Grand Prix of Canada – Race

Sainz will get a 5 grid spot penalty after Toro Rosso changed the gearbox on his car as part of the rebuild following him hitting the Wall Of Champions in Q2 yesterday. [FIA]

That same FIA post says “Kevin Magnussen is expected to start the race from the pit lane after Renault had his car re-scrutineered this morning following the Dane’s FP3 crash which prevented him participating in qualifying.”

After Qualifying, the provisional grid was: HAM, ROS, VET, RIC, VES, RAI, BOT, MAS, HUL, ALO, PER, BUT, KVY*, GUT, GRO, SAI*, PAL, WEH, ERI*, NAS, HAR, MAG
*KVY and ERI will each have a 3 grid spot penalty applied
*SAI’s 5 spot penalty to be applied

30 minutes until the start of the race
Spots of rain on the camera lens; forecasts are for significant rain (not just drizzle) during the race
Tail wind down the main straight could make the Wall of Champions even more challenging

Cooler temps means it’ll be harder than usual to get the tyres working
Air temperature 12°C; track 23°C

Drivers are trying to keep warm as their cars sit on the dummy grid
ALO and PER arrive late for the anthem

Grid: HAM, ROS, VET, RIC, VES, RAI, BOT, MAS, HUL, ALO, PER, BUT, GUT, GRO, KVY, PAL, WEH, NAS, HAR, SAI, ERI, MAG

Grid begins to clear
Still only a few spots of rain, so expect everyone to start on slicks
Top 10 will of course start on the same tyres on which they set their fastest time in Q2 yesterday, which means ultrasofts for all
Further down the grid, looks like mostly ultrasofts (purple) except BUT & HAR on supersoft (red) and PER & MAG on soft (yellow)

HAM leads everyone away on the formation lap
Everyone weaving to try to warm their tyres
HAM arrives back at the start line as the last of the team mechanics are still clearing their equipment off the track!
HAM lines up pointing right, toward the first turn

01/70: Amazing start from VET – leads into Turn 1
ROS has to cut the turn; drops to P9
RAI looking to make a move on RIC

02: VET, HAM, VES, RIC, RAI, BOT, MAS, ALO, HUL, ROS, BUT, PER, GUT, KVY, GRO, SAI, WEH, PAL, ERI, MAG, HAR, NAS

03: VET fastest lap 1:19.041
DRS enabled
ROS uses the Mercedes power to pass ALO

04: VET f/lap 1:18.331
HAM f/lap 1:18.330
Replay of the start shows VET’s lightning start

05/70: VET, HAM, VES, RIC, RAI, BOT, MAS, HUL, ROS, ALO
HAM f/lap 1:17.

06: VET f/lap 1:17.677
HAM f/lap 1:17.400
VES had a slow lap (1:19.125) – did he make a mistake?

07: HAM f/lap 1:17.326
Replay shows MAG made contact with NAS on lap 1, spinning NAS

08: ROS cuts the final chicane

09: VET has opened 1.3sec gap over HAM

10/70: VET, HAM, VES, RIC, RAI, BOT, MAS, HUL, ROS, ALO, BUT, PER, GRO
NAS pits
Radio for VES – “do not hold RIC up please”

11: BUT pulls off track – engine failure?
Virtual Safety Car deployed
Marshals quick to push the McLaren behind the wall

12[VSC]: VET pits; supersoft tyres – must be 2-stopping because everyone has to run softs
VSC ends
RAI pits too – supersofts as well
DRS enabled
WEH pits; goes to ultrasofts

14: SAI and GUT pit

15/70: HAM, VES, RIC, VET, BOT, MAS, ROS, HUL, ALO, PER, GRO, KVY, SAI…
RIC still stuck behind teammate VES

16: VET closing on RIC

17: VET all over the rear of RIC
VET dives inside RIC into the hairpin; takes P3

18: ALO, GRO, KVY all pit
VET already on the tail of VES
VES takes P2 before the final turn
PAL has retired his Renault

19: RAI takes P9 from PER

20/70: HAM, VET, VES, RIC, BOT, MAS, ROS, HUL, RAI, PER

21: VES pits from P3; takes on softs; rejoins P8, just ahead of RAI

22: RIC pits from P3; softs
ROS pits too, followed by HUL

23: HAM runs a little wide in the hairpin
MAS pits

24: VET f/lap 1:17.185
ROS f/lap 1:16.868
BOT pits

25/70: HAM pits; softs; rejoins P2
ROS takes P7 from PER

26: VET leads by 13secs

28: PER and MAG only runners yet to pit; they both started on softs

30/70: VET, HAM, VES, RAI, RIC, BOT, ROS, PER, MAS, HUL, SAI, GRO, KVY, ALO, GUT, MAG, WEH, ERI, NAS, HAR; retirements: PAL, BUT
Radio from VET – “get this traffic out of the way!”

