Canadian Grand Prix Formula race report
Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Montréal.
Formula One teams Canadian Grand Prix race results
|1||Vettel||Red Bull||70||1h 32:09.143|
|4||Webber||Red Bull||70||+ 0:25.731|
|6||Vergne||Toro Rosso||69||+ 1 Lap|
|7||Di Resta||Force India||69||+ 1 Lap|
|8||Massa||Ferrari||69||+ 1 Lap|
|9||Raikkonen||Lotus||69||+ 1 Lap|
|10||Sutil||Force India||69||+ 1 Lap|
|11||Perez||McLaren||69||+ 1 Lap|
|12||Button||McLaren||69||+ 1 Lap|
|13||Grosjean||Lotus||69||+ 1 Lap|
|14||Bottas||Williams||69||+ 1 Lap|
|15||Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||69||+ 1 Lap|
|16||Maldonado||Williams||68||+ 2 Laps|
|17||Bianchi||Marussia||68||+ 2 Laps|
|18||Pic||Caterham||67||+ 3 Laps|
|19||Chilton||Marussia||67||+ 3 Laps|
|Van der Garde||Caterham||43||Accident Damage|
Fastest Lap: Webber (Red Bull) 1:16.182 (Lap 69)
Red Bull Racing
CANADIAN GP – RACE
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 1st
“It’s great to win today. I was pushing very hard, especially at the beginning of the race – I had a moment when I hit the wall, but I didn’t feel it; I was trying to get away from the field, as you don’t know what will happen towards the end. It turned out that we could control things in the later stages, but you don’t know that, so I was just trying to push all the time and stay in the rhythm. It was good to see that we were quick in all conditions this weekend and had speed in the race. We had average tyre wear, which hasn’t always been the case for us, so we have made a step forward there. It’s nice to win here, as it’s a very special race. Not just the track, but the whole city enjoys the race and it’s a nice atmosphere.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 5th
“I got a sensational start, but I didn’t have too many places to go. I went to the middle and Bottas and Nico were there, so I went to the other side and lost some momentum. We are certainly getting our starts sorted, but so far there’s been no opportunity to show how good they have been! We lost some time with Nico in the first stint, and the car was getting hot behind him in the slip stream. Once I got in free air, the car was handling much better. Then we had the incident with Giedo van der Garde which caused some front wing damage and made it more difficult; the whole top section of the wing was gone on the left hand side, so it didn’t help from then on. I don’t know what he was doing. We had a lot of blue flags as we approached the hair pin and I rolled to the inside, giving him plenty of space so he knew I was there, but when we got to the apex he tried to hit it; I don’t know what was going on with that. There were some positives from today, but it would have been nicer to have finished a bit further up the road.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “To win in Montreal is a fantastic result for the team. Having come so close two years ago, to win in the dominant fashion that we did today was a tremendous performance, despite a couple of heart stopping moments, particularly when Seb touched the wall. He was totally commanding today and thoroughly deserved the victory. It was a shame for Mark that his race was compromised by van der Garde, who just seemed to shut the door on him for no reason damaging the front wing. But, despite that damage Mark did a tremendous job to still finish fourth.”
THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “A very classy performance from Sebastian today, but it wasn’t at all easy – he was pushing all the way. Montreal is one of those circuits that highlights a good overall package and everything came together today. The potential was there for Mark to score a podium, but the incident with van der Garde cost some time. All the same getting the first win in Canada for Red Bull and the first Renault-powered win since 2006 is a great end to the weekend.”
