On Saturday, we saw Lewis Hamilton taking Pole Position for the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen.
Before the start of the race, the back of the grid has been revised due to several drivers receiving penalties. To read more about this, please read my article here:- https://jonesonf1.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/revised-grid-for-the-2015-canadian-grand-prix/. Also, Jenson Button will receive a drive through penalty during the race after changing an ERS on his car. To read more about this, please read my article here:- https://jonesonf1.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/more-troubles-for-jenson-button-for-the-canadian-gp/.
The Canadian GP is underway! Lewis Hamilton gets a good start off the line. Kimi Raikkonen tries to squeeze Nico Rosberg but cannot do so. Sergio Perez also had a good start and is battling with Daniel Ricciardo for position.
As we head into the next few corners, Sebastian Vettel by Felipe Nasr on track and at the end of the lap, Jenson Button serves his drive through penalty. Hamilton leads Rosberg on Lap 2 by 1 second. The next lap sees Vettel passing Carlos Sainz Jr for position at the chicane and Marcus Ericsson passes Fernando Alonso for position.
Lap 4 sees Massa and Alonso battling for track position head to head; with Massa winning the battle going into Turn 1. Vettel and Alonso are also battling for position, Vettel tries to pass him, locks up but is able to pass Alonso at the final corner easily.
There is a battle between Ericsson and Vettel on the track for eleventh place. At the end of the 7th lap, Vettel pits for new tyres and suffers a problem with his left rear and lost time as a result of this. Lap 8 sees Hamilton leading the race by 2.3 seconds. Lap 9 sees Massa and Ericsson fighting for 11th place. Both drivers gave each other the space and Massa got the job done even though Ericsson did everything he could to hold on.
On Lap 10, Perez passes Ricciardo for ninth place. The next lap sees Max Verstappen passing Felipe Nasr for 15th place. Hamilton leads the race on Lap 12 by 3 seconds ahead of his team mate Rosberg. There is a battle for 6th place between Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado. Lap 15 sees Massa passing Perez for ninth place at the final corner.
Lap 18 sees Verstappen passing Alonso for position. Hamilton still leads the race by 3.9 seconds ahead of Rosberg. The next lap sees Massa passing Kvyat for seventh place. There is a battle with Alonso and Vettel for position. Vettel couldn’t get past him, but on Lap 21, Vettel was able to pass him.
Two laps later, we see Vettel passing Verstappen for position and Maldonado passing Ericsson for position. The next lap we see Vettel passing Sainz Jr for thirteenth place. Lap 24 sees Vettel passing Ericsson for twelfth but moves into eleventh place after Ricciardo makes his pit stop.
On Lap 28, Raikkonen spins his Ferrari at the hairpin. Raikkonen was able to keep the car running and continued on in the race. At the end of Lap 29, Hamilton pits for new tyres and hands the lead to Nico Rosberg. The next lap sees Vettel passing Maldonado for position after Maldonado runs off the circuit and at the end of the lap, Rosberg pits for new tyres.
Lap 31 sees Hamilton retaking the lead of the Canadian GP ahead of his team mate Rosberg. The next lap sees Kvyat passing Verstappen at the final corner for position. Lap 32 sees Perez passing Verstappen for track position. Hamilton is leading the race ahead of Rosberg by Lap 35 by 1.5 seconds and at the end of the lap, Grosjean passes Massa for position; while Vettel pits for a second time.
Hamilton leads Rosberg on Lap 40 of the race ahead of Rosberg. On Lap 44, Vettel tries to pass Hulkenberg for track position but there is contact between the two at the final corner which resulted in Hulkenberg spinning but was able to continue running in the race. Fernando Alonso officially retires from the race on Lap 47 after suffering with a terminal engine problem.
The stewards announce the next lap that no further action will be taken against the incident between Vettel and Hulkenberg four laps previously. Hamilton is still leading Rosberg by 1.3 seconds on Lap 49 of the race.
While coming to lap Will Stevens on Lap 50, Grosjean makes contact with him at the final corner and this ended up with both drivers having to pit at the end of the lap. The stewards announce that they are investigating the incident between the two drivers. Lap 52 sees Grosjean receiving a five second time penalty for his part in his incident with Stevens that will be added to his race time.
At the end of Lap 55, Vettel passes Maldonado for fifth place with a great move. On Lap 57, Grosjean passes Perez for tenth place. Hamilton leads Rosberg by 1.4 seconds on Lap 58 of the race. At the end of Lap 57, Jenson Button officially retires from the race.
Hamilton still leads the race on Lap 61 by 1.4 seconds ahead of his team mate Rosberg. Lap 63 sees Roberto Merhi officially retire from the race, which is the first of his career and also the first for Manor F1 this season. There is a battle between Kvyat and Grosjean for ninth place on the track.
