June 11th, 2013 (F1plus/R Baillie).- The Canadian Grand Prix threw up some real surprises from Sebastian Vettel’s undeniable dominance around a circuit, which the Red Bull’s have always struggled at, to Paul di Resta and the Marussia’s brilliant tyre management. So let’s review each driver’s performance at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The current World Champion finally managed to conquer Canada following a dominant and unstoppable performance. The young German lead the race from lights out and managed to pull out a huge lead straight away and finished the race 14.4 seconds ahead of second place man Fernando Alonso.
Sebastian Vettel’s performance in Canada must be slightly unnerving for his rivals, especially as he strolled away with the win at a track the Red Bulls traditionally struggle with.
Fernando Alonso - Ferrari
Fernando Alonso appeared to return to fighting form around the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve following a strangely uncompetitive race in Monaco a couple of weeks ago.
He had a brilliant start off the line and managed to take fifth place by the end of the first lap and managed to take second place from Hamilton during the last few laps of the race.
Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
Try as he might there was absolutely nothing Lewis Hamilton could do throughout the entire race to take the win from Sebastian Vettel, though he should still be pleased with a third place finish.
Mercedes have been struggling with race pace for most of the year, however Hamilton seems to have found it despite suffering with a brake issue throughout the race.
Hamilton will probably be feeling slightly more confident as he heads into his home grand prix that his car is looking quite competitive once again.
Mark Webber - Red Bull Racing-Renault
Mark Webber got off the line well in Canada and as he promised Sky F1’s Martin Brundle, managed to pass Valtteri Bottas within the first few corners. Unfortunately the Australian didn’t seem to have quite the same pace as his teammate, which wasn’t helped with Giedo van der Garde bizarrely crashed into him at the hairpin knocking off part of Webber’s front wing end plate. This didn’t seem to do his race too much damage though as he finished in fourth place.
Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
After winning in Monaco Nico Rosberg was probably hoping for more than a fifth place finish in Canada. Mercedes were aiming for a one-stop race with Rosberg being told on lap 33 just after his first pit stop that he would need to go to the end of the race on his current tyres. Unfortunately that didn’t quite work out as planned and he was forced to pit again on lap 58 though the German had managed to pull out a big gap to Jean-Eric Vergne meaning he had a ‘free pitstop’ and was still able to finish in fifth place.
Jean-Eric Vergne earned his best result ever in F1. (Getty / Red Bull)
Jean-Eric Vergne - STR-Ferrari
Over the past couple of races Jean-Eric Vergne has been showing his true pace and the pace of the car, perhaps in a bid to prove that he is more than worthy of driving for Red Bull if a race seat should be free.
He finished in 6th place in Canada which marked his Formula 1 career best and Toro Rosso’s best race finish since Sebastian Vettel drove for them.
Vergne will no doubt go into the British Grand Prix happy with both his pace and the car which is beginning to set him apart from teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who will no doubt be one of his biggest competitors for that seat at Red Bull should it become available.
Paul di Resta - Force India-Mercedes
Luckily for Paul di Resta his race was much better than his qualifying session, which saw him start the race in 17th place. di Resta managed to work his way through the grid into 7th place, all while managing his tyres perfectly, managing to pull off a one stop and an incredible 57 laps on one set of tyres.
di Resta’s performance in Canada shows that the Force India has got the pace and isn’t far off being able to take on the big boys at the front of the grid.
Felipe Massa - Ferrari
After starting the race in 16th place Felipe Massa charged through the field to take 10th place by the 10th lap. We saw some brilliant wheel-to-wheel racing from Massa with the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil throughout the race.
While Massa was probably hoping for a slightly higher finish there wasn’t much he could do to take 7th place of Paul di Ressta.
Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus-Renault
Heading into the race Raikkonen was a fan favourite despite his struggles to get the tyres working well in low temperatures and having a two-place grid penalty.
Thankfully it was slightly warmer during the race, though Raikkonen was still struggling but managed to finish in 9th place meaning he has now equalled Michael Schumacher’s impressive record of 34 consecutive points finishes, which will no doubt make Lotus desperate to hang onto the Finn for next year.
