Felipe Massa, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

Rate the race: 2014 Canadian Grand Prix

2014 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix out of ten

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  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey)
    8th June 2014, 20:43


    I need immediate medical assistance after watching that race.

    Formula 1 is the most incredible sport in the world.

    1. As an Aussie, I think I woke the whole neighborhood screaming at the TV at 5:30am..
      11/10 for me. Amazing race, what a brilliant sport!

      1. Good one! I think it was worth it for them :-)

      2. They needed to know!!!

      3. I’m so happy for Ricciardo, seems like a genuinely nice guy.

        They should make the Mercedes run without ERS for half a race again, turned that race into the best race of the season.

      4. PERTHection 10/10

    2. Great race. Two things I’ve learned today:

      1. Daniel Ricciardo is already a better driver than Mark Webber has ever been (Yes, I’m not jumping to conclusions!)

      2. Lewis Hamilton loves double points!

      1. Ric is better than web maybe by a little bit. He is also getting the treatment webber never had. So that goes long ways. Just look at vettel the other side of the coin sucks. Ric did not deserve this win.

        1. Why would you say he didn’t deserve it? Because of reliability issues from Mercedes?

      2. You cannot compare the two. Although in the same team, very different situations.

      3. @jcost veeeeeeeeery different situations for comparision..

        1. In fairness we can’t compare Senna to Vettel, Hamilton or whoever but we do this all the time… @fer-no65 @xtwl

          Let’s be real, comparison are difficult in any sport and it’s even harder in F1 but bearing this in mind I still see more in Dan Ricciardo than I’ve ever seem in Mark. He qualifies better, gets “off the blocks” better, pushes Seb harder… sorry guys.

          1. @jcost Mind, Ricciardo is entering the prime of his career. Mark was maybe even already past that once Red Bull got a good car. And he wasn’t the raising star with nothing to lose on the team…

            He might be better, but it’s too early to say, I think…

      4. invisiblekid
        8th June 2014, 22:11

        LOL at the second thing you learnt today.

        Given how closely matched they are (and they are) it looks as though double points could decide it…..maybe.

        in the situation Merc are in, 2 DNF’s will prove very costly for Lewis, and neither his fault.

      5. @jcost, certainly Ric is proving to be better now than Web last year, but better than Webbo ever was may be a stretch, Ric never did anything in a Torro Rosso that Webber didn’t do in a Minardi, had Webber gone to the right team earlier in his career he might have had similar success, that said Ricciardo is looking like a star in the making right now.

    3. +1..incredible!

    4. Well said, that was an absolute cracker of a race. The best of the season so far.

    5. As a fan of Force India, I was disappointed with Checo’s crash, so I voted the race 9. :P But overall, with Mercedes not winning, it was EPIC. More than even the Bahrain GP.

      1. I voted 9 because the crash kind of ruined the ending. otherwise, truly awesome. one little annoyance was the director constantly cutting to useless shots of the crowd – crowd shots are good, but not if you’re missing action.

  2. I can’t seem to vote but 10/10

    Drama, Strategy, none Mercedes car winning.

    That had everything.

    1. @zantkiller @jackal40 @philereid @cocaine-mackeine

      Apologies, this has been fixed now.

      1. I never vote on the Rate the Race poll. I am too aware that my preferences skew my viewpoint.

  3. A 9. But I’m slightly biased :-)

    1. Well we lost the first 10% of the race to the safety car so 9 may be the maximum we should give it anyway…

  4. It’s a shame that we can give this race an 11.

    1. “Can’t”.
      It’s difficult to type properly after those last 25 laps……

    2. This is one of those races i save the 10 point score for, every other time it’s a 9 tops!

  5. If this isn’t a 10 i don’t know what is.

    1. *cough* Hamilton winning, Rosberg not *cough*

      1. Paragrapth 2: “Please vote based on how entertaining and exciting you thought the race was, not on how your preferred driver or team performed.”

