F1 Fanatic guest writer Journeyer concludes his second part of the history of the Canadian Grand Prix which he began yesterday.
In the past decade the Canadian Grand Prix has gained a reputation as a chaotic race, and the bumpy kerbs and ever-present walls conspire to create dramatic races. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the past ten years.
This was the year the ‘Wall of Champions’ earned its nickname. Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve – world champions all – crashed straight into it that year. Mika Hakkinen was the only champion in the race not to hit the wall that year – and he won it.
It was a Schumacher one-two here in 2001 – the first ever – but it was Ralf, not Michael, who won. It was another Schumacher one-two in 2003, and this time it was Michael who held off not only Ralf, but Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso as well. Oh, and he did all this with fading brakes.
P.S. Try to look at the side mirrors of the Williams cars near the end of the race. You’ll notice something… different.
A red light means stop. Unfortunately, Montoya missed it, which got him a black flag and denying him what should have been a certain win (and a McLaren one-two). This was after Alonso made his first major error of the season, hitting the wall and going out of the race.
Instead, it was left to Kimi Raikkonen to hold off the two resurgent Ferraris to win. This video is the first part of the nine-part complete race – with the entire race seen from car onboards! Just check its related videos to find the other parts. Assuming Bernie’s motley crew haven’t deleted it.
What a race! So many memories from last year: Robert Kubica’s crash, Felipe Massa and Fisichella outdoing Montoya in 2005, Takuma Sato’s moment of glory, Alonso’s tractor McLaren, Lewis Hamilton’s first Grand Prix win, Alexander Wurz and Williams’ first podium since 2005… What else needs to be said?
This first video contains Kubica’s crash as it happened.
The last video is an amusing extra. As Formula One Group has become so determined to delete F1 videos off Youtube, one enterprising fan has taken it upon himself to re-create action from races in F1 game GP4, and upload it. Here are some of the highlights from 2007 (minus the Kubica crash):
Read the first part of Journeyer’s history of the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal. If you want to write a guest article for F1 Fanatic you can find all the information you need here.