Lewis Hamilton went a long ways to rectify the Monaco GP loss with a comprehensive victory in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Sunday. Having secured his 44th pole position, number 44 went on to win the race besting his teammate by a couple of seconds.
Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, put up a decent fight and remained within touch of the 2014 champion but couldn’t mount an effective challenge having had to manage his brakes and fuel load.
Certainly a win for Lewis and Nico with a 1, 2 finish for Mercedes and a redemptive performance from Lewis and his side of the garage after giving away the Monaco GP. Also a win for Valtteri Bottas who took advantage of a spin by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to finish the podium—which was the first podium for Williams this year.
A clear win for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Williams F1’s Felipe Massa, Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado and Force India’s Nico hulkenberg who finished in 5th, 6th and 7th respectively. For Vettel and Massa, it was a run through the field having started in the back of the grid to secure big points and for Maldonado for turning around his season and also hauling home points in a race in which his teammate was mired with issues. Hulkenberg had a stellar performance and ran incredibly well all weekend.
Daniel Ricciardo finished 13th while his teammate, Daniil Kvyat, claimed 9th and a points finish. Ricciardo says he’s banging his head against the wall and hasn’t forgotten how to drive—I believe him.
McLaren had a double DNF and a miserable weekend. For Fernando Alonso, he felt his race made him look like an amateur and Jenson Button couldn’t have sounded more patronizing when the team called him in to retire the car saying, “well, ok…I’m on my way in”. Miserable weekend.
It was a fail for Romain Grosjean who secured a 5-second penalty for simply slamming the door on a backmarker Will Stevens and taking his front wing off then telling the team that Stevens hit him.
I think the WTH moment has to come from McLaren who used tokens to improve their engine and only managed to make things worse.
Romain Grosjean was a WTH moment period.
Another WTH moment, for me, is how the team was telling Lewis exactly how much fuel he had and where to brake, how many meters to brake early and relayed that his teammate had brake issues. In return, when Nico Rosberg asked how he was doing on fuel, the team refused to reply with any information. WTH? The radio communication shared to Lewis is now banned, as evidenced by the refusal of the team to tell Nico any information, but it seems it was okay for the other side of the garage. I don’t like double standards. That’s why I don’t like DRS, it’s not the same for everyone as the leading car gets hosed. IF you’re not going to tell Nico any details, then don’t tell Lewis either.
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault|
|15||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault|