2013 Canada Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Sure, we're only seven races into the season. And yes, it's only a 36 point lead this early in the season. But, let's face some unpleasant facts -- Sebastian Vettel, even when he doesn't have the best car, has been extremely consistent, while the rest of the teams have been very schizophrenic. Sadly, this championship may be over before it ever really gets started.
EVENT: Once again, Bernie is playing hardball with Montreal, despite everyone loving the venue.
QUALIFYING: Rain, the great equalizer, reveals Valtteri Bottas.
RACE: For all those fans complaining about excessive pit stops, the race isn't as exciting with a lack of degradation, is it...?
TRACK: The "home" of the Safety Car did not bring out the Safety Car this year.
START: Typical Vettel perfection, Bottas holds on, Alonso gets stuck behind the Finn, and Webber, shockingly, gets an excellent start.
VETTEL: Even when Sebastian stumbles, it doesn't seem to affect him. Tapping the Turn 4 wall is mere child's play for the gods.
WEBBER: A damaged wing cost him a podium, but once again, as virtually always, Mark had nothing compared to his teammate.
RED BULL: Still the best car overall, with or without tire issues.
ALONSO: How many times must Fernando be thinking, if only I had a Red Bull...
MASSA: We don't think Felipe is racing for his ride anymore. We think it's over for him in red cars. Someone else will get the pleasure of being beaten by Alonso.
HAMILTON: One of his favorite tracks gave him a boost of confidence when it came to (finally) beating his teammate.
ROSBERG: Quite a reversal of fortunes compared to Monaco.
MERCEDES: The Silver Arrows tire woes return.
VERGNE: It's official, we have ourselves a mano a mano duel amongst Toro Rosso teammates for the possibility of securing a Red Bull ride.
RICCIARDO: Suddenly, Daniel is no longer the team's frontrunner.
DI RESTA: After another horrid Q1 affair, Paul drives a brilliant race to move up 10 spots.
SUTIL: Meanwhile, Adrian's "luck" continues to dog him.
PEREZ: A quiet race, but that's a good thing for Sergio.
BUTTON: A quiet race, but that's a bad thing for Jenson.
MCLAREN: How low can this team fall?
GROSJEAN: No crashes.
RAIKKONEN: Points ... barely ... to keep his streak going.
LOTUS: It appears they are already incapable of keeping up with the technological battle amidst rumors of money problems.
BOTTAS: Dry weather brought Valtteri back to reality, thanks to his car not him, but he will be a star of the future. Just most likely not with Williams.
MALDONADO: Meanwhile, Pastor is panning out exactly what everyone criticized him for being -- a ride buyer.
VAN DER GARDE: What were you thinking, Giedo?! Being lapped, blue flags waving, a long straight to check your mirrors, and you still cut off Webber, screwing up his race. A rookie mistake if there ever was one.
ROSSI: The frequent flyer miles champion of the weekend -- from FP1 in Montreal to Test Day at Le Mans.
MARSHALS: All too often, the dangers the corner workers face is overlooked. The tragedy in Montreal reminds us. Disturbingly, since 2000, three workers have died in F1 while no drivers have.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Sadness.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 64 -- The point scoring streak for McLaren comes to an end.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is the first time Red Bull has won in Canada, but it is the fifth time the winning car was powered by a Renault engine. Once, it was their own team in 2006 with Fernando Alonso. The other three times Renault powered a Williams chassis to victory -- 1996 (Damon Hill), 1993 (Alain Prost), and 1989 (Thierry Boutsen).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Vettel's race engineer, Guillaume ‘Rocky’ Roquelin, making sure his driver would not get stupid on the last lap when Vettel appeared to be trying to set fastest lap, simply said, "Monaco, 1988, Senna." Vettel backed off.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: The chorus of boos from the fans when Vettel was interviewed on the podium. Some may say this was classless. But, this is Montreal, home of some of the most rabid hockey fans in the world. And hockey fans always let you know what's on their minds.
SCHEDULE: The schedule may say the next event is the British Grand Prix in three weeks, but the biggest upcoming event is the FIA International Tribunal hearing on the Mercedes and Pirelli tire test.
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