Grand Prix of Canada – Race

With HAM starting P4, it’s a good thing the Montreal circuit is one where drivers can overtake… and the addition of a third DRS zone should help with that.

Provisional grid: VET, BOT, VER, HAM, RAI, RIC, HUL, OCO, SAI, PER, MAG, HAR, LEC, ALO, VAN, GAS, STR, SIR, ERI, GRO*

*GRO failed to set a time in Qualifying as his Haas left a trail of smoke the moment he pulled out of his garage in Q1.

GAS has dropped to P19 following a penalty for an engine change [FIA]

Air temperature 20°C; track 41°C; humidity 27%

Grid: VET, BOT, VER, HAM, RAI, RIC, HUL, OCO, SAI, PER, MAG, HAR, LEC, ALO, VAN, STR, SIR, ERI, GAS, GRO

Radio for HAM pointing out some debris in front of BOT’s car (which is immediately ahead of HAM on the grid)

VET leads everyone away on the formation lap
The Toro Rosso pair are starting on hypersofts (like Red Bull); everyone else on ultrasofts
VET has a long wait on the grid
VER looks a long way forward in his grid box

01/70: VER attacks BOT into Turn 1 but BOT stays P2
STR squeezes HAR against the wall; HAR wipes out against the wall, pushes STR into the run-off area
Safety Car deployed

02[SC]: ERI and VAN pit – long stop for VAN
Replay of the start – was VAN involved in an incident before Turn 1?

03[SC]: Marshals have cleared GAS’ car; now they’re moving STR’s

04[SC]: Replay shows RIC had a good start; passed RAI before Turn 1
SC in at the end of this lap

05/70: VET, BOT, VER, HAM, RIC, RAI, OCO, HUL, SAI, LEC
PER touches wheels with SAI; PER off across Turn 1

06: VET fastest lap 1:16.945
Stewards investigating STR/HAR incident and PER/SAI incident

07: VET f/lap 1:16.315
Radio from PER whining that SAI should be black-flagged (disqualified)
No further action for STR/HAR incident

08: VET f/lap 1:15.816

10/70: VET, BOT, VER, HAM, RIC, RAI, OCO, HUL, SAI, LEC, ALO, GAS, MAG, PER, GRO, SIR, ERI, VAN
PER pits; rejoins P18

11: VET f/lap 1:15.475
Radio from HUL – “really being held up here” (by OCO)

12: OCO pits; early stop; rear jack issue; rejoins P15
No further action for PER/SAI incident

13: VET f/lap 1:15.349
BOT now 4sec behind VET

14: HUL pits; front left tyre was a bit slow going on; rejoins P13, ahead of OCO

15/70: SAI pits; rejoins ahead of OCO too

16: RIC closing on HAM

17: VER and HAM pit; both switch to supersoft tyres; rejoin P5 and P6, ahead of LEC

18: VET f/lap 1:15.210
RIC pits; supersofts; rejoins between VER and HAM

19: ALO pits
Radio for VET – “we are on Plan B”

20/70: VET, BOT, RAI, VER, RIC, HAM, LEC, GAS, MAG, GRO, HUL, SAI, OCO, ALO, SIR, ERI, PER, VAN; retirements: STR, HAR

24: Radio for HAM – “Still unsafe to RAI” (i.e. when RAI pits, he might rejoin ahead of HAM) – replied “Nothing I can do right now”

25/70: HUL blasts past GRO thanks to DRS; takes P7

26: SAI replicates his teammate’s move to pass GRO for P8

29: Apparently HAM’s mechanics opened some additional cooling vents in his pit stop

30/70: VET f/lap 1:15.059
VET, BOT, RAI, VER, RIC, HAM, HUL, SAI, GRO, OCO, ALO, LEC, GAS, PER, MAG, VAN, ERI, SIR
OCO attacking GRO for P9

31: Radio from HAM asking why he pitted so early; told it was to address the cooling issue

32: VET, BOT, RAI and GRO yet to pit

33: RAI pits; rejoins just behind HAM who was slowed by SIR

35/70: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, GRO, OCO
RAI f/lap 1:15.026

37: BOT pits; new supersofts; rejoins still P2
Radio for VET telling him to box now

38: VET pits; rejoins still P1

39: BOT f/lap 1:14.512

40/70: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, GRO, OCO, ALO, LEC, GAS, PER, MAG, VAN, ERI, SIR

41: VET f/lap 1:14.163
Radio for RAI telling him to ignore the warnings about his brakes

42: Radio for ALO telling him they need to retire the car

43: ALO pits, pushed into the garage

45/70: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, GRO, OCO, LEC, GAS, PER, MAG, VAN, ERI, SIR; retirements: ALO, STR, HAR

49: SAI locks up into the final chicane but avoids the wall

50: OCO passed GRO as they approached the final chicane but GRO was pitting, which means OCO braked for the corner but GRO almost ran into the back of him as the braking point for the pits is further down the road

52: BOT f/lap 1:13.992

53: Stewards say OCO/GRO won’t be investigated

55/70: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, OCO, LEC, GAS, GRO, MAG, PER, ERI, VAN, SIR
HAM closing on RIC

56: BOT locks up and cuts across Turn 1

58: VET f/lap 1:13.964

60/70: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, OCO, LEC, GAS, GRO, MAG, PER, ERI, VAN, SIR; retirements: ALO, STR, HAR

61: GRO within striking distance of GAS

63: HAM close enough to RIC to get DRS

65/70: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, OCO, LEC

66: VER f/lap 1:13.864
Radio for HAM telling him “HPP1 to setting 1 will give you everything”

67: RIC slowed up briefly by a backmarker

70: Chequered flag waved too soon!
RIC f/lap 1:13.839

VET takes the “proper” chequered flag – his 50th victory

Provisional result: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, RAI, HUL, SAI, OCO, LEC; GAS, GRO, PER, MAG, ERI, VAN, SIR
DNF: ALO, STR, HAR

5 Replies to “Grand Prix of Canada – Race”

  1. “The FIA’s race director, Charlie Whiting, has explained the cause of the chequered flag being inadvertently waved before the end of the Canadian Grand Prix.” … “The chequered flag was shown a lap early because there was a miscommunication between the start platform and the guy that they call the starter, the guy that starts and finishes the races,” FIA race director Charlie Whiting told reporters. “He thought it was the last lap, he asked race control to confirm it and they confirmed it.”
    https://www.pitpass.com/62018/FIAs-Charlie-Whiting-clarifies-chequered-flag-error

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