Hamilton leads Rosberg on the final lap by 3.5 seconds. The final lap is complete and Hamilton completes his final lap and wins his fourth race win of the season and also his fourth race at the Canadian Grand Prix and also wins Mercedes’ first win at the Montreal circuit. Rosberg is second 2.2 seconds behind Hamilton and Bottas finishes a brilliant third 40.6 seconds behind Hamilton.
Raikkonen is a credible fourth 45.6 seconds behind Hamilton, Vettel finished a credible fifth 49..9 seconds behind Hamilton, Massa was sixth 56.3 second behind Hamilton, Maldonado finishes seventh and scores his first points of the season 66.6 seconds behind Hamilton, Hulkenberg finished in eighth 1 lap behind Hamilton, Kvyat finished in ninth 1 lap behind Hamilton and Grosjean picked up the final point in tenth 1 lap behind Hamilton; but a 5 second time penalty needs to be applied.
Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship with 151 points, Rosberg is second with 134 points, Vettel is third with 108 points, Raikkonen is fourth with 72 points, Bottas is fifth with 57 points, Massa is sixth with 47 points, Ricciardo is seventh with 35 points, Kvyat is eighth with 19 points, Grosjean is eighth with 17 points and Nasr is tenth with 16 points.
Mercedes lead the Constructors Championship with 285 points, Ferrari is second with 180 points, Williams are third with 104 points, Red Bull are fourth with 54 points, Lotus are fifth with 23 points, Sauber are sixth with 21 points, Force India are seventh with 21 points, Toro Rosso are eighth with 15 points and McLaren-Honda are ninth with 4 points.
I feel that McLaren have had an terrible race today after all their problems this weekend. It is sad to see my team where they are currently, but this season has to be a building and foundation year for both parties and have to go through this process in order to get to the other side and become more competitive.
This weekend has shown that McLaren have had a small step with their performance and pace with the car but the McLaren team have a lot of work to do in order to try and extract performance from their car that they need in order to get back to competitive ways once again as quickly as possible.
The biggest surprise this weekend for me was Vettel getting fifth place in the race today. I do feel that Vettel drove a superb race to gain fifth today and it is very well deserved. He did a brilliant job despite what happened in qualifying and has shown that despite not having the outright pace to challenge their rivals, he drove a great race to claim this result today.
Grosjean, Massa, Kvyat, Hulkenberg, Maldonado and Raikkonen do deserve mentions. Firstly, Grosjean deserves a mention for most of the weekend with the car been able to extract a little bit more pace and performance. As I have already stated before, I believe that Grosjean managed to extract some performance from the car and was rewarded with a point for his efforts after everything that he encountered during the race.
Also, Massa did a credible job to finish sixth yesterday. But I do feel that he did struggle with aspects of the car and was only able to finish in that position. Throughout the race, Massa showed that he can race and race well if provided with the opportunity to do so but I am sure that he will only use this to push himself further to perform in 2015.
Kvyat did extremely well to gain ninth place today. Kvyat this weekend has managed to extract pace and performance from the car, but has looked a bit uncomfortable as you would be with the issues with the Renault power unit at the moment. And I feel that the results that Kvyat achieved today will only spur on Red Bull to try and keep this momentum going further into the 2015 season and try to catch the Williams team.
Hulkenberg did a credible job to finish in seventh place today. His race may have been a lonely one but he battled through to get some points after showing form throughout the weekend and this will only motivate the team and himself further to keep this up as the season moves to Austria in a few weeks time.
Maldonado had a good race to get seventh place and scored his first points of the season after a bad start to the season; even if it hasn’t been his fault some of the time. This will only spur him on to try and achieve results like this for the rest of the season while also picking up Lotus’ first double points finish of the season.
Raikkonen drove a solid race to get fourth place today. Even though Raikkonen could have got third if he didn’t spin, he still managed to beat his team mate. This season we have seen Raikkonen showing why he was re-signed with Ferrari in the first place and that he is without a doubt a potential winner this season if he can get everything together in a weekend.
It was great to see Bottas getting his first podium of the season today. He drove a solid race, took the opportunity when Raikkonen spun on the track and was rewarded with a great result and showed that the upgrades Williams brought to the track are going in the right direction.
Rosberg deserves a mention. He drove a solid race today to second place. He may not have won the battle with Hamilton; but he did a great job to maintain his great start to the season with a podium at every Grand Prix in 2015 so far.
All that is left to say about this race is that Hamilton deserved to win today and he needed to after what happened in Monaco two weeks ago. His driving was brilliant and controlled throughout the race; especially when battling with Vettel much of the race. Mercedes has built on the results that they have gained so far this season with him and have shown that they are just the best team on the grid at the moment.
Will Austria in two weeks time be yet another race Mercedes will win? Or can their rivals catch up to them? And who will be leading the championship, will it be Rosberg or will it be Hamilton? Only time will tell!
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