By Adam Tate, Associate Editor
The Canadian Grand Prix gave us many new stats last weekend, not least of all was Lewis Hamilton tying his idol Ayrton Senna with 65 pole positions. Lewis is now just three from tying Michael Schumacher for the all time record of 68.
Hamilton also won the Canadian Grand Prix for the sixth time since he joined F1 in 2007. One more win in Canada and he will tie Schumacher again, this time for the most wins in Montreal. Schumacher still holds the record for most wins of a single race though, the French Grand Prix, which he won an astounding eight times. Schumacher also had six or more wins at Spa, Barcelona, Suzuka, and Imola.
The win was also a grand slam, or if you prefer the classical term: grand chelem for Hamilton. Meaning he lead every lap from pole position, set the fastest lap, and won the race. It is his fourth grand slam, which ties him with Sebastian Vettel, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, and Senna. The only drivers with more than four are Alberto Ascari and Schumacher with five, and Jim Clark with eight!
Looking at the rest of the grid, at this point in the season only three drivers have out qualified their team mate at every race; Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg, and Fernando Alonso.
Massa’s team mate, Lance Stroll celebrated the first point scoring finish of his career, he is only the third Canadian to score points after Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve. He is also the first driver to score his first points at his home race since Daniel Ricciardo did in Australia in 2014. At 18 years 7 months and 13 days old, Stroll is the second youngest points scorer in history after Max Verstappen.
Speaking of Ricciardo, the Red Bull driver scored his third podium in a row, while team mate Verstappen suffered his third DNF of the season.
Sebastian Vettel lost the enviable record of finishing every race this season on the podium, but his recovery drive from 18th to fourth netted him his fifth driver of the day award from seven races in 2017.