Rate the race: Canada

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

What did you think of the Canadian Grand Prix? Rate the race out of ten and leave a comment below:

Rate the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix out of ten

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  1. Terrific. Proves you don’t need rain or a safety car to provide an enthralling race, but unknown tyre conditions and plenty of close-contact racing. Beautiful.

    1. Absolutely if the track is good. RedbullF1spy tweeted the following after the race.

      “If you’ve got friends who still think overtaking is all about the cars and not about the circuit, make them watch Montreal over and over…”

      Didn’t get the result I was hoping for but was a bloody good race especially the first 30 laps. Adrenaline was very high.

      1. I have to say I think that quote is more a reflection of Red Bull not wanting to see more restrictions on aerodynamic development because they’ve paid big money to hire the best aerodynamicist in F1. Christian Horner may a revealing comment along those lines earlier on in the weekend.

        1. I think you are right on this Keith, i think Horner commented on not looking forward to have a KERS with a factual advantage, instead wanting to focus more on the adjustable rear wing (aerodynamics) to make for more overtaking.

      2. circuit and the tyres!

    2. Yes,that’s true.
      Wonderful race with lots of nail-biting moments. Really enjoy it right here in Malaysia on a cold morning.. Don’t think will be able to get back 2 sleep anymore..

    3. It was easily the best dry-weather race I’ve seen in 10 years. Brilliant.

      1. Better than Suzuka 05?

  2. 100/10.

    Amazing race. Unpredictable. Loads of different leaders. Amazing track. Amazing result…

    And for a lap I was watching a Toro Rosso holding off Alonso for THE LEAD of the Grand Prix.


  3. :-D

    That is all.

    1. I concur! Nice to be smiling rather than snoozing after a Grand Prix

      1. F1 need a race twice as good as normal to make up for Valencia being next on the calender. That’ll do nicely!! :D

        1. Let us remain optimistic and hope that this year Valencia will finally manage to be an interesting race!

          And with good reasons:
          a) Although it is still one of the non-Red Bull GP’s this year, that does not mean they can be counted out, even if they are doing worse than in Canada.
          b) Ferrari this weekend have shown they can manage with this type of circuit, and they have their big update coming
          c) Renault have a bigger than usual update planned, possibly putting them firm into the mix
          d) With a bit more grip, maybe Merc can also get their tires working so they can use their engine. Despite the 2nd half going wrong, MSC was third at one point, and Rosberg was doing pretty good.
          d) No reason McLaren will not be fast there like they were in Montreal.

          So that means we can expect 4 or 5 teams to fight near the front, and we also have FI, plus Williams if they do not screw up, and possibly Torro Rosso too, all fighting for points.

          Plus, Lotus can try to once again take those teams on.

          And who knows, maybe this time the Saubers actually both manage a finish.

          1. Well if we see Schumacher in the mix, at least we will see some interesting moves. Otherwise i am afraid there will be little overtaking there.

            Lets hope it won’t be a normal Valencia, that would be an enormous shock, as the last races have been so good.

          2. dont get your hopes up. valencia is the worst race of the season.

  4. I gave it a seven. First half was super exciting, but the second half was fairly processional with the exception of BUT’s pass on ALO.

    1. Processional? All the chaos with schum/massa/force indias, far from processional.

      1. and the massa vs sutil, taking the force india when he was messing with the lotus, and the buemi-schumi overtaking, buemi defending schumi, and hulk in the mix, phew this is the best

        1. That’s true. I guess the opening laps were just so gripping that it started to seem boring at the later stages in comparison. Overall a great race to watch either way.

          1. We were so spoilt by those first laps!

    2. Least processional race i’ve seen in my entire long life.

    3. I gave it a 7 as well; from an entertainment perspective it was probably a 9, but the first half was too much of a lottery for my personal tastes and gave a pretty good argument against having tires that degrade too quickly…. have Ferrari suddenly improved, or was this a great (if not fully rewarding) drive from Alonso? Great stuff from McLaren – both from the drivers and race management. Not so hot from Red Bull – they’d better have a sit down and hammer out a serious plan for the rest of the season if they don’t want to be left wondering about what might have been.

      1. Agree, although I gave it an 8 for the entertainment.

  5. Awesome race. Really gripping, and battles all the way through the field.
    Just shows what happens when you can’t do the whole race on a set of tyres!

    1. Agreed. The tires last way too long at a normal race weekend.

      1. I’ll third that, Sadly, I expect Pirelli will be over cautious (or whoever else they pick)

        And the situation with tyre’s lasting a long time will only get worse.

