Lewis Hamilton kept his head where others lost theirs to claim his first Formula One win at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

The Briton led from start to finish through 70 incident-packed laps, surviving four safety car periods to retake sole possession of the world championship lead after McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso suffered a nightmare afternoon - mainly at his own hand.

The Spaniard was repeatedly off the road at turn one and incurred a stop-go penalty for pitting under the first safety car, forcing him to battle from deep in the field to claim a handful of damage limitation points.

Nick Heidfeld proved to be Hamilton's 'closest' opposition, having jumped Alonso on lap one, but was never really in contention despite being given repeated opportunities to close on the young Briton under the safety car.

Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella were both black-flagged for exiting the pits under the red light, while Robert Kubica was taken to the medical centre after a massive crash on the first restart. The Pole is apparently awake and talking, but further confirmation of his condition is awaited.

The final podium spot remained in question to the end with late fuel stops for some, and eventually fell to Alex Wurz.

Full report and result to follow....

 

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