Technical review: Canadian Grand Prix

Posted on | Author John Beamer

Tyres, not F-ducts, provided the talking point in the Canadian Grand Prix. Guest writer John Beamer reviews the technical developments in the last round. At Montreal conventional wisdom was proven right. McLaren’s straight-line speed advantage, driven by a fully working F-duct and the Mercedes engine (worth up to 30bhp) allowed it to secure a one-two … Continue reading Technical review: Canadian Grand Prix

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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

“Can’t afford to just take points” – Hamilton

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton reckons it’s important to push for wins rather than settle for point to be competitive in the world championship this year. Speaking to his official website after his second consecutive win of the season the 2008 world champion said: It’s great to be leading the world championship, but, I have to be honest, … Continue reading “Can’t afford to just take points” – Hamilton

Schumacher “closed the door too much”

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa pointed the finger at former team mate Michael Schumacher for their collision in the Canadian Grand Prix. Massa blamed Schumacher for breaking his Ferrari’s front wing during the race: I was caught up in the accident at the first corner, sandwiched between Button and Liuzzi, which removed any chance of a clean race … Continue reading Schumacher “closed the door too much”

Alonso blames traffic for losing first and second places (Ferrari race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari’s criticism of the new teams took a twist at the Canadian Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso blamed backmarkers for losing him the race. But Felipe Massa took advantage of the lapped cars to pull off one of the best passes of the race. It proved one of few highlights in a frustrating race for … Continue reading Alonso blames traffic for losing first and second places (Ferrari race review)

Petrov’s tough race (Renault race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The difference between the Renaults was as night and day in Montreal as Vitaly Petrov endured a tough introduction to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Robert Kubica Vitaly Petrov Qualifying position 8 14 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’15.682 (-1.162) 1’16.844 Race position 7 17 Average race lap 1’21.297 (-2.606) 1’23.902 Laps 70/70 68/70 Pit stops 3 … Continue reading Petrov’s tough race (Renault race review)

Buemi leads and scores (STR race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A mixed race for the Toro Rosso duo. Buemi led for a lap and passed Michael Schumacher. But Alguersuari, who led his team mate at the start, clashed with Rubens Barrichello and finished out of the points. Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari Qualifying position 15 16 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’16.928 (-0.101) 1’17.029 Race position 8 … Continue reading Buemi leads and scores (STR race review)

No points again (Williams race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams failed to score for the third race in a row in the Canadian Grand Prix and Toro Rosso are now tied with them on points for seventh place in the constructors’ championship. Rubens Barrichello Nico H???lkenberg Qualifying position 11 12 Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’16.434 (-0.004) 1’16.438 Race position 14 13 Average race lap … Continue reading No points again (Williams race review)

“A massive step” (Lotus race review)

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The unpredictable tyre performance in Canada probably flattered Lotus a little but nonetheless this was the most convincing performance by a new team so far this year. Mike Gascoyne hailed their weekend as “a massive step forward for the whole team”. Jarno Trulli Heikki Kovalainen Qualifying position 20 19 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’18.698 (+0.461) … Continue reading “A massive step” (Lotus race review)

Another double DNF (Sauber race review)

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As Sauber’s own press release put it: “In what was a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix with great motor racing. Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa played a rather insignificant role.” Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi Qualifying position 17 18 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’17.611 (-0.408) 1’18.019 Race position Average race lap 1’24.440 (-22.768) … Continue reading Another double DNF (Sauber race review)

Set-up gamble fails (Virgin race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Virgin gambled on an aggressive low-downforce set-up at Montreal but changing track conditions and continued unreliability meant a poor race for the team. Timo Glock Lucas di Grassi Qualifying position 21 23 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’18.941 (-0.734) 1’19.675 Race position 19 Average race lap 1’25.921 (-0.838) 1’26.760 Laps 50/70 65/70 Pit stops 4 3 … Continue reading Set-up gamble fails (Virgin race review)

HRT closing on Virgin (HRT race review)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

HRT driver Bruno Senna out-qualified one of the Virgin cars while team mate Karun Chandhok led home one of the VR-01s during the race. But technical trouble continues to blight the Spanish team. Karun Chandhok Bruno Senna Qualifying position 24 22 Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’27.757 (+8.273) 1’19.484 Race position 18 Average race lap 1’25.529 … Continue reading HRT closing on Virgin (HRT race review)

Hamilton is fifth different championship leader (Canadian GP stats and facts)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

An exciting race in Canada also gave us a bumper crop of F1 stats and facts. Three champions stood on the podium for the first time since 1991, McLaren scored back-to-back one-twos for the first time since 2000 – and Rubens Barrichello logged his 15,000th racing lap. Read on for more stats and facts from … Continue reading Hamilton is fifth different championship leader (Canadian GP stats and facts)

Schumacher slumps to 11th as Rosberg takes points (Mercedes race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher’s move on Felipe Massa came under scrutiny after the Canadian Grand Prix – but the stewards rightly concluded the Mercedes driver had done nothing wrong. The same goes for his early dice with Robert Kubica, although that left him with a puncture which compromised his race. Meanwhile team mate Nico Rosberg had a … Continue reading Schumacher slumps to 11th as Rosberg takes points (Mercedes race review)