Hamilton leads another McLaren 1-2 in an eventful Canadian GP - Race Review
Lewis Hamilton took the pole position, and the race win in Canada, with his teammate Button following him home making it the second McLaren 1-2 in as many races. Fernando Alonso completed the podium with a resurgent drive in the Ferrari.
The three world champions relegated the Red Bulls from the podium for the first time since China. Sebastian Vettel collecting 4th, Webber in 5th.
Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Sebastien Buemi, Vitantonio Liuzzi, and Adrian Sutil rounded out the points paying positions.
But that is all but a fraction of the story.
Hamiton and Vettel on the front row got away well as did Massa in 6th. It was the Brazillian that got caught up in a cloud of carbon fibre though. Running down the outside of Liuzzi and at the same time on the inside of Jenson Button, the Force India and Ferrari made contact. Then again, and again, oh and again. It resulted in Liuzzi facing the wrong way and in some need of a new front wing. It was a battle of similar vein to Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil, and one that was replayed later in the race when fighting for 9th position.
Less than a lap later Kamui Koboyashi smashed his BMW Sauber C29 into the wall of champions while fighting with fellow rookie Nico Hulkenberg.
And that set the mood for the 70 lap race. Every lap was packed with wheel-to-wheel racing, overtaking and a dash of controversy.
So much in fact it is difficult to cover everything but here's my take on the highs and lows.
One to remember
Overtaking, by the bucket-load! My favourite had to be the opportunistic move that Jenson Button made on Fernando Alonso late on that cemented the McLaren 1-2. Fernando had been a long way ahead when he approached a backmarker, he made a meal of the pass and Button cruised up behind and used his momentum to go up the inside into turn 8.
I picked this one because it was such an important manoeuvre at a period of the race that it would have been very easy to sit back and take the podium. But equally I could have chosen Massa on Liuzzi in a similar pass, or Webber on Button, Alonso on Hamilton in the pit lane… I could go on.
In recent weeks I've been hard on Vitantonio Liuzzi but this weekend he pulled something out of the bag. A career best 6th in qualifying (5th after Webber's gearbox penalty) and bringing his VJM03 home in 9th (cruicially ahead of his teammate) will put a pause to di Resta call-up noises. Liuzzi did especially well considering his first corner tussle with Massa that relegated him to the rear of the pack, and requiring a new front wing.
I have to make a special mention of that Swiss fella, Buemi. Starting 15th and taking the chequered flag in 8th is pretty darn good, but to lead a lap as well really was the icing on the cake. It's the first time the little Italian team have done that since
Vettel took them to victory in Monza 2008, and is a big pat on the back for Giorgio Ascenelli and the guys that put together the STR5 - the first car that Toro Rosso have constructed themselves in 5 years (before being customers of Red Bull Technology).
And finally Robert Kubica. Yep, again. Despite having both front wing damage and parts of his diffuser flailing he set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:16.972, eight tenths faster than the next best which was Lewis Hamilton. Actually the Pole scored the five fastest laps of the race and six in the top ten. Not bad for a fumble-bee, eh Lloyd?
One to forget
For Schumacher it was a weekend to forget. After posting some promising times in practice he failed to get into the qualifying top ten shootout. In fact he wasn't even close with both Force Indias, both Williams outdoing the German in addition to the usual suspects. The race wasn't much better either, he struggled massivley with the rear tyres even losing two places on the final lap. I wouldn't go so far as Martin Brundle though, I don't think he was at fault for the so-called incident with Kubica, and the one with Massa was little more than marginal.
It wasn't a race to be a Red Bull fan, well not on recent form and expectation. A solid second and third on the grid turned into 2nd and 7th after Mark Webber's gearbox change, but starting on the harder tyre the tempestuous pairing were leading the race after only a few laps. However slow reactions to their decaying lap times and opponents gaining momentum on fresh rubber the Austrian team were out manoeuvred and finished off the podium for the first time in three races. To top it off Vettel was nursing a gearbox problem from around half distance, oh and they had to replace his steering wheel, and clutch assembly in parc ferme.