        1. @austus, For me it matters what drivers are on the podium to make a race good. In the end I don’t care since my favourite isn’t driving anymore but I do keep in account how they got there.

          1. Please don’t vote then

    2. Nope. Still was a DRS pass for the lead. And Hamilton on Vettel after the start was also a DRS one.

    3. I gave it an 8. I didn’t think the racing was quite at the same level as Bahrain (I wasn’t hyperventilating this time). I’m very happy for Ricciardo but had Mercedes not had problems no-one else would be close to taking it to them. The racing between Hamilton and Rosberg was momentarily interesting but they were both having difficulties by then and it wasn’t so much racing as capitalizing on mistakes and mechanical issues. Still, a very good race.

      1. So you prefer the Mercs just leaving the rest of the field in their dust and then you would call it a good race? You have to be kidding. Lets hope that the rest of the field catch up to the Mercs because only then we will see great to exceptional racing (like the Canadian GP) and not the ordinary 2 drivers that would not even get a podium if they won’t driving the Mercs e.g. put Nico and Lewis in the RB”s or the Ferraris and then see where they would end up, no where.

  6. 10/10 superb! Shame for Felipe and Checo :/

    1. Checo had brake problems and Massa misjudged his approach but both had done a brilliant drive and deserved a different finish.

      1. Yes, I think (being a little biased) massa deserved to finish ahead of Perez, and it was just an unfortunate quirk of DRS that led to Massa misjudging it. Obviously it was Massa’s fault, but having had the chance to get at least a podium from the race, he was probably a little too hasty to get past, another lap and he could have got him on the line.

      2. I think Massa had a car and strategy which was capable of winning this race, he didn’t win and regardless of where the blame lay for his collision I think Massa’s drive was poor – a better driver in his car would have won the race.

        Brilliant drive by Checo though, I was surprised the team didn’t keep him out longer in his first stint, given that Hulkenberg was doing a good job at holding back his competitors meaning there was no risk coming from behind him and the longer he could go the easier the end of the race would have been for him.

        1. @jerseyf1 I think Checo was the key. If Dan managed to clear him earlier I think both Seb and Massa would give Rosberg a run for his money. But you’re right, Massa should have made better use of his 10 laps younger tyres and his straight line speed despite everybody in front making use of their “straightforward overtake device” (a.k.a DRS).

        2. I agree – Massa should have done much better. He had better tyres and the fastest top speed, and flew up to the back of the lead pack of 4 between lap 58 and 62. He had a strong chance to win that race, and he blew it. As a Williams fan, he was very disappointing. Especially not using using DRS when he’d finally set up a move on Vettel on lap 64. It seemed like he opened it and then shut it again. Very strange.

          He should have scored a podium as a minimum. Those are some very valuable points that have been squandered.

          1. Massa once again proved his a poor F1 race driver. Not only on his lousy overtaking abilities but also on his inability to drive correctly behind a car that was already known it had brake issues.

  7. SOOOOO DISSAPOINTING RESULT !!! Other than that 10/10

  8. Can’t vote either, 9/10.
    So sad to see so many cars fall out of the race, reliability seemed to have been almost non-existent today.

    1. none existent , merc lost some places because of reliability k …

    2. Paul (@frankjaeger)
      9th June 2014, 0:44

      The field was hemmed by reliability? Brakes, loss of power, ERS ect.

      I gave it a 9/10, was absolutely brilliant

    3. Great, wasn’t it.

  9. See the Massa/Perez incident, my first though was brake failure for Massa. Odd crash.

    1. Yes, I too thought that his brakes had gone. Looks as if they didn’t though.

    2. I think it was just the speed difference between a Williams with DRS and a slower Force India without DRS, that’s probably about 30 or more MPH difference, and maybe Perez got on the brakes early to save his brakes, not expecting a charge from Massa, exacerbating the problem. I could be completely wrong though the BBC didn’t show the replay that many times.

