In any normal race, we’d have been happy to give Badger’s Top Dog award to any of the top three finishers: Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean or Lewis Hamilton. Such were their standards of performance, it made it a tricky decision.
That said, it wasn’t so challenging that we needed too long to think about it. There was really only one man to whom it could go – Lewis Hamilton.
He drove with an assurance that we haven’t always seen (especially in Canada), tremendous pace and a healthy respect for the craft of building a race victory.
In the past, we’d have seen him unsettled to the point of distraction by the slightly sticky right rear tyre during his second pit stop, or by the fact that his two competitors for the race victory didn’t stop as his team assured him they would. This time, we saw a man who went out there and got the job done.
Towards the end of the race, and when he was clearly faster than both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, he was a study in calm.
The Lewis Hamilton of yesteryear might have tried to bung it down the inside (or outside, on a particularly lairy day) as soon as he was able. Instead, he bided his time and passed both of them in the easiest and least risky place to do so – along the back straight and with the advantage of DRS.
Let’s hope it’s his first victory of many this season. Well done Lewis, you’re this weekend’s Top Dog.