GP2 graduates make history by locking out F1 podium in Canada
Montreal F1 rostrum made up solely of GP2 graduates
The record books were again re-written this weekend after the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One podium comprised exclusively of GP2 graduates for the first time in the history of the sport, once again showing once why GP2 is the strongest feeder series to Formula 1.
2006 GP2 Series Champion Lewis Hamilton claimed victory and was in seventh heaven after becoming the seventh different race winner in a memorable 2012 Formula 1 season. The result also saw Hamilton take the lead in the Drivers Standings.
Reigning GP2 Champion Romain Grosjean was particularly impressive in his efforts to secure second position, after making his Pirelli tyres last for an incredible 49 laps which saw him steal a podium from double World Champion Fernando Alonso in the latter stages of a long and challenging race. The tyre management skills gained during his time in GP2 have proved invaluable and have made him a strong contender in F1 this season, whilst more experienced drivers and former F1 champions have struggled to make the tyres last.
The same can be said of 2010 Vice Champion Sergio Perez who pocketed third place after he ran 41 laps on the Pirelli softer compound in his first stint. The Mexican is renowned for his silky skills to be gentle on his tyres and to make them last a longer duration than his rivals which has seen him record some strong performances early on in his F1 career.
With tyre management the key to success more than ever in Formula 1 this season, GP2 is giving its drivers the perfect preparation and educating with managing the Pirelli tyres to excel into the elite category of motorsport: Formula One!