2017 Canada Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: The championship will ebb and flow, the momentum will change hands often, and we still have a lot of races left. It's going to be a fun championship.
TRACK: The wind didn't play havoc like some predicted.
EVENT: Montreal was already a prime example of a citywide racing festival. And Liberty Media made it even better.
QUALIFYING: After all of Mercedes' concerns about Montreal, Hamilton wows the stopwatches, Vettel keeps it honest, Bottas and Raikkonen play second fiddle, and nobody is talking about anyone else.
START: Verstappen is out of this world, Bottas gets very aggressive, Ferrari completely stumbles, and Massa and Sainz go crashing into the wall.
RACE: The action was for third place after the lead was established early.
HAMILTON: Lewis was on a different plane, pulling off the grand slam -- pole, led every lap, fastest lap, and of course the win.
BOTTAS: No match for his teammate, but at least Valtteri avoided the embarrassment of being beaten by a Force India.
RICCIARDO: Nothing like the shoey ... ah, never mind...
VERSTAPPEN: All the "maturity beyond his years" facade is falling apart lately with his rants.
VETTEL: This is how championships are won and lost, by how many points you can salvage when things aren't going right.
RAIKKONEN: This is how number two drivers lose their seats, by not salvaging points when things aren't going right.
FERRARI: Their fate was sealed at the start.
FORCE INDIA: They were stuck between a rock and a hard place -- having to choose between their strategy and their drivers. They made the wrong choice. Terribly wrong.
PEREZ: We now know Sergio is more than willing not to play nice.
OCON: Esteban had the strategy, but not the team orders.
STROLL: Give Lance credit. He scored his first F1 points at a track he never drove before in any car with a consistent, smart, trouble free drive. Kudos.
GROSJEAN: Somehow grabbed a point for Haas.
PALMER: Gone by the summer break?
HONDA: Gone by the summer break?
VANDOORNE: According to his team, he's suffered the perils of spec racing in the junior ranks.
ALONSO: If you can't stay in the race, join the crowd and watch the race.
MCLAREN: Still no points. Still trailing Sauber.
KVYAT: When he was driving, Daniil did well. When he was not, his incessant whining took over.
SAINZ: Carlos was clueless on where Grosjean was, not just once, but twice. This is the second bad mistake he has made this year.
MASSA: Totally innocent bystander.
SENNA: A wonderful gesture by the Ayrton Senna family in honoring Lewis Hamilton tying his hero for poles.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Circus.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3 -- Lance Stroll is now the third Canadian to score World Championship points, and the first not named Villeneuve.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Montreal was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix and the 150th anniversary of the country. You can read all about the first Canadian Grand Prix from Deep Throttle's favorite history writer.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Not a quote, just the sound of a Honda at the end of an F1 race, "BOOM ... clatter, clatter, clatter ... <silence>."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Eric Boullier, McLaren's racing director, said after yet another Honda failure, "Simply, and absolutely, not good enough."
SCHEDULE: Now Baku is not called the European Grand Prix, it's called the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Maybe next year, it will be called the Asian Grand Prix...
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