kovalainen (Renault)

5 K Raikkonen (Ferrari)

6 T Sato (Super Aguri)

7 F Alonso (McLaren)

8 R Schumacher (Toyota)

LATEST NEWS (all times BST)

By Andrew Benson & Mark Orlovac

1957: Hamilton vaults onto the podium and there is absolutely nothing that can take that beaming smile off his face. "God Save The Queen" rings out at Montreal and the party can now begin.

1954: Hamilton punches the air as he cruises round the track, soaking up the applause from the Montreal crowd. After docking his car, he dances on top of the vehicle and jumps off just like Frankie Dettori. He then leaps over the railings and is mobbed by his McLaren team, he hasn't even taken off his helmet yet.

Lap 70: Hamilton has done it. He claims his maiden Formula One win. What a performance.

Lap 68: Bad news for Alonso, he is overtaken by Sato and is now in seventh. Maybe something is wrong with his car?

"Lewis Hamilton is just nursing his car around the track, staying away from the walls to make sure he stays clear of trouble."
Maurice Hamilton, Radio Five Live analyst

Lap 66: Hamilton is looking good. Four laps to go and he is six seconds ahead of the rest.

Lap 63: Alonso has dropped back and there is a bit of track between him and Raikkonen. All we need to remember is that Hamilton is still leading.

Lap 62: Hamilton is stretching ahead and is just under two seconds ahead of Heidfeld.

Lap 61: Alonso continues his progress up the field as he overtakes Schumacher to go seventh.

Lap 60: We are racing again as the safety car disappears. Hamilton has kept calm out in front and he is just 10 laps away from the finish.

Lap 58: The safety car is still on the track but that does not mean that all is quiet. Trulli comes in for a pit stop but as he comes back out, he steers his Toyota straight into the wall.

Lap 55: Just as the safety car thinks it can have a rest, it is required again after Luizzi smacks into a wall.

Lap 54: The safety car comes in and we are off racing again.

Lap 52: Alonso and Raikkonen come in for their second stops but the Spaniard is just, and only just, able to get out in front.

Lap 51: Massa and Fisichella are disqualified for leaving the pits while the exit was closed during the earlier safety car period.

Lap 50: Chasing Raikkonen, Alonso gives the kerb a hefty clout at turn nine. The safety car comes out so the track can be cleared of Albers's debris.

Lap 49: Albers crashes his Spyker after misjudging turn nine, leaving more debris on the track.

Lap 48: Hamilton comes in for his final stop and he rejoins comfortably still in the lead. Meanwhile, Alonso is the fastest driver on the circuit as he seeks to atone for his penalty. He has reeled in Raikkonen's Ferrari and is pressuring the Finn for seventh place.

Lap 47: Heidfeld comes in for his second pit stop

Lap 45: Hamilton is easing away from Heidfeld and is now six seconds to the good.

Lap 43: Kubica's manager says he has spoken to the BMW Sauber driver and he appears to be fine - a huge relief after such a massive accident. The Pole has been taken to Montreal general hospital for further check-ups.

Lap 42: Alonso passes Kovalainen to move into the points in eighth place.

Lap 41: Alonso passes Albers's Spyker to move into ninth place.

Lap 40: Alonso passes Barrichello to move into what has become 10th place following some pit stops ahead of him.

Lap 37: Typical Canada chaos now. Davidson comes into the pits to find no-one waiting to fit him with fresh tyres and fuel and there is a Laurel and Hardy-type scramble to sort him out. Out on the track, Rosberg and Trulli pirouette together while disputing a position at turn one. And Coulthard comes into the pits to retire his Red Bull with gearbox trouble.

Lap 36: Alonso and Rosberg come in to the pits to take their 10-second penalties for pitting when it was forbidden. Alonso rejoins in 13th place.

News on Kubica. A BMW Sauber spokesman said they had been told he is in "stable" condition. He had no more information.

Lap 35: Already Hamilton has a 3.6-second lead, and he looks totally in control despite the chaos around him.

Lap 34: Raikkonen misjudges his braking on the dust that has been put down at the hairpin in the wake of Kubica's accident, and runs wide. Sato's Super Aguri slips past him into 10th place.

Lap 33: The race re-starts and Hamilton already has a massive lead. Not sure what Heidfeld thought he was doing so far back.

Lap 32: The safety car will come in at the end of this lap.

Lap 30: Kubica is now out of his car, which is being craned away, but there has been no news about his condition.

Lap 28: Medics crowd around Kubica's car, which still has the driver inside it. It was a truly horrendous-looking crash.

Alonso and Rosberg have been given 10-second stop-go penalties for entering the pits when they were closed. Surely Hamilton now has his first victory in the bag, barring mistakes or car failures.

Lap 26: The race restarts and Hamilton has to build his lead all over again. Alonso and Rosberg are under investigation for possibly coming into the pits illegally. And less than a lap is completed before Kubica has a frightening-looking accident at the hairpin.

He was trying to pass Trulli's Toyota and, while still at full speed, loses control, smashes off the track and into the barriers, and barrell-rolls down the track before coming to rest just before the gravel run off at the hairpin with only one wheel still on the car. The safety car is deployed again.

Lap 24: The pit lane is open - and those who did not creep in to the pits before they were closed can now make their stops. They stream in, led by Massa, who has Raikkonen queued behind him.

Lap 23: The safety car comes out - Sutil's Spyker has hit the wall hard at turn four. How will this affect Hamilton? There are new rules governing the safety car this year. Alonso comes in for new tyres and fuel, which could be very good news for him - or very bad if it is decided that he came in after it was closed. The Ferrari drivers do not pit in time.

