What I wanna know bunnies, is just how much did the Canadian track owners fork out in bribes to the FIA, to be able to host Sunday’s F1 farce?
Yes it was the 30th anniversary race at Gilles Villeneuve. Yes it’s a cool track. But if you ask me, a track that is literally crumbling under the cars, and then needs to be patched 10 minutes before the start of the day’s race is not a race-worthy surface! The cars were on average 5 seconds slower than the lap record, and they couldn’t move off the racing line at all to overtake because there was no grip- and moving even slightly off the line meant spinning off the track for no visible reason!
Initially my beloved Ferraris looked like they could make a go of the 70 laps on a really shitty track after Räikkönen qualifed 3rd and Massa 6th. Then Lewis Hamilton totally- and very embarrassingly- threw a spanner in the works by not watching the pit lane access lights DURING a safety car lap and rammed straight into the back of Räikkönen, putting an end to both of their races! Williams’ Nico Rosberg then barrelled into the back of Hamilton’s stricken McLaren but managed to rejoin- though he had an accident a lap later and didn’t finish. Rosberg’s team mate Nakajima looked to be doing okay- but he ran into the back of Button’s car and then his front wing stuck under his car and he slid straight into the pit wall.
Hamilton said he was paying attention to the two cars jostling fpr position at the pit lane exit ahead of him- not the lights… he apologised to Kimi for not seeing the lights- but Rosberg and Hamilton have been penalised 10 qualifying places in the upcoming French F1.
Barrichello looked to be relatively high up in the points until he slid wide on the 59th lap and finished 7th. Button did well to finish 11th after starting in the pit lane after a suspension change on his Honda. Toro Rosso’s Vettel might have finished higher than 8th but for a fuel rig problem in his pit stop. Bourdais was the last of the 13 cars to finish the race. Alonso could have had a better race too- his second mistake put him into the wall after he spun on turn 2. Renault team mate Piquet retired with a brake problem. Fisichella also put himself into a wall, and his Force India team mate, Sutil’s, loss of gears was the incident that resulted in the safety car incident that ultimately put paid to Hamilton and Räikkönen’s races.
After all the pit stops and safety car drama, Massa made brilliant use of other driver’s errors and managed to finish 5th and in the points, thank goodness.
Anyhoodle- VERY well done to Kubica for his first win of the season. He totally deserved it, with team mate Heidfeld making it a BMW day! Coulthard finally got himself some points and a podium by finishing 3rd… I am so not a Coulthard fan, and frankly I’d be quite happy if he retired. Timo Glock took 4th, Jarno Trulli 6th and Barrichello 7th.
So the driver points are as follows:
Robert Kubica 42
Lewis Hamilton & Felipe Massa level on 38
Kimi Räikkönen 35
Nick Heidfeld 28
Heikki Kovalainen & Mark Webber level on 15
Jarno Trulli 12
Fernando Alonso 9
Nico Rosberg 8
Kazuki Nakajima 7
David Coulthard 6
Timo Glock, Sebastian Vettel & Rubens Barrichello all on 5
Jenson Button 3
Sebastien Bourdais 2
And the team standings now are as follows;
Ferrari 73 (yeah baby!)
BMW Sauber 70
Red Bull-Renault 21
STR Ferrari 7
Force India 0