31: PER pits; supersofts

32: ROS f/lap 1:16.867
ROS all over the rear of BOT

34: RAI pits from P4; softs; rejoins P8

35/70: VET, HAM, VES, RIC, BOT, ROS, MAS, RAI, HUL, SAI
VET’s lead just over 10secs; he has to pit again but we don’t know about HAM

37: HAM f/lap 1:16.791
MAS pits and retires

38: VET pits; softs; rejoins P2 but back in traffic
RIC locks up into the final turn; has to use the escape road; BOT passes him to take P4

39: RIC pits; more softs; slow front right change

40/70: HAM, VET, VES, BOT, ROS, RAI, RIC, HUL, SAI, PER

41: VET lapping about 0.5sec faster than HAM

42: VET f/lap 1:16.631
HAM’s lead down to 7secs

44: VET f/lap 1:16.573
Radio from VET – getting frustrated behind back markers

45/70: HAM, VET, VES, BOT, ROS, RAI, RIC, HUL, SAI, PER

46: VET f/lap 1:16.546
Radio from ROS – “give me more information because if all the stuff on my wheel”; team confirm warnings are real

47: VES pits from P3; ultrasofts; rejoins P5
PER pits too

48: HAM’s lead down to under 6secs
Big lockup from GRO

49: Radio from GRO asking “Did I lose anything” (e.g. damage his front wing) when he ran wide

50/70: HAM, VET, BOT, ROS, VES, RAI, RIC, HUL, SAI, ALO
VET f/lap 1:16.429
VES f/lap 1:16.319

51: ROS closing on BOT
Radio for ROS – slow puncture; box

52: ROS pits; softs; rejoins P7

53: RIC harrying RAI for P5

54: ROS f/lap 1:15.972

55/70: HAM, VET, BOT, VES, RAI, RIC, ROS, HUL, SAI, PER
ROS inside RIC at the final turn for P6

56: HAM leads by 4.3secs
GUT weaving, trying to get more temp in his tyres!
VET locks up, cuts the final chicane

57: HAM’s lead nearly 6sec thanks to VET’s mistake
ROS lining up RAI

58: ROS outbrakes RAI into the final turn; takes P5

60/70: HAM, VET, BOT, VES, ROS, RAI, RIC, HUL, SAI, PER, ALO, KVY, GUT, GRO, ERI, MAG, WEH, NAS, HAR
ROS f/lap 1:15.843

61: ROS f/lap 1:15.599
ROS almost 2sec/lap quicker than VES, so ROS should be able to take P4
VET locks up and cuts the final turn again

63: VES defends as ROS attacks on the final straight

64: Radio from ALO asking if he can give up and retire the car! (He’s just lost P12 to KVY)

65/70: HAM, VET, BOT, VES, ROS, RAI, RIC, HUL, SAI, PER

66: ROS locks up as he tries to close on VES again

68 = 3 laps remaining: Radio from RAI – “what the (bleep) is that Manor doing?”

69: HAM and VET continue posting personal fastest laps
ROS tries to pass VES into the final turn; locks up, spins, recovers

70/70: HAM takes the chequered flag
HAM’s 5th victory in Montreal, including his first ever F1 win in 2007

Provisional result: HAM, VET, BOT, VES, ROS, RAI, RIC, HUL, SAI, PER; ALO, KVY, GUT, GRO, ERI, MAG, WEH, NAS, HAR
DNF: MAS, PAL, BUT

Radio from HAM “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee; that was for Muhammad Ali”
A little fancy footwork as HAM shuffles for the cameras in parc ferme

VET said he had to avoid seagulls at the start
HAM complained of lots of understeer into Turn 1
HAM tells VET “I enjoyed hunting you down”

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