The 7th race of the F1 season was important in many aspects such as the Hamilton-Vettel rivalry, constructors championship points, about the domination of Hamilton in last few years, Ricciardo’s comeback and lot more. On that note let’s take a look at the 5 talking points:
1. Germany–Italy Combination Works Again :
Sebastian Vettel, the German driver was 2nd placed before coming to Canada and was not upto his standard. After finishing out of podium in Baku and Catalunya, he finally came 2nd in Monaco in previous race. This was the race for to do something and gain advantage over Hamilton.
Vettel was not the fastest in practice sessions but he did manage to get the pole by fantastic driving before Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Red bull’s Max Verstrappen. The positions remained same after the race and he took a thin lead over Hamilton of just 1 point .
Hamilton is now on 120 points and vettel is on 121 points.
Also this was Ferrari’s 1st Canadian win since Michael Schumacher in 2004. “Like every Grand Prix, there’s no one person to dedicate it to,” said Vettel. “I dedicate it today to the team, to the guys in Maranello, and to the Canadian fans and the Canadian tifosi. I think they’ve been waiting long enough for Ferrari to do well here.”, he added.
2. Disappointment For Hamilton :
It may be another podium finish for Mercedes by Valtteri Bottas, but the lead man Lewis Hamilton disappointed by finishing outside the podium. Bottas had to work hard to keep Verstappen behind at the start, going wheel to wheel around the first two corners. It was hard but fair and from there the Finn drove a composed race, pressurising Vettel ahead whilst defending from Verstappen behind. Hamilton had to work harder – after losing power in the early stages, he was forced to pit early to rectify the issue and that left the door open for Ricciardo to jump ahead. Despite harrying the Australian for a number of laps, he couldn’t force a mistake and came home fifth.
Hamilton’s outside podium finish meant he was unable to win the Canadian GP for the record successive 7th time.
3. Two Points For Force India :
Not quite the result they were hoping for but Force India did well to recover some points in a topsy-turvy race. Perez was compromised after colliding with Sainz at the Safety Car re-start, running wide and pitting as a result which dropped him to the back of the field. Moments after the Safety Car had peeled into the pits following Brendon Hartley and Lance Stroll’s first-lap crash, Sainz and Perez touched as they went side-by-side into Turn 1, with Perez’s car slithering off the track and rejoining midway through Turn 2, narrowly avoiding the chasing pack.
Ocon had a slow pit stop, and lost places to the Renaults as a result, but aided by Alonso’s retirement he came home ninth.
4. Sainz And Perez Clash :
Sergio Perez is surprised the Formula1 stewards did not penalise Carlos Sainz for their collision early in the Canadian Grand Prix. Force India driver Perez was trying to pass Sainz’s Renault for ninth after the restart from the safety car period when they came together at Turn 1. Perez, on the outside, ended up sliding sideways across the grass and fell to 14th. “I overtook him into Turn 1, gave enough room, but I don’t know what was the reason I got hit,” said Perez.”I was surprised that we didn’t see any penalty because I was ahead and I tried to give as much room as possible to make sure both cars went into the corner. But it happened. “I managed to save the car because I was going to go straight into the wall. Luckily I managed to save it and we kept going.”, he added.
Perez struggled to make progress thereafter, with a switch to a two-stop strategy ultimately costing him further ground and leaving him only 14th at the flag. Sainz finished eighth, beating Perez’s teammate Esteban Ocon. Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer squarely blamed Sainz for Perez’s poor result. “Sergio was racing very well until Sainz hit him, forcing him off the road, and dropped him outside the points,” said Szafnauer. “He had made the overtake so it was extremely disappointing to lose four or five places as a result. It effectively ended his afternoon. “But Sainz felt Perez had no grounds for complaint and had simply turned in on him.”Just look at the images because I’m pretty sure when he looks at them [he’ll see] I don’t move under braking or anything strange on my driving line or anything like that,” argued Sainz.”He attempted a very optimistic move around the outside. He turned in very early to the corner and we collided.”Asked if it had felt like a risky moment, Sainz replied: “For him, yes. For me, no.”
5. Alonso’s 300th GP Is A Disaster :
This weekend was supposed to be a celebration of the 300th race of the Spaniard’s career. That’s fourth most for any driver. By the end of this year, he would pass Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button and trail only Rubens Barrichello’s 326 total Grand Prix entries.
Fernando Alonso’s 300th Formula One race ended early because of an exhaust failure.
The two-time World champion retired to the garage after 43 laps of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. It was the eighth time he failed to finish at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Last year, Alonso was headed for a Top 10 finish before running into engine problems in the 66th lap. He parked his car alongside the track and climbed into the stands to watch the end of the race — to the thrill of the Montreal fans.