    2. No, this just shows what random tyre changes do.

      What do you think will happen if Red Bull would do the same race again? Would they make the same mistake again you think?

      Of course not and then all cars will be on the same strategy again and the chaos is gone …

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  6. I think this race showed how important a track design is. The only reason this race was so exciting was because how hard this race was on the tyres.

    1. Actually, I’d say that this race proved the importance of tyre design. Tyres that wear easily create much better races

      1. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the tyre design, because the tyres were the same they use anywhere else. It was the surface of the track which was so hard on the tyres that they were degrading quickly.

        1. No it was a lot about the track not being used in between. That made the tyres going off so much.

          1. So, a random possibility of a sponge bath for the track, every Sunday before the race then? Hm, that is not so different from sprinkler systems people mentioned before as a solution!

      2. This is something I posted after the first few races when we were dicussing that aero prevented overtaking. It not the aero it’s mechanical grip from the tyres….

        As the tyres give up the grip is lost which gives big difference in lap times and opens up the overtaking window.

        Whilst I agree that the tyres are the same as at many other races this season, it just goes to show how a different surface can degrade them making for better racing for the fans.

        I second the call to make 2011 tyres less durable. We don’t need to dictate compulsary pit stops… Just make tyres which don’t last the distance.

        10/10 for me…. Exciting racing and a great British 1-2 for McLaren

        1. It’s both, The aero prevents another car from closing on the car ahead, This is more obviously in the new wide open tilkedromes, and Canada, having little medium to high speed corners, simply doesn’t suffer from the problem.

          1. But the top four cars were able to stay very close to one another in Turkey as well, and you can hardly say that turn 8 is a slow corner!!

    2. It’s not so much a result of the track design, but rather the lack of regular racing and support races on the circuit, and weather conditions.

      1. Let that be a lesson to Bernie. Never let a track of this calibre drop off of the calendar ever again… not for all the Arab oil money in the world.

        1. Actually, it might show that he should do that to all circuits: only every year, especially Australia, and Bahrain/Turkey/China – give it time to grow some molds! A bit like crop circulation, really :-p

          1. “every other year” that should have said, sorry.

  7. I’ll give it a 9. Maybe a bit generous because it got a bit dull at times in the second half, but the first 20 laps or so were just electric!

    That makes 2 consecutive exciting dry races! That has happened for donkeys years as far as I can remember. 2010 is turning out to be a pretty fantastic season. Here’s hoping the next few races will be similarily exciting

    1. I gave it nine as well, only because I reserve Tens for when there’s some kind of dramatic late race twist like Brazil 2008.

      I thought Alonso was robbed, but it was absolutely brilliant entertainment. To think so many people were complaining after Bahrain that we needed everything from blue shells to compulsory pit stops. 2010 has been absolutely epic so far.

      1. robbed because he got passed on the track?

        1. robbed bacause he was unlucky with lapped cars getting in the way.

      2. See I wouldn’t mind the blue shells from Mario Kart 64 so much cause they stayed along the ground and could take out anyone on the way to first, means everyone needs to keep an eye out and drive well. Double Dash onwards tho forget it!

    2. And all without a safety car. Be interesting to see what modifications Ferrari and Mclaren bring to the next few races. I understand they’re quite big up grades. If it results in racing like today, Bring It On…

      1. That must be about the first Canadian GP in 5 years without a SC period. Gripping race. I had trouble following all the action at once.

        1. Loved that there was no saftey car, sods law took full effect. Yet the tyre degredation ment the whole thing was dramatic enough without.

          1. yeah safety cars are only exciting on boring tracks.

  8. Great race and why is there always one who votes 1

    1. maybe for not getting his desired result, he should know this is for f1 fanatics who rise above their choices and love the sport more

    2. Because there are always stupid ones.


  10. 100/10.

    Amazing race. Unpredictable. Loads of different leaders. Passing all the time. Amazing track. Amazing result…

    And for a lap I was watching a Toro Rosso holding off Alonso for THE LEAD of the Grand Prix.


    1. 2003 British GP is the best I’ve seen IMO.

    2. I know 10million, it just has to be 10, passing at the front, tyre strategies going every which way. My favourite team winning 1-2 different driver quick at different points.

      McLaren and Ferrari making hay at the front, I loved every minute of this race what an absolute belter.

      My first ever 10 rated race, if you can’t rate this race ten then when can you.

  11. Great race, a 9/10 for me, gutted for Schumacher and Massa though.

  12. 10/10.

