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2019 Canada Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The issue isn't that Vettel got penalized. He should be. The issue is the rules do not allow for a reasonable penalty in this situation. The only thing Vettel gained was not losing a position. Since the opportunity was there -- if the rule existed, which it doesn't -- the appropriate penalty would be to have them swap positions. And then let them race again.

EVENT: The Canadian fans absolutely adore their F1. Hopefully, that continues after this year...

TRACK: The only thing that mattered this year was that small piece of grassy runoff area.

QUALIFYING: Ferrari finally takes advantage of a power track, Bottas totally messes up Q3, Ricciardo shines, Racing Point fails at their home event, Magnussen crashes but makes Q3 while causing Verstappen and Grosjean not to, and Giovinazzi actually outqualifies Raikkonen.

RACE: It was building up to be a race for the ages. Well, we suppose it was, but not the way it originally was playing out.

START: Vettel is clean, Hamilton holds his breath, Leclerc takes a peek, Ricciardo aggressively defends, Bottas continues a poor weekend, and Norris beats Verstappen.

VETTEL: Lost in all the controversy is the fact Sebastian choked, again, making a mistake under pressure, causing him to go off track in the first place.

HAMILTON: He forced Vettel into a mistake. Let's not forget that. It's not like Lewis doesn't deserve the win at all.

MERCEDES: Lost in all the controversy is the amazing job Mercedes did to rebuild Hamilton's car on Friday and then the mad scramble to fix the hydraulic leak on Sunday just before the race. And not have any mechanical problems when it mattered most.

LECLERC: First, Ferrari "forgets" about Charles at Monaco and leaves him in the garage during Q1. Then, Ferrari "forgets" to tell Charles about his teammate's penalty. Maybe Charles will "forget" to sign a contract with Ferrari next year.

FERRARI: Even when they win, they lose.

BOTTAS: Looked like the Valtteri of 2018.

VERSTAPPEN: Once again, made the most of what he had.

GASLY: Terribly off the pace of Max. Pierre's better qualifying was due to a fluke. Despite a fine performance at Monaco, he still really needs to up his game.

RED BULL: Max is right. Their car may be better than last year, but relative to the top two teams, it's worse.

RENAULT: What a huge leap for the French team after massive upgrades. The question is, was this a one-off due to the track or is this a sign of turning things around?

RICCIARDO: This is why Renault paid Daniel all that money.

HULKENBERG: Nico was no slouch either.

STROLL: A fine race for Lance in front of his home crowd, especially after Saturday.

PEREZ: Uncharacteristically, Sergio could not make his strategy work.

KVYAT: Dare we say it? Daniil deserves another promotion to Red Bull? Maybe...?

ALBON: Talk about hot brakes.

GIOVINAZZI: Hand it to Antonio. He was the man at Alfa Romeo all weekend.

HAAS: What a miserable season this is turning out to be.

MAGNUSSEN: Kevin got bitch slapped by the Team Principal.

GROSJEAN: Cleaning debris off his halo.

KUBICA: He just keeps coming up with excuses. The Williams may be terrible, but Robert can't beat his rookie teammate.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Aghast.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 48 -- The lap the fans could have stopped watching.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Everyone immediately brought up the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix. That was a wild one even from the start in messy conditions. Accidents and collisions galore. Hamilton spun on the second lap handing Raikkonen the lead. On lap 41, Hamilton shot through the grass trying to pass Raikkonen, so he gave the position back. Hamilton then repassed Raikkonen, who later hit Hamilton trying his own pass. Eventually, as the rain got heavier, Raikkonen crashed out. Hamilton took the checkered flag. However, two hours after the race, the Stewards gave Hamilton a 25-second penalty for cutting the chicane (even though he gave the position back), relegating him to third place. The win was given to Felipe Massa followed by Nick Heidfeld.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Sebastian Vettel's take after the race to his team, "No, no, no guys. Not like that. No, no, no."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: And Lewis Hamilton's take, "I forced him into an error; he went wide."

SCHEDULE: What better track to go to after this than the one that hypnotizes all the fans.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 70
2. Vettel 70
3. Leclerc 70
4. Bottas 70
5. Verstappen 70
6. Ricciardo 69
7. Hulkenberg 69
8. Gasly 69
9. Stroll 69
10. Kvyat 69
11. Sainz 69
12. Perez 69
13. Giovinazzi(R) 69
14. Grosjean 69
15. Raikkonen 69
16. Russell(R) 68
17. Magnussen 68
18. Kubica 67
NC Albon(R) 59
NC Norris(R) 8

Time of Race
1:29:07.084

Margin of Victory
3.658 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Valtteri Bottas

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 162
2. Bottas 133
3. Vettel 100
4. Verstappen 88
5. Leclerc 72
6. Gasly 36
7. Sainz 18
8. Ricciardo 16
9. Magnussen 14
10. Perez 13
  Raikkonen 13
12. Norris(R) 12
  Hulkenberg 12
14. Kvyat 10
15. Albon(R) 7
16. Stroll 6
17. Grosjean 2

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 295
2. Ferrari 172
3. Red Bull 124
4. McLaren 30
5. Renault 28
6. Racing Point 19
7. Toro Rosso 17
8. Haas 16
9. Alfa Romeo 13
 
 

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2012 Thoughts
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