Lap 22: Hamilton comes in for his first stop and is on his way again after nine seconds. He rejoins in front of Raikkonen's Ferrari in fourth place.

Lap 21: Hamilton is 19 seconds ahead of Massa in the lead.

Lap 20: Heidfeld pits from second place - so BMW had fuelled him light, as suspected. He rejoins in seventh place, ahead of team-mate Kubica.

Lap 18: Another mistake by Alonso at turn one - his third in 18 laps - and this time Massa is close enough to take advantage. The Ferrari slips through into third place and Alonso is in danger of suffering a big hit in the world championship at this race.

Lap 17: Hamilton, driving beautifully, is more than 11 seconds clear of Heidfeld, with Alonso now five seconds behind the BMW.

"These are two critical races for Alonso. He definitely doesn't like Indianapolis, where we're going next weekend, and he's making a bit of a mess of this one so far."
Maurice Hamilton, Five Live analyst

Lap 14: Alonso runs wide again at the first corner - is he running into brake problems, making mistakes pushing too hard to get back into this race?

Lap 10: Hamilton appears to be walking away with this one - he is already nearly eight seconds clear of Heidfeld, with Alonso another two seconds adrift.

Raikkonen slips on to the grass after making a mistake while braking for turn six. He rejoins with no significant harm done.

Lap nine: Alonso is not pressuring Heidfeld hard for second place - odd, considering his hopes of beating Hamilton, who sets another fastest lap, surely rest on being right with him by the time of the first pit stops.

Scott Speed's Red Bull retires with broken suspension after colliding with Wurz's Williams trying an ill-advised passing move into turn four.

Lap five: Hamilton sets fastest lap and moves 3.2 seconds clear of Heidfeld, who is 1.2 secs ahead of Alonso.

"It said it was in first gear on the grid, but it didn't move. I tried several times to get into gear, but it didn't work. It hasn't been a fantastic weekend, but there is pace in the car on long runs so it's frustrating."
Jenson Button

Lap four: Button strolls languidly back to the pits, sucking on his teeth at the thought of another race gone to waste.

Lap three: Mark Webber, who dropped to ninth with a poor start after brilliantly qualifying his Red Bull sixth, spins at turn one after trying to pass Robert Kubica's BMW on the outside and drops to 13th just behind Barrichello's Honda.

Lap two: Hamilton is more than two seconds clear of Heidfeld's BMW, which has Alonso right behind it.

Lap one: The most bizarre of starts from Alonso - he makes the best getaway, but goes way too deep into the first corner, careers over the grass, and rejoins behind Heidfeld's BMW Sauber. With Hamilton calmly into the lead, it's exactly what the Spaniard doesn't need, and another piece of evidence that Hamilton's pace is getting to him.

Jenson Button stalls on the grid, and is still stuck in the pit lane.

1800: The lights go green and the drivers move off for the final formation lap. The temperature is now 27C, with the track at 53C - will the track begin to break up like it did last year, provoking a number of accidents?

"The key thing for Hamilton is not to over-drive it, because if you do you'll hit that wall, and that's race over."
Maurice Hamilton, Radio Five Live analyst

1750: Canada is traditionally Ferrari country because of Gilles Villeneuve's super-heroic status, but Alonso also has his fans out in Montreal - a string of people dressed as bullfighters and waving the flags of Spain and Alonso's home province dance a conga as they make their way to their seats for the start of the race.

1745: Although the Ferrari drivers believe they will be more competitive in the race, at least as big a concern for the McLaren drivers early on will be Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber in third place.

BMW have developed a bit of a reputation for running their cars light on fuel early in the race and, if that is the case, he could be a nuisance for the McLaren drivers on the run down to the first corner. Alonso, in second, is more vulnerable, and if he gets stuck behind the BMW he can effectively kiss goodbye to his chances of beating Hamilton.

1742: The temperature in Montreal has crept up to 26C, and the track temperature is pushing 50C - tough conditions for the drivers on a treacherous race track.

1740: While Hamilton gets all the plaudits for the sensational start to his Formula One career, another highly rated rookie is having a torrid time. Heikki Kovalainen, who replaced Alonso at Renault, qualified only 19th after hitting one of Montreal's most notorious walls, and then was dropped to the back of the grid when his team had to change his engine.

1735: The feeling in the Montreal paddock is that Alonso has enough fuel for a couple of extra laps before his first pit stop than Hamilton. If that is true, the Englishman will need to build a gap to his team-mate before his first stop, or the chances are Alonso will use the extra laps to gain the necessary time to leapfrog him.

1730: The pit lane opens and the cars head out for the grid, and get their first sense of the conditions they will be facing.

1700: The Canadian Grand Prix is one of the toughest of the season. The track is slippery, and it has caught out most of the champions in the past. It is also a car-breaker, with the long straights putting a heavy strain on engines and brakes. If Lewis Hamilton is going to win his first race on Sunday, he is going to have to earn it.

1545: With just over two hours to go before the start of the race, the temperature in Montreal is a balmy 21C, with a few clouds dotted around a beautiful blue sky.

Lewis Hamilton has a strong chance of recording the first Grand Prix victory of his short but stellar career on Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Englishman starts from pole position in his McLaren, with seemingly only team-mate Fernando Alonso, who is second, as opposition for victory.

It is the first pole of Hamilton's career, which he has started more successfully than any driver in F1 history.

But the indications from practice and qualifying were that, unlike in Monaco two weeks ago, Alonso may have an edge on speed.

The Spanish double world champion was on course to beat Hamilton's pole position time in qualifying when he ran wide at the hairpin.

Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber is a surprise third on the grid, ahead of the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.



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