Originally Posted by Fajita Dave
In Canada it seemed like even with the DRS open neither the Ferrari or Red Bull was able to get by Hamilton on the straight.
The Red Bull has never been renowned for top speed but in Canada when Hamilton was in a fight with Alonso and Vettel towards the closing stages, he was on new rubber, they were on tired shagged-out tyres. That meant that even if Alonso or Vettel had better top speed, they couldn't get close enough after the twisty stuff (where their rubber put them at a disadvantage), to pass Hamilton.
The comparison between the performance of Vettel before and after his late, unscheduled stop for more tyres, is proof that McLaren's strategy was more important for Hamilton's win in Montreal than outright speed (it still required a first-class drive from Hamilton to be in that position).