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Lewis Hamilton leads McLaren 1-2 at Canadian GP

Fernando Alonso finishes third, Sebastian Vettel takes fourth place

MONTREAL: Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the drivers' championship on Sunday when he led teammate and fellow-Briton Jenson Button home in a dramatic one-two for McLaren at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 2008 champion benefited from a well-judged two-stop strategy after starting on the softer tyres, his smooth-driving teammate Button looked after his tyres well while rivals Red Bull duo Australian Mark Webber and German Sebastian Vettel struggled with tyre degradation.

All eyes were on Hamilton to see how he coped with his tyres during the first stint of the race with Vettel behind him, in second place, after Webber was put back to seventh on the grid after changing his gearbox on Sunday morning.

Webber was leading into the final stint of the race but suffered from tyre degradation and was eventually overtaken by Hamilton, then Alonso and Button who took second place from the Ferrari driver with twelve laps remaining.

Double champion Fernando Alonso also benefited from starting with the softer tyres and claimed the final podium position ahead of Webber and teammate Vettel in fourth and fifth.

German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes finished sixth followed by Pole Robert Kubica of Renault.

Hamilton's win means he now leads the drivers' championship on 109 points ahead of Button on 106. Webber dropped to third with 103 points.

In the constructors' championship McLaren extended their lead over Rivals Red Bull to 22 points.

The results: 1. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1hr 33min 53.456sec; 2. Jenson Button (McLaren) 2.254; 3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 9.214; 4. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 37.817; 5. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 39.291; 6. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) 56.084; 7. Robert Kubica (Renault) 57.300; 8. Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) 1 lap; 9. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India) 1 lap; 10. Adrian Sutil (Force India) 1 lap;11. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP) 1 lap; 12. Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) 1 lap;13. Nico Hulkenberg (Williams F1) 1 lap; 14. Rubens Barrichello (Williams F1) 1 lap; 15. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1 lap; 16. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus) 2 laps; 17. Vitaly Petrov (Renault) 2 laps; 18. Karun Chandhok (Hispania) 4 laps; 19. Lucas Di Grassi (Virgin Racing) 5 laps

Overall standings: Drivers: 1. Lewis Hamilton 109.0 pts, 2. Jenson Button 106.0, 3. Mark Webber 103.0, 4. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 4.0, 5. Sebastian Vettel 90.0, 6. Nico Rosberg 74.0, 7. Robert Kubica 73.0, 8. Felipe Massa 67.0, 9. Michael Schumacher 34.0, 10. Adrian Sutil 23.0, 11. Vitantonio Liuzzi 12.0, 12. Rubens Barrichello 7.0, 13. Vitaly Petrov 6.0, 14. Sibastien Buemi 5.0, 15. Jaime Alguersuari 3.0, 16. Kamui Kobayashi 1.0, 17. Nico H|lkenberg 1.0.

Constructors: 1. McLaren 215.0pts, 2. Red Bull 193.0, 3. Ferrari 161.0, 4. Mercedes GP 108.0, 5. Renault 79.0, 6. Force India 35.0, 7. Toro Rosso 8.0, 8. Williams F1 8.0, 9. Sauber 1.0 . — Agencies

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