Canadian Grand Prix – Race Report
After a slow start behind the Safety Car, a 2 hour break due to red flags and terrible weather, the Montreal Grand Prix turned into positively the best race of the season so far, with Sebastian Vettel’s winning-streak having come to an end on the final lap of the race.
Jenson Button was the winner after a daring drive, a tyre puncture, having lost serious ground. In the end he was able to overtake everyone in the top-5 and the finally the race leader on the final lap. Sebastian Vettel had lead the race practically from start to finish and even through the numerous restarts behind the safety car (four in all), but a slip up on the final lap ensured Button’s victory. Mark Webber also fell back early in the race due to a spin with Hamilton but amazingly rose up the ranks to finish third.
Michael Schumacher drove his best race of the season and was even within striking distance of Vettel (but unfortunately couldn’t use the moveable rear wing). Finally Schumi had to yield to both Button and Webber but his fourth place was still an impressive result.
Vitaly Petrov, who was taken away from the last race by ambulance, rose from position 10 and drove a solid race to finish fifth. Kamui Kobayashi rose from a weak qualifying to driving position-2 for much of the race and only losing out towards the end. Kobayashi and Massa crossed the finish-line neck-to-neck but Kamui-san was able to defend is sixth position against Massa, who after losing his front wing to a wall contact, can consider himself fortunate to have finished as high as seventh.
Jaime Alguersuari’s performance was nothing to sneeze at either with the young Spaniard finishing an impressive eighth, having started from the pit lane. With his team-mate Sebastian Buemi grabbing the tenth place and the final championship point, it was very good day for Toro Rosso. Rubens Barrichello’s Williams also rose to the occasion with the Brazilian Veteran finishing ninth.
Golden Pineapple Award:
After such a promising start from sixth, Nico Rosberg‘s 11th place was a real disappointment. I don’t honestly understand what happened to Nico. Here’s hoping he’ll do much better in Valencia in two week’s time.
Drop-Out Count: 7
With an almost season-high number of retirements, the list this time is quite illustrious. Heikki Kovalainen is the only driver who fell foul to technical difficulties soon after the race restarted. Pastor Maldonado‘s Williams also mysteriously stopped in the first turns of the circuit, a shame considering he started the race from 12th place and could have had a chance at scoring points (if his performance in Monaco is anything to go by).
Lewis Hamilton‘s crash at the start of the race was easily the most controversial. While trying to over-take his team-mate, Hamilton made contact with Button’s rear wheels and the other McLaren moved in front of him causing Hamilton to crash into the wall, ending his race.
Fernando Alonso‘s car got stuck in the chicane’s after making contact with Button during the latter’s over-take attempt. Nick Heidfeld made contact with Kobayashi’s car at the first set of turns which set loose his front-wing. After a short while the wing fell off and went under Heidfeld’s car, causing him to take off and hug the wall all the way off track.
Team Force India had a lousy time in Canada. After a drive-thru penalty was given to both drivers for various reasons, Paul Di Resta wound up crashing to a wall and Adrian Sutil’s day was ruined by a tyre puncture.
Back of the Lot News
As discussed before; Kobayashi’s, Buemi’s, Alguersuari’s and Barrichello’s rise to points were the definite applaud worthy performances of the day. Pedro De La Rosa did his best subbing for Sauber’s Sergio Perez but his rise to 12th place was more the result of other drivers’ retirements rather than his own driving prowess, but at least he stayed ahead of the new teams and on the same lap as the race-lead.
Hispania Racing Team had probably their best race to date with Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan finishing 12th and 13th respectively, ahead of the Virgins and Jarno Trulli. To his credit, Jerome D’Ambrosio (who was allowed to race despite not driving within the 107% margin in the qualifying ) beat his experienced team-mate Timo Glock who drove an abysmally bad race. Team Lotus had a rough time with Kovalainen’s failed pit-strategy and retirement and Trulli finishing dead last.