    3. Perez came across to the middle of the track and I guess braked earlier than Massa expected, some blame on both sides I think

      1. @george
        watch this its looks like massa fault

        1. @smnokinjoe
          No, you can see Perez come across slightly at the last moment, it’s only about half a car’s width but that was where Massa was going to put his car.

        2. Yes, but ignore Massa for a second and watch Perez start to drift left off the racing line? Why was he moving to the left when he clearly had to swing wide right for that turn to be on the racing line?
          I think Massa clearly expected him to follow Vettel wide right as he got online for that left turn.

        3. Massa was desperate to overtake Perez as he was approaching the corner (and Perez couldn’t do anything, he didn’t even know what hit him) as the laps were running out and he went in too deep on the inside and couldn’t brake and collided with Perez, very amateurish move and it should be reprimanded by the stewards because that was dangerous and could have cost lives.

      2. @george and @daved are right, hence the FIA penalty.

      3. @george
        the middle of the track ? huh !
        lucky to be a cars width from the right hand Grass …


  10. 10/10

    Can’t vote, but that’s easily one of the best races I’ve ever seen. Fantastic! It just had everything.

  11. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    8th June 2014, 20:46

    Awesome race! 8/10

    Loved the moment between Vettel and Ricciardo in Parc Ferme. Great sportsmanship!

    1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      8th June 2014, 20:57

      Very bummed that Lewis drew the short end of the stick in terms of reliability yet again. I know Rosberg had the same problem but sheesh, it’s just so unlucky.

      If he didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all.

      1. And that’s why you only rate 8/10?

        1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
          9th June 2014, 2:19

          No, Lewis retiring had no impact on my rating of the race.

          8/10 is a very good rating.
          10/10 is the Brazilian GP.

          Don’t come at me saying “only 8/10”. Pfft.

          1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
            9th June 2014, 2:20

            *2012 Brazilian GP that is.

      2. Yes exactly, had results gone his way, Lewis may not have made the mistake he did, and then got pole, leading to a fairly straight forward race, with Rosberg drawing the short stick. But, I’m sure Rosberg will receive the bad luck he is owed soon.

      3. @tophercheese21 That sentence can only be used for MW. Luck and Hamilton basically go hand in hand. It’s bound to go wrong at some points. Rosberg will get his failures.

      4. Bad Luck again… well maybe it’s not only the bad luck. They mentioned during the race that Rosberg has set his brakes more towards fronts and Lewis the opposite. that could a big cnributor. Also Lewis is more aggressive on the brakes so in my view it wasn’t just the bad luck, rather the driver and a bit hard driving.

        1. For me it’s still the car’s fault, not the driver’s.

          1. Lewis was well aware that his car had problems.
            I think if he asked his engineer “Should I make a desperate late braking manoeuvre to get past Nico?” his engineer would have said “Nope”.

  12. Crazy race, but highly enjoyable.

    Big congrats to Ricciardo, it’s always great to witness a maiden victory.

    I’m glad Massa and Perez appear to be okay, that accident looked extremely scary live.

  13. Even without visuals it was exciting. (Followed on Live Timing and text commentary.)

  14. UnitedKingdomRacing (@unitedkingdomracing)
    8th June 2014, 20:47

    Although i’m not happy about Hamilton and the points Rosberg gained. This above Bahrain was the race of the season 10/10!

    1. @unitedkingdomracing I don’t know if Lewis will be able to win WDC, but if does luck certainly will not be a factor… he did enough to get in front of Nico (and actually did twice :) ) tough luck…

      1. I wonder if his brake failure was down to luck. Canada is remarkably tough and Hamilton is a late breaker. I’m inclined to believe Hamilton might have ruined his brakes.

        1. Rosberg’s team radio did say Hamilton was running with more rear brake bias

        2. @austus

          Apparently chasing Rosberg hurt his brakes, overheating.


    2. I gave it a 1. Another race where the winner was decided by the team. Ric had no right for the 1st place. Red bull gave him that strategy followed by team orders for vettel not to pressure or attack him.

