Hamilton Wins In Canada

It was all smiles, yesterday in Montreal. When was the last time you saw 3 drivers, this happy to be on the podium?

A big congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for one hell of a drive, at yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Despite McLaren’s best attempts to ruin another one of his races, Lewis wasn’t going down easy. An absolutely fantastic showing, ensured his first win of the season.

A risky tire gamble cost Fernando Alonso and Ferrari a win and despite a pole, Sebastian Vettel struggled to keep the race lead. With Alonso and Vettel falling back, it allowed the two young guns Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez, to secure 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Both drivers seemed genuinely thrilled to be sharing the podium with Lewis.

Things didn’t fare well for Jenson Button this weekend. Unfortunately his season seems to have plummeted, since that first win in Australia. Button was lapped yesterday by his teammate, in the exact same car, which is all a bit fishy. The situation at McLaren is beginning to mirror Mark Webber’s mysterious problems at Red Bull last season, as Sebastian Vettel clenched the Driver’s Championship. Hopefully Button will get out of this funk because things aren’t looking good for him right now.

I may or may not be back with a more indepth analysis of yesterday’s Grand Prix of Canada. It’s a busy week and these recaps usually take hours to write. If not, the Valencia Parade is in 2 weeks.

Photo courtesy of Pirelli.

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4 comments

  1. Hamilton never put the wheel wrong. He kept pushing and pushing, lap after lap. It was a well deserved victory in my opinion. The Pirelli’s worked exactly as I hoped they would. I guess the one thing I hadn’t ever thought of beforehand was fuel loads. Lewis and even Vettel were able to push and hard during their third stint.

    Ferrari messed up Alonso’s strategy this weekend, he should’ve stayed out as long as he possibly could during the first stints when he was in clean air. He could’ve further stretched his lead during the first round of stops and could’ve had a few more laps with the softs before they fell away. It was very much like Kimi in China, where they took a good gamble, but lost. I would almost certainly be saying the same of McLaren with Hamilton had he not won. The first slow getaway from the pits was on Lewis, the second on the pit crew.

    I’m shocked Vettel did not finish in first, I think he’s still struggling with the tires, and is unsure of how hard to push. Red Bull however, made a great call going for a last-minute second stop, getting him ahead of Alonso in the final laps. He seems to be regaining his old form though, so he should be a regular podium finisher after Britain. Webber had a quiet race, but good championship points. The top four are still very close together.

    Grosjean and Perez got well deserved podium finishes. They held in throughout the race and seized the opportunity when it presented itself. Those two are going to be future stars and champions.

    Kimi and Button were just absolutely no shows. Not much to say other than they need to get going if they want to stay in the fight in the second half of the season. There are just no easy points this year and they cannot afford to lose any more points.

    Schumacher’s streak of bad luck just keeps going. Honestly, no matter how much preparation you do and how fast you are and how good your strategy, you still need luck in racing. Schumi seems to have used it all up in his first career.

    And Force India really needs to find some race pace. Di Resta just kept moving backwards even though he was up into fifth in the first few laps. They better do something drastic if they want to meet their target for fifth in the constructor’s title.

    1. I’m not sure I’d agree that DRS has ruined F1, as much as it’s moved things in a different direction. While the DRS zone plays a big role in overtaking, it makes the rest of the driver’s lap, that much more important. It’s even more crucial to push and maintain the lead.

      In Canada Alonso’s race was botched because of a bad tire strategy by Ferrari. Had he stayed out longer before that first stop and increased the lead, he wouldn’t have been in danger from Hamilton passing (in the DRS zone). F1 is so much more about strategy these days and if anything has “ruined” the sport, I’d blame Pirelli’s inferior tires.

      Pirelli could easily produce a grippier, longer lasting compound to keep the focus on the racing, rather than pit stops. Instead it’s the opposite and we’ve seen so many teams fail (McLaren), because of pitting.

      I think F1 is a lot more exciting now, than it was a few years ago and we are all witnessing a historical season in the sport.

      I can fully understand your reasoning though. I would also agree that the commentating on SPEED leaves a lot to be desired. I’m a fan of Steve Matchett and Will Buxton and think they’re the strongest members of the team. Bob Varsha has always served as more of a mediator for the group and David Hobbs is well, David Hobbs.

  2. McLaren’s pit stop woes are entirely their own and under the modern rules they need to run both the prime and option tire at each race, so no matter which tires they use, McLaren would still be at risk.

    Pirelli has produced these fast degrading tires because the FIA requested it of them. Tires are literally a black art, not suspension, not aero. However, it seems teams like Sauber, Red Bull, and McLaren are finally starting to understand the Pirelli’s a bit better.

    I like the DRS technology, but I wish it could be deployed at any time, for a limited amount of time, like KERS. But then it would probably become a safety issue. It is notoriously difficult to overtake in F1, which is why the Overtaking Group decided on current shape, degrading tires, KERS, and DRS. But, even with DRS, look at Sauber. They’re top speed is so much higher than any other car, even with DRS they’re very difficult to pass. Rather than getting rid of DRS (since aero is the biggest factor in F1), I’d rather see KERS go. It’s heavy, expensive, complicated, and dangerous. And now they’re going to add TERS which further exasperates the situation. I wish they would scrap it in the turbo era in favor of a simple scramble boost feature for the push-to-pass. However, I am all for the new limited mass flow measuring for limiting power output, because it means more efficient engines will create more power for the same amount of fuel.

    Before ’09 everyone complained of single-file racing, and now that there’s huge shakeups, everyone is complaining about how it’s random. It’s not, it’s just that modern racing is truly a team sport. The level of competition is so high, EVERY member has to do their job perfectly to pull out the win. It is no longer about just the driver and car. Personally, I’m loving this historic season. I think the tires just created an opportunity for more human influence on the race outcomes. There is more emphasis on the driver now and less emphasis on having the best car, which is a good thing in my opinion. Granted, the drivers can’t always be pushing, they still need to push to the limits of the tire, while maintaining their strategy. This means drivers need to use their brains and engineers need to create better strategies. And when the cars do come in to pit, the mechanics need to be absolutely perfect.

    Long live F1!

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