Adrian Sutil - Force India-Mercedes
Adrian Sutil had quite an eventful afternoon in Canada which saw him; spin around on the sixth lap after contact with Pastor Maldonado which caused damage to the back of his car and a receiving a drive through penalty on lap 61 for ignoring blue flags. Despite all of that Sutil still managed to finish in 10th place picking up the final point for his team.
Sergio Perez - McLaren-Mercedes
Unfortunately for Sergio Perez he had a fairly quiet afternoon in Canada and managed to make up only one place to finish in 11th place just ahead of his teammate Jenson Button. Despite being told by his engineer that he was racing his teammate we didn’t really see any action between the pair.
Jenson Button - McLaren-Mercedes
Like his teammate Jenson Button had a fairly uneventful afternoon in Canada, though he did manage to make up two places on his starting position to finish in 12th points. This marks the first time both McLaren cars have finished outside the points in 64 races.
Following the race Button commented that he was confident they would perform better in Canada as “We had parts here that didn't work on this circuit but will work at Silverstone.”.
Romain Grosjean - Lotus-Renault
The Canadian Grand Prix looked like it was going to be tough race for Romain Grosjean who started the race in 22nd due to a 10 place grid penalty he was given by the Monaco stewards.
Despite that he enjoyed the majority of the race in the points, however dropped back towards the end of the race to finish in 13th place.
Valtteri Bottas - Williams-Renault
Unfortunately for Valtteri Bottas it was fairly sunny and warm on race day, unlike qualifying which had been cold and wet which had allowed him to qualify so well. As the lights went out in Canada Bottas lost places within the first few corners and dropped back from then onwards. 14th place is hardly a terrible position for Bottas to finish in and he did still finish two places above his teammate, though after such a good qualifying session he was probably hoping for points at the very least.
Daniel Ricciardo - STR-Ferrari
The aussie driver had a great start off the line and managed to make up two places straight away. From then on it went downhill though with Ricciardo commenting after the race that he had been struggling bad oversteer and tyre management which meant he was only able to finish in 15th place.
Maldonado and Bottas just proved again that Williams is struggling. (LAT Photo)
Pastor Maldonado - Williams-Renault
The Venezuelan had a fairly miserable race in Montreal after an incident on lap 7 between him and Sutil, which saw the stewards give Maldonado a drive through penalty. After serving his penalty he seemed to struggle at the back of the grid and was only able to finish 16th in front of the backmarkers.
Jules Bianchi - Marussia-Cosworth
Jules Bianchi had a fairly uneventful race in Canada though he did manage to show how well the Marussia is able to manage its tyres in the right conditions managing to get 44 laps out of his first set of tyres. He was able to finish ahead of his teammate and the remaining Caterham.
Charles Pic - Caterham-Renault
Pic had a very quite a quiet race in Canada and finished second to last ahead of Max Chilton and was unable to challenge the Marussia of Jules Bianchi.
Max Chilton - Marussia-Cosworth
Like his teammate Max Chilton managed his tyres perfectly during the first stint and was able get 40 laps out of the tyres he started the race on. However he struggled with his tyres on the second stint and was unable to defend from Charles Pic and finished the race last.
Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber-Ferrari
Gutierrez had a fairly a good start to the race though he was unable to make up many places, the second half of the grid saw him drop backwards through the field. On lap 66 Gutierrez was exiting the pit lane after his second stop and locked up causing his car to hit the barriers ending his race.
Nico Hulkenberg - Sauber-Ferrari
Nico Hulkenberg began the race in 9th and went backward from then onwards as he struggled for pace.
Hulkenberg’s race was ended as he lapped Giedo van der Garde and suffered a left rear puncture.
Giedo van der Garde - Caterham-Renault
Since Heikki Kovalainen returned to Caterham as a reserve driver rumours have been flying around that he may replace van der Garde if the Frenchman doesn't step up his performance. If those rumours are true, his performance during the Canadian Grand Prix certainly won't have helped him.
The first incident came about when he oddly appeared to be competition with Mark Webber despite the Australian being a lap ahead of him, van der Garde make contact with Webber at the hairpin which saw one of Webber’s front wing end plates come loose.
Later on in the race van der Garde came together with Nico Hulkenberg, which resulted in his front wing becoming trapped under the front right tyre ending his race. The stewards investigated the incident after the race and decided van der Garde was a fault, he now goes into the British Grand Prix with a five-place grid penalty.