Vitaly Petrov also had a bit of a howler. He jumped the start, went onto the grass then careered accross the circuit taking out poor old Pedro de la Rosa. He received two drive through penalties for his incident packed run to the first corner. Rubbing salt into his self-inflicted wounds Vitaly finished behind Heikki Kovalainen in the Lotus.
Was the Canadian Grand Prix grand because of the unexpected high rate of tyre wear that caught the teams out? Was it the strategy and extra pit stops that kept everyone on their toes? Or was it just the ever amazing Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?
Who knows, but I hope it wasn't just the tyres, as Bridgestone won't be making that 'mistake' again anytime soon.
|2||J Button||McLaren||+2.2 secs|
|3||F Alonso||Ferrari||+9.2 secs|
|4||S Vettel||Red Bull||+37.8 secs|
|5||M Webber||Red Bull||+39.2 secs|
|6||N Rosberg||Mercedes||+56.0 secs|
|7||R Kubica||Renault||+57.3 secs|
|8||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|9||V Liuzzi||Force India||+1 Lap|
|10||A Sutil||Force India||+1 Lap|
|11||M Schumacher||Mercedes||+1 Lap|
|12||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|13||N Hulkenberg||Williams||+1 Lap|
|14||R Barrichello||Williams||+1 Lap|
|15||F Massa||Ferrari||+1 Lap|
|16||H Kovalainen||Lotus||+2 Laps|
|17||V Petrov||Renault||+2 Laps|
|18||K Chandhok||HRT||+4 Laps|
|19||L Di Grassi||Virgin||+5 Laps|
|DNF||T Glock||Virgin||+20 Laps|
|DNF||J Trulli||Lotus||+28 Laps|
|DNF||P De la Rosa||BMW Sauber||+40 Laps|
|DNF||B Senna||HRT||+57 Laps|
|DNF||K Kobayashi||BMW Sauber||+69 Laps|
|1||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:36:24.44|
|2||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+16.4 secs|
|3||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+23.3 secs|
|4||T Glock||Toyota||+42.6 secs|
|5||F Massa||Ferrari||+43.9 secs|
|6||J Trulli||Toyota||+47.7 secs|
|7||R Barrichello||Honda||+53.5 secs|
|8||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+54.1 secs|
|9||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+54.4 secs|
|10||N Rosberg||Williams||+57.7 secs|
|11||J Button||Honda||+67.5 secs|
|12||M Webber||Red Bull||+71.2 secs|
|13||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|DNF||G Fisichella||Force India||+19 Laps|
|DNF||K Nakajima||Williams||+24 Laps|
|DNF||F Alonso||Renault||+26 Laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+31 Laps|
|DNF||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+51 Laps|
|DNF||L Hamilton||McLaren||+51 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Force India||+57 Laps|
|2||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+4.3 sec|
|3||A Wurz||Williams||+5.3 sec|
|4||H Kovalainen||Renault||+6.7 sec|
|5||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+13.0 sec|
|6||T Sato||Super Aguri||+16.6 sec|
|7||F Alonso||McLaren||+21.9 sec|
|8||R Schumacher||Toyota||+22.8 sec|
|9||M Webber||Red Bull||+22.9 sec|
|10||N Rosberg||Williams||+23.9 sec|
|11||A Davidson||Super Aguri||+24.3 sec|
|12||R Barrichello||Honda||+30.4 sec|
|DNF||J Trulli||Toyota||+12 Laps|
|DNF||V Liuzzi||Toro Rosso||+16 Laps|
|DNF||C Albers||Spyker||+23 Laps|
|DNF||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+34 Laps|
|DNF||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+44 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Spyker||+49 Laps|
|DNF||S Speed||Toro Rosso||+62 Laps|
|DNF||J Button||Honda||+70 Laps|
|DSQ||F Massa||Ferrari||+19 Laps|
|DSQ||G Fisichella||Renault||+19 Laps|