Hamilton on winning strategy

Lewis Hamilton admitted a one-stop strategy was not a viable option for him as he celebrated his first win of the season in the Canadian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton admitted a one-stop strategy was not a viable option for him as he celebrated his first win of the season in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver had to charge back to first place after having made his second stop after rival Fernando Alonso decided to stop just once.

Hamilton erased a gap of over 14 seconds and passed the Ferrari with ease to become the seventh Formula 1 winner in 2012.

The Briton praised his team for the strategy, and he conceded stopping just once would have been a mistake for him.

"I think the team did a great job with the pitstops and the strategy," said Hamilton. "I was very, very surprised that I was able to look after the tyres and push at the times I needed to push. I was surprised in the first stint. I knew Fernando was the one to beat. He has generally great pace on long runs.

"I was not able to do one stop, I think I would have fallen back, so I think a two-stop was just right."

He added: "Of course we were aware of that. We went into the race knowing we would be doing two stops and when the guys were behind me I had a feeling that Fernando would be doing one stop. I knew I had to make a gap while looking after the tyres, even though Fernando was picking his pace up. It was one of the best stints I had."

The McLaren driver, who had failed to win a race until today despite having started from pole position twice this year, was elated after securing his second victory where he achieved his first grand prix triumph in 2007.

"What a feeling," said Hamilton. "This is where I won my first grand prix. I knew it would be tough, I loved ever single minute and I am really grateful.

"It was one of the most enjoyable races I have had until now and I was just thinking today to finish at the front as I did with my first win would be very, very special for me. I could not believe it when I crossed the line. The feeling inside was like an explosion, that is what I like about racing."

Despite stopping one more time than his main rivals Hamilton said he never doubted he could win the race.

"I never had a doubt in my mind that there was no possibility to win, but I was thinking that these guys were quite far behind so assumed they were doing one stop," he said.

The McLaren driver now leads the championship from Alonso by two points.

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