    Awesome race as in Turkey, although Nando lost his 2nd position and had to slow down at the end.
    I’m happy also for Tonio, he was able to overtake Schumi very badly and get the position he deserved.

    1. if alonso had caught hamilton 5 laps from the end and they battled til the finish line, then maybe i’d give a 10.

  13. I voted it a ten as my prediction was correct apart from 4th an 5th the wrong way around, bring on them DVD`s

    1. “Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was”
      Voting because you liked the result has nothing to do with this poll.

      1. You`d have to be blind not to see it was the best race since Brazil 08, me thinks someone had a bad prediction turn out :-)

        1. Oh I concur, it was the best race all year.

          I don’t predict (here at least, I will next year though, gonna get me those DVDs).

    2. I got 4 drivers right, but in wrong positions. Had there not been the rain predictions, I’d probably predict the first two correctly.

  14. Lotus… beat Renault!! Heikki beat Petrov… that’s fantastic!! Well done Lotus! :)

    1. Yeah but it wasn’t due to pace, it was because of Petrov’s awful race.

      But Lotus is doing a great job and are ever closer to the established teams.

  15. I just realised it’s a full podium of world champions. when was the last time this happened?

    1. Not sure, I bet it’ll come up in the facts and stats post Keith will do later :)

    2. 2001 Spanish Grand Prix with Michael Schumacher winning in his Ferrari from Mika Häkkinen (McLaren) and the BAR of Jacques Villeneuve

      1. Thinking of BAR and Villeneuve actually making it to the podium! That is even more something not to expect.

        1. He did it again at that year’s German Grand Prix. 2001 was almost Villeneuve’s only good season aside from 96-97.

      2. Hakkinen retired from the lead, and Schumacher won, from Montoya who isn’t a world champion.

        1. Oh … now that I had a look into it, that’s right actually. I thought he only lost the lead not that he retired completely, my bad!

          1. I was at that race. Gutted for Mika and yes he didn’t finish, think he was classified 6th or 7th or something.

    3. I’ve looked up the last podium full of world champs and the race I have found with scenario is USA 1991. Senna winning ahead of Prost and Piquet.

  16. I would like to be the first to register my disgust at how McLaren ruined Hamilton’s race by favouring Button and making bad decisions for Lewis and wanting a white driver to win… hang on, Lewis won?! Oh, well that’s just ruined my theory that I came up with without any logic!

    Fantastic race! I wonder how many comments there will be about Vettel’s ‘bad attitude’ on the radio, seeing as when Hamilton questions the team’s advice or instructions everyone says it is the wrong thing to do?

    1. Paper Tiger
      13th June 2010, 19:05

      Translation: “I’m an idiotic troll.”

      1. Correct translation of Rob’s post: “I’m parodying the idiotic trolls who think that Mclaren Button to win because he is white.”

    2. RandomChimp
      14th June 2010, 9:57


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      1. That is a new word I will be using whenever possible from now on!

  17. Something tells me that the Canadian Grand Prix is going to be the best one we will see all year, barring a seismic 5-way title battle going into the final round, so it’s just had a 10/10 from me.

    The tyres did what they were supposed to do. The hard ones laster longer (but not too long), but were slower, the soft ones were like lightning, but as fragile as soft-scoop ice cream. Bridgestone got it spot on.

    Lots of overtaking from everyone, and even when that was done, there was re-overtaking.

    There was the stream of Schumacher incidents towards the end where his Merc seemed to be stuck in reverse gear. I’m surprised there was anything left of it in the end, the amount of people he bumped into.

    Massa proving that he couldn’t overtake the car in front without the help of a third party, and so still fails to go up in my estimations in any way. One could saw the same about Button’s move on Alonso, but they were both lapping at very similar pace, whereas Massa was clearly faster than the Force Indias.

    Right… time for some more football.

    Come on you Socceroos!

    1. Weal, Buttons a fairly competant overtaker in most situations if you ask me, prooved that last year, but it was a fairly opourtunistic pass from Button all the same, I think he had decent pace up his sleeve over Alonso at that point though, McLaren fully expected him to make the pass.

      1. Oh I agree, it was an attempt to ward off anyone suggesting that the comment was outright anti-Ferrari!

  18. The race was almost as good as the CART/ChampCar races from the late 90s. *sigh*

  19. Electrolite
    13th June 2010, 19:01

    9. Best first half of a grand prix this season, brilliant climax, lulle da bit in the middle but that was expected as the cars settled down. Dry race with no safety cars as well!

    1. Seriously, I have to say this is the ultimate example of how the refueling ban has been a triumphant sucsess, we could never have seen this with refueling.

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