Canadian Grand Prix was best race since Brazil 2008, F1 Fanatic readers say

The race leaders battle for position in Montreal

The race leaders battle for position in Montreal

Just how good was Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix? According to F1 Fanatic readers it was the best race since the epic championship showdown at Interlagos two years ago.

Now Bridgestone is looking into what lessons it can learn from the race to help produce more exciting Grands Prix over the rest of the season. But the power to do that doesn’t rest entirely in its hands.

The Canadian Grand Prix received an average score of 8.668 out of ten in our regular ‘rate the race’ poll answered by over 3,000 readers. Since the start of 2008, only the championship finale at that year’s Brazilian Grand Prix received a higher rating.

Three of the top four races as rated since the beginning of 2008 were all from this season:

1. 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix – 8.756
2. 2010 Canadian Grand Prix – 8.668
3. 2010 Australian Grand Prix – 8.638
4. 2010 Chinese Grand Prix – 8.326

Of course, two of those were affected by rain. But the dry Turkish Grand Prix also scored highly and is ranked ninth. This is very encouraging after the poor season opener in Bahrain.

According to Autosport, Bridgestone is now looking into whether they can bring their super-soft tyres to more races this year which they hope will promote more exciting racing without compromising safety.

But the super-soft tyres were also used at the Bahrain Grand Prix – which was as dreary a race I’ve ever seen. They can’t be the only reason why Sunday’s race was so good.

What made Canada a cracker was not just that the tyres didn’t last as long as usual, but that their performance was so unpredictable. The likes of Red Bull, who started the race on the medium tyres, expected them to out-last the super-softs at the start of the race far longer than they did.

Teams have such a wealth of data on tyre performance that, ordinarily, they can predict exactly how a compound is going to perform and degrade. Changes to the track surface at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, overnight rain on Friday and varying temperatures all played a role on turning Sunday strategy into a guessing game.

The same tyres will be used at Valencia for the European Grand Prix next weekend. Will we see as good a race there? Adrian Sutil doesn’t think so, because they believe they understand how the tyres will work there:

Montreal was a fantastic race for everybody, good for everyone to look at it. But Valencia is not such a chaotic race because the tyres work really well there. Montreal was just dominated by the tyres, which was why so much overtaking was possible. It was the situation of the whole weekend.
Adrian Sutil

This is not to say that Bridgestone shouldn’t bring softer tyres whenever it can to future races – they definitely should.

But an unpredictable track surface, and a circuit configuration that both reduced the harmful affects of turbulence on a chasing car and increased the chance of the leaders catching traffic also contributed to the great race we saw on Sunday.

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121 comments on Canadian Grand Prix was best race since Brazil 2008, F1 Fanatic readers say

  1. bwells said on 19th June 2010, 0:07

    This was an amazing race on all accounts… I was fortunate enough for this to be my first GP I was able to attend.. where do I go from there?… lol… I was overlooking Senna Corner and it was thrilling watching the over takes… seeing Alonzo and Hamilton leaving the pits side by side coming right at me was amazing… I’m just glad that Alonzo had the inside line.. :) I’ve been an F1 fan for many years and now the bug to see it live is the size of a sand beetle!!
    I plan of it being a yearly adventure for sure.. :)

  2. explosiva said on 19th June 2010, 4:01

    Resurface all the tracks w/ the Canadian compound! That might go some way to make tire performance more marginal.

  3. this was a crazy race !

  4. DaveW said on 21st June 2010, 1:37

    Since we’ve moved on to bias, I think its worth noting a simple reason why so many of the great races involved L. Hamilton and his team. He has an astonishing podium strike-rate (31 out of 60 races). The odds of him being in the middle of a great scrap since then are much higher than for other current greats like Alonso, Button, Massa. He also tends to generate a healthy frisson through brilliant driving, cringe-worthy mistakes, and sometimes both. Look at Hockenheim or Brazil—he makes it interesting even when its not necessary.

    Anyway, why is it so important that Keith constantly show that he has no bias? Different views are what the comments are for; Keith has his own view. If it’s pro-English, and it may be, then bully for him. This is not public media.

    Re: Canada, let me say I was not too amused by the fact that tires determined the race. The tires were not “unpredictable” to me. It was obvious how long options would last, it was obvious that there would be two stops becuase the primes were also too soft. The fact that certain teams, RBR and Mercedes, didn’t get it, made it interesting, yes. But the way the tires made the race was that the drivers had to preserve them like, wait for it, fuel. This reminded me of one of those old CART oval races where the racing is done as much with the mixture knob as the steering wheel. Or more like a Group C race where there was a maximum volume of fuel allowed. There was not great division of skill in regards to maintaining the tires; they had to pussy-foot around most of the time to make the schedule. I want to see the drivers going all out at some point in the race. Refueling ban racing is much like the old way, but with quicker pit stops.

    It still gets a 9 because when have you seen 3 WDCs dicing during a race?

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