After the disappointment of Monaco, the Silver Arrows hit back in supreme style in Montreal, heading back to the top step of the podium and making some new records along the way. It’s time for all of the best facts, stats and figures from the Canadian Grand Prix.
Canada Milestones – Part I
On a super Saturday, Lewis took pole number 65 of his career to equal his idol, the late-great Ayrton Senna, for second on the all-time pole list. The surprise award of one of the Brazilian’s helmets left Lewis almost speechless; such was the significance of the moment.
10 years on from his maiden pole here in Montreal, the Brit converted a special pole into his 56th Formula One win with a serene performance out front to match another one of Senna’s records – for career Grand Slams. Lewis scored the fastest lap, led every lap, took pole and the victory for his fourth career quadruple – his second of the year after China.
Canada Milestones – Part II
Only Jim Clark (eight), Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher (five) have achieved more F1 Grand Slams than Lewis and no driver has ever scored more than three in a single season. Lewis has another 13 races this season to match or even beat that record and claim another F1 record for himself.
Victory on Sunday was Lewis’ third of this campaign and his sixth at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – joining Senna and Schumacher as one of just three drivers to win six times at a single track. Senna famously claimed six wins at Monaco, while Schumacher won six times at Spa, Barcelona and Suzuka, seven times at Imola and Montreal, and an unbelievable eight times at Magny Cours.
Valtteri came home in second to complete the Silver Arrows’ first one-two of 2017 – well worth the wait. The Finn is becoming something of a Montreal specialist, clocking up his third consecutive podium finish in Canada.