2018 Canada Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: The silver lining out of the processional race? We're back to having a championship battle!
TRACK: It usually produces a good race, which made it even more disappointing.
EVENT: Another huge win for Montreal and their love of F1.
QUALIFYING: Vettel gets it together to begin his domination, Verstappen keeps it clean and fast, Hartley puts the replacement rumors behind him, McLaren is so bad they're slower than Sauber, and Grosjean kills all mosquitoes in pit lane.
RACE: This was a race which harkened back to the Schumacher era of parades complete with (one) Ferrari dominating.
START: Vettel never allows anyone to get close, Bottas holds his ground, Verstappen is aggressive yet smart, Stroll leaves the home crowd disappointed, and Hartley wonder if this is it.
VETTEL: Sebastian never looked better at Ferrari.
RAIKKONEN: While Kimi never looked like such a second fiddle at Ferrari.
FERRARI: So, all those accusations of illegal use of their KERS and burning oil in the engine was just smoke and mirrors. Or was it...?
HAMILTON: Lewis never had the speed, bad engine or not, on one of his favorite tracks on the schedule.
BOTTAS: While Valtteri was not lost for speed.
MERCEDES: They have their work cut out for them.
VERSTAPPEN: Exactly what the doctor ordered.
RICCIARDO: Thought he had the fastest lap till the early checker took it away.
RED BULL: To Honda or not to Honda...?
HULKENBERG: Nico got the better of Sainz this time.
OCON: Esteban got the better of Perez thanks to Sainz.
LECLERC: Another stellar drive for Charles.
GASLY: Ditto for Pierre.
GROSJEAN: A great comeback drive for Romain. But still zero points.
STROLL: Wow, did Claire Williams look like a dolt. First, she tried to lay the blame of the first lap crash on Hartley with an asinine analysis. Then, Lance comes right out and says, yep, my bad.
MCLAREN: Now, we're at the point where this is an all out joke (even greater than Claire Williams). And there's no Honda to blame anymore.
ALONSO: F1, you can kiss Fernando goodbye.
FIA: Last week, a celebrity crashed the pace car at the Detroit Indy car race. Now, a celebrity waved the checkered flag too soon. Here's a tip to race organizers -- let those trained to do a job actually do their job and let celebrities just hang out like celebrities.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Early.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 50 -- Sebastian Vettel won his 50th grand prix 40 years after Gilles Villeneuve's historic victory on Fernando Alonso's 300th grand prix weekend.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: All the talk was about this being the 40th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve's first F1 win which not only came in his home grand prix, but in his home province of Quebec in the first year Montreal hosted the race. He was followed by Jody Scheckter who would be his teammate at Ferrari the following year (with James Hunt replacing Scheckter at Wolf) and Carlos Reutemann who was his teammate but was leaving for Lotus. The newly crowned World Champion, Mario Andretti, finished 10th a lap down after colliding with John Watson early in the race.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: When asked to tell us what he wanted to talk about after another dismal race, Fernando Alonso said, "Le Mans."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Though he said it after qualifying, it could have just as easily applied to the race as well when Max Verstappen said, "I guess I still know how to drive."
SCHEDULE: Many times the European swing decides the championship. And this year the beginning of that swing will certainly separate the men from the boys thanks to the grueling schedule -- five races in six weekends opening with three in a row starting with the welcomed return of the French GP.
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