The Canadian Grand Prix took place on Sunday and after my preview on Saturday it looked like my predictions were spot on. After the qualifying rounds the Silver Bullets were again parked right at the front of the grid. Rosberg took pole from Hamilton by the slightest of margins with Vettel and Bottas occupying the second row. The only surprise was that the Ferrari’s could only manage seventh and tenth on the grid after they had a good start on Friday and looked to be challenging the Mercedes team this weekend. Nothing of this sort came to fruition though.
Onto the race, it seemed like just another day at the office for the Mercedes team with Rosberg and Hamilton taking control of the race after a shaky start where they almost put each other out of the race at the first corner. Halfway through the race their fortunes changed as both cars reported a loss of power and I’m sure the rest of the teams must have experienced a little uncontrollable giggle when they heard the news. This didn’t stop the two Mercedes from racing each other and on lap 46 they touched and Hamilton had to run off the track to avoid damage to his car. Although they seem to have mended their relationship after Monaco, you could see that the rivalry on the track getting more and more intense.
On the same lap Hamilton suffered his second retirement of the season as he experienced brake problems on his car. This opened up the race and left Rosberg struggling to hold onto his lead. He managed to keep everyone behind him, but the Red Bull team got a sniff in the nose. Ricciardo and Vettel moved through the traffic to catch up with Rosberg on the 66th lap as Ricciardo overtook Perez in second place. Ricciardo managed to pass Rosberg on lap 68 and did so just in time as the Safety Car were deployed for the final lap after Massa took out Perez in a nasty accident. This left Ricciardo cruising to victory under yellow flags to take his first career win. Rosberg held onto second position with Vettel completing the podium.
I wouldn’t want to take anything away from Ricciardo and the Red Bull team after a brilliant drive, but one must ask if this race was won by Red Bull or lost by Mercedes? Mercedes has got two weeks to rectify the issues they experienced which should give Red Bull and Ferrari more time to catch up before the next race in Austria on the 22nd of June.
The result played very much into the hands of Nico Rosberg(140 points) who now leads Hamilton(118 points) by 22 points and Hamilton will have to do it all over again to try and catch up with Rosberg. Ricciardo moved up into third with 79 points ahead of Alonso who is on 69 points.
The Drivers Standing after the Canadian Grand Prix:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||79|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||60|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||57|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||20|