2022 Canada Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: And now the points domination has completely swung the other way. Will it swing again? For the sake of the fans, we hope so.
EVENT: There are almost just as many tourists who travel to Montreal this weekend who never go to the track as there are who go to the track. That's how big of an event this is, with the off track activities being just as much of an attraction as the on track action.
TRACK: It surprised us with the new regulations, we didn't see much, much more passing on a track typically easy to pass on.
QUALIFYING: Five different teams in the top five, Alonso returns to glory, Haas in the third row, Russell tries a wild gamble, Schumacher and Zhou with a yeoman effort, Perez gets a wedgie, and Aston Martin hates the rain.
RACE: Where passing should have been prevalent, it actually was difficult. However, the last safety car period gave us a nail biting final 16 laps where one slight mistake would have decided the win.
START: Max says no way Fernando, Alonso has to hold off Sainz, Magnussen brushes Hamilton, and Schumacher drops.
VERSTAPPEN: An epic qualifying lap. Then 16 epic race laps to hold of Sainz. What a performance.
PEREZ: That DNF came out of nowhere. Especially since it was the gearbox.
RED BULL: No doubt, the RB18 is the best designed car this year. As long as they stay on top of the reliability, this could turn out to be the Red Bull domination of old.
SAINZ: His best race of his career. Still itching for that first win.
LECLERC: Charles salvaged as much points as he could, especially considering being unable to pass Ocon for so long and a slow pit stop.
FERRARI: Their saving hope is they at times can still run faster than Red Bull.
HAMILTON: Lewis sure was happy for third place.
RUSSELL: The surest bet in Vegas -- George with a top five finish.
MERCEDES: They continue to show signs of improvement and competitiveness. But, let's be honest, their pace is still a decent amount off from Red Bull and Ferrari.
OCON: Outgunned by his teammate, but circumstances had Esteban helping to tow his teammate.
ALONSO: So much pre-race hope. So much post-race disappointment. Then, to add insult to an engine problem injury, Fernando is docked five seconds for weaving, losing two more spots.
ALPINE: Why did they leave Alonso out so long?
ZHOU: Another very strong weekend. Made more impressive by his first time at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Saturday's weather conditions.
GASLY: What happened? What a huge letdown for Pierre, especially after last weekend.
MCLAREN: What a complete mess of the stacked pit stops. A complete mess.
MAGNUSSEN: Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, you should know better. There was no way you were going to stay in front of Hamilton, even if you did pass him on the start. So, instead the risk put you out of the points, when there was so much available on the table.
SCHUMACHER: Was very strong all weekend, especially in wet qualifying. Was running a solid race. Then the racing gods decided Mick still wasn't going to score his first F1 points.
HAAS: And now they have fallen into ninth place. After all that promise at Bahrain.
TSUNODA: Just after receiving justifiable praise last week, Yuki makes a dumb error on cold tires.
FIA: Now getting involved with porpoising. It is a safety issue, but one wonders what kind of quigmire they are going to get themselves into.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Groundhog.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 95 -- The points swing in the last six races between Verstappen and Leclerc.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Red Bull has now passed Lotus for fifth place in the all time constructors win list with 82 victories. Though, with a caveat -- the last two Lotus wins were not with the original (and same would say only) Team Lotus, so some would say Red Bull has been in fifth place two races ago. Nonetheless, the first Red Bull win came in the 2009 Chinese GP. Sebastian Vettel, who also gave Toro Rosso their first win, ironically before Red Bull, did the honors from pole position. Mark Webber made it a 1-2 finish.
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: Alpine tweeting out before the race on the grid: The view from P2. We like it.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Carlos Sainz on those final 16 laps, "I gave it all. I was risking everything, over the curbs, close to the wall and having a few moments out there in dirty air."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mick Schumacher after his heart wrenching engine failure, "I feel like we built the cake, but we just didn't get to put the frosting on it."
SCHEDULE: Off to Silverstone, which has an atmosphere just a tick better than Montreal -- and only because of all the competitive British drivers.
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