Canadian Grand Prix - A result to be proud of

11 Jun 2017

A long fight back for Seb to finish fourth and Kimi seventh

Montreal – The toughest Grand Prix of the year ended with Seb in fourth place and Kimi in seventh. Given how things went on the opening lap, with both cars damaged and a front wing to change, a strategy to rejig, overtaking moves to make, it was a demonstration of courage and determination from drivers and team. Sebastian still leads the Drivers’ championship on 141 points, 13 more than Hamilton.

Gusty conditions, dust flying around the track and even a few black but harmless clouds all served to ramp up the tension before the start. Verstappen’s blistering start meant that Seb, who had got off the line well, had to lift off. He thus found himself back in fourth, but further back, a collision between Massa and Sainz immediately brought out the Safety Car. Max’s move had damaged the right front wing end plate on Sebastian’s car. Rather than risk further problems, he pitted for a new nose and a change to Supersofts. Unfortunately, the SF70H had additional damage to the floor. Meanwhile, Kimi lost ground in the duel with Ricciardo and found himself sixth and a trip across the grass also caused him some damage.

Verstappen’s race ended at the side of the track at Turn 3 and out came the safety car again, albeit this time a virtual one. The race resumed on lap 14 and that number also represented Seb’s position, but he soon dispensed with Grosjean. On lap 18, Kimi, who was having a tricky time of it, pitted and fitted the red-banded tyres and by this point Seb was already up to eleventh. He then passed Hulkenberg to move into the points before pulling off a passing move on Stroll at the chicane. Kimi got ahead of Alonso to go sixth, with Sebastian now just two places further back having come out on top of duels with Magnussen and Fernando.

Life wasn’t easy with two damaged cars: on lap 42, Kimi pitted for fresh rubber, the super-quick Ultrasofts. Seb stayed out until lap 50, dealing with traffic ahead of him, but he would also have to rescue his race with the purple tyres, with which Kimi was now flying. Seb started to demolish the lap times, getting under the 1’15” mark with 10 laps to go. He passed Kimi who had a brake control issue. At the start of lap 66, Seb pulled off a miracle, risking everything to pass Ocon who was also using the DRS. Perez was now in his sights and he slipped by at the start of the penultimate lap, so that his race ended just off the podium. KImi brought his wounded No 7 car home in seventh spot. “Thanks guys” was the immediate message from Maurizio. That said it all.

Maurizio talks about the race
Seb talks about the race
Kimi talks about the race


Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Time/Retired

1

Lewis
Hamilton

Mercedes

70

1:33:05.154

2

Valtteri
Bottas

Mercedes

70

+19.783s

3

Daniel
Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer

70

+35.297s

4

Sebastian
Vettel

Ferrari

70

+35.907s

5

Sergio
Perez

Force India Mercedes

70

+40.476s

6

Esteban
Ocon

Force India Mercedes

70

+40.716s

7

Kimi
Räikkönen

Ferrari

70

+58.632s

8

Nico
Hulkenberg

Renault

70

+60.374s

9

Lance
Stroll

Williams Mercedes

69

+1 lap

10

Romain
Grosjean

Haas Ferrari

69

+1 lap

11

Jolyon
Palmer

Renault

69

+1 lap

12

Kevin
Magnussen

Haas Ferrari

69

+1 lap

13

Marcus
Ericsson

Sauber Ferrari

69

+1 lap

14

Stoffel
Vandoorne

McLaren Honda

69

+1 lap

15

Pascal
Wehrlein

Sauber Ferrari

68

+2 laps

16

Fernando
Alonso

McLaren Honda

66

DNF

NC

Daniil
Kvyat

Toro Rosso

54

DNF

NC

Max
Verstappen

Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer

10

DNF

NC

Felipe
Massa

Williams Mercedes

0

DNF

NC

Carlos
Sainz

Toro Rosso

0

DNF

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