      1. @f1andy83 I’m a Vettel fan, but if the team orders that it’s because they manage telemetry data and they know what is going on… even Vettel didn’t look angry, so why are you so into it? Move on, it was a great race.

      2. @f1andy83 Surely that great overtake round the outside of turn 1 gave him some right to 1st place!

        Also, with regards to vettel being told not to attack Ric. We’ve seen in the past with Vettel that if there’s a race win on the cards he’s passing his teammate whatever the team say. If he could have passed Ric, he would have done it.

        1. They mentioned after the race that the RIC pass for 2nd in turn 1 only happened because Perez had to reset something on his car down the straight.

      3. @f1andy83 a 1? Really? That was a very enjoyable race. Even if your preferred driver didn’t win, you’re going to give a score of 1 to a race with a surfeit of action, plenty of overtakes and a brand new winner and a team other than Mercedes taking the win? Hardly reasonable. Maybe you felt you needed to somehow balance out all the people giving it 10/10?

  15. I cannot rate. As a mexican that was just….. devastating. I was praying for a victory, but only we get a massive accident. It’s so difficult to put a 10. After this….. Best since Bahrain, a thriller, devasting and emotional race. It’s the most emotional race I’ve seen…… screw Perez this a Big, Wonderful 10.

    1. Now that is a vote that you know is honest. Perez was looking so good. Just didn’t have the car t do it. So close.

      1. At the beginning of the the season i thought hulk gonna smash perez this year …but this was the awesome drive irrespective of the result …perez can race

        1. I don’t know why the Hulk opted for this unorthodox strategy. Whenever he and his team try to outwit the field, they fail and don’t even get close to the podium. All he shold’ve had to do is start on ssoft and do what Checo did, what was indeed impressive, btw.

          1. @skiz

            FI chose to split their strategies, 1 stop for both but SS-Soft for Perez compared to Soft-SS for Hulk (exactly as they did last year i think). I think part of the reason it worked so well for Perez was the early safety car allowing him to extend his SS stint. His advantage to Hulk would have been less in the end if not for the safety car, so a fair enough gamble for both i would say given they both started outside the top 10.

  16. Go on Danny Ric! Superb job, he has been top class all season so far. Vettel must be kicking himself privately, Ricciardo got the move done past Perez where Seb couldn’t earlier in the race. Fair play to him though, he was very congratulatory in parc ferme to Ricciardo. I gave it a 9 only because I think Bahrain was slightly better and I gave that a 10.

    1. Ricciardo got the move done past Perez where Seb couldn’t earlier in the race.

      Vettel didn’t have the benefit of Perez’s brakes starting to fail.

      Red Bull gifted Ricciardo that race by giving Vettel an odd strategy & pitting him earlier than they needed to which left him in traffic.

      Clearly Red Bull are favoring the new guy…. sarcasm ;)

      1. True Ricciardo had the good fortune that Perez’s brakes were going. It’s not really a criticism of Vettel, the Red Bull clearly doesn’t have the speed of the Force India down the straight. It’s just that time stuck behind Checo gave Ricciardo the track position. Without it that could quite easily have been Vettel overtaking Rosberg at the end.

    2. Sorry getting confused, it was Hulkenberg Vettel was stuck behind for a long time.

    3. @debaser91 neither one could overtake on his own merit, only Perez’ failing breaks and old tires enabled both to overtake. The only thing he could kick himself a bit is RBRs strategy which was a bit sub-optimal for both.

  17. 10/10. Can’t ask for anything more

  18. 10/10 from a Hamilton fan.


    I feel super sorry for Pérez though. He had a good handful of points taken from him unfortunately.

  19. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair)
    8th June 2014, 20:48

    10/10! Unfortunate for Hamilton, but it had everything. Crashes, safety cars, overtaking, non Mercedes AMG winner!
    Dissapointing from Mercedes, let their drivers down. Rosberg got so lucky by finishing 2nd.

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