The Canadian Grand Prix, race#7 season 2019 once again this year, in Montréal can claim to have been one of the most spectacular of the season.
And it wasn’t just down to the efforts of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel who treated us to a great tussle starting with a thrilling qualifying battle on Saturday and then a truly edge-
The large crowd of 307,000 from Thursday to Sunday did their bit too, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and in the city centre, creating a unique atmosphere, which is always a feature of this event.
Thanks too, to race promoter François Dumontier, the city of Montréal and the state government of Quebec, and all those who worked so hard to build a really practical and state-
If this race is one of the most popular with the teams, it’s also down to the people who work at the track.
Without taking anything away from Lewis Hamilton -
The Ferrari drivers produced a brilliant pole lap after a fantastic duel with his main rival.
On Sunday, he got off the line well, comfortably controlled the first stint on mediums tyres, but then seemed to suffer when both he and Hamilton moved to a hard compound that seemed to suit the Mercedes better on the day.
Then, on lap 48, he made his only mistake of the weekend. He was given a five-
This penalty : The disappointment and frustration Vettel felt and is still feeling, as he feels he was robbed of a deserved win.
However an important thing from the weekend, though, is that the fans saw a vintage Vettel performance, which has perhaps been absent since last year’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Ferrari was in fine form in Montréal, so it was essential that they could count on a driver of the class and talent of Sebastian being at the top of his game, and that was the case this weekend.
Montréal was also the Renault team’s best weekend of the year !
Both the works cars and both Renault-
On Sunday they had two drivers in the points. After a tough time, it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel for the French marque, although there is still a significant gap in performance terms to the top three teams.
Ricciardo eventually finished in sixth place, with Hulkenberg seventh, but they were both lapped. Formula 1 needs the teams to be more closely matched – something we are working on as we head into the final stages of producing regulations for 2021 and beyond – but in the meantime it’s great to see that a prestigious manufacturer squad such as Renault is beginning to see some reward for all its effort.
Ricciardo’s fourth place in qualifying is definitely a good sign, and a good race performance from the Australian – in which he treated us to a great but all too brief battle with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas – and from his German team-
We now head to the french team’s home race#8 at Paul Ricard-
Canadian GP, Montreal 2019 -
ResultsFinal Pos Driver Time Pts
1 L. Hamilton Mercedes·#44 1:29:07.084 25
2 S. Vettel Ferrari·#5 +3.658s 18
3 C. Leclerc Ferrari·#16 +4.696s 15
4 V. Bottas Mercedes·#77 +51.043s 13
5 M. Verstappen Aston Martin Red Bull·#33 +57.655s 10
6 D. Ricciardo Renault·#3 +1 Lap 8
7 N. Hülkenberg Renault·#27 +1 Lap 6
8 P. Gasly Red Bull·#10 +1 Lap 4
9 L. Stroll Racing Point·#18 +1 Lap 2
10 D. Kvyat Toro Rosso·#26 +1 Lap 1
11 C. Sainz Jr. McLaren·#55 +1 Lap 0
12 S. Pérez Racing Point·#11 +1 Lap 0
13 A. Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo·#99 +1 Lap 0
14 R. Grosjean Haas·#8 +1 Lap 0
15 K. Räikkönen Alfa Romeo·#7 +1 Lap 0
16 G. Russell Williams·#63 +2 Laps 0
17 K. Magnussen Haas·#20 +2 Laps 0
18 R. Kubica Williams·#88 +3 Laps 0
19 A. Albon Toro Rosso·#23 DNF 0
20 L. Norris McLaren·#4 DNF 0
Fotos: copyright Scudería Ferrari and Mercedes AMG Petronas -