Grand Prix of Canada
Montreal, 9th June 2013
Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
ALONSO 2nd 1:32.23.551 14.408 70 1.16.203 69
1st stop Lap 16 New Medium
2nd stop Lap 47 New Medium
MASSA 8th 1:32.38.951 + 1 lap 70 1.16.939 69
1st stop Lap 17 New Supersoft
2nd stop Lap 41 New Medium
Weather: air 24/25 °C, track 32/34 °C. Sunny
Stefano Domenicali: “Today, we absolutely had to make up for the difficult day we had yesterday, because we knew the more normal weather would allow us to demonstrate our true potential. The podium was in our sights and we can claim to have hit the target, in a race that was complicated from start to finish by our grid positions. Fernando produced an absolutely extraordinary performance, especially when taking into account that today, our competitors operated at a really high level. Felipe also showed exactly what he could do: managing to bring home points after starting from the back was the best response to those who felt he was affected by the unfortunate incidents of the last few days. I must congratulate the winners, because even if it’s easier to get the job done when starting at the front, it’s also true that they managed to produce a perfect qualifying, a task which we know we must improve on. Today’s race demonstrated how two of our closest rivals, Red Bull and Mercedes, have managed to make a step forward and that’s the same direction we are working in, so that we can be contenders right to the end of the Championship”.
Fernando Alonso: “At the end of an extremely complicated weekend, this second place tastes like a win, because we were competitive and managed to fight with the front running drivers. You never feel in danger with them, because, even wheel to wheel at 320 kilometres per hour, they have the necessary intelligence and experience to know to leave a margin of safety. The overtaking moves on the two Mercedes had an almost identical dynamic, although maybe the pass on Hamilton was more intense because we were running at the same pace, while with Rosberg, I knew it was only a matter of the laps going by, thanks to the advantage of having the Medium tyres, while he was on the Supersoft. In terms of points this is a great result: now we only have Vettel ahead of us, who was untouchable here and deserved the victory. Even if he has increased his lead, there’s still a long way to go in the championship and there’s plenty of time to catch up. I don’t know if I could have done better if I’d started further up. Qualifying, even in the wet, is our weak point and an aspect we absolutely must improve on: we are working very hard on that, both back home and at the track.”
Felipe Massa: “I am very happy with my race today, which was a real battle from start to finish. After going off the track yesterday, I knew it wouldn’t be easy starting from sixteenth place, but I also knew I had a good car and I tackled the race on the attack, managing to pull off several nice passing moves. However, because of a problem with graining, I lost precious time behind Sutil in the Force India: that’s why I think a strategy based on using two sets of Medium tyres would have seen me gain at least one or two places. Even if I can’t be satisfied with this result it was still a positive day, in which we showed we had a good pace and that we were able to fight. Now I’m looking ahead to the next race with a lot of confidence, because Silverstone is very similar to Shanghai and Barcelona, where our car worked very well”.
Pat Fry: “The long straights and the DRS zones at the Montreal track, which usually help with overtaking, meant we were hopeful of being able to race up the order, while aware that starting from sixth and sixteenth would not make that an easy task, especially as the performance levels of the front runners were very similar today. Fernando got a great start and managed to pass Bottas, moving up to fifth. From then on, he did an amazing job of managing his tyres, pushing at the most opportune moments which brought him in touch with the leaders. The climb up to second place was a performance worthy of his talent, with some daring passing moves, like the one on Hamilton. Felipe fought hard all race long, also pulling off several overtaking moves, including a very important one on Raikkonen right at the end. Maybe if we had opted to fit Mediums at his first stop, Felipe could have gained another place. From the pit wall, we had to manage the race for both drivers in very different track conditions to what we experienced in the past couple of days and all in all, after all the difficulties we encountered yesterday, it was a good result. Now, our priority is still to improve our qualifying performance and on this front, we will try to do that right from the next race in Silverstone”.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2013 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Sunday June 9
“Not the race we were hoping to have”
- Started 12th
- Finished 11th
- Fastest lap 1m17.369s (+1.187s, 7th)
- Pitstops Two: lap 13 (2.83s) and 43 (3.15s) [Opt-Pri-Pri]
- Points 12 (13th)
“This wasn’t the race we were hoping to have.
“We tried our best to try and score a few points, but it was impossible to do any better than we did out there today. It’s a pity, because the car felt quite good during our installation laps. But the car didn’t work that well on the Option tyre, and we struggled to find enough grip.
“At Silverstone, I hope we can make a step forward. We brought some upgrades to this race, but didn’t really get the running we needed to verify them. Hopefully, they’ll work better at Silverstone.”
- Started 14th
- Finished 12th
- Fastest lap 1m17.458s (+1.276s, 8th)
- Pitstops One: lap 27 (2.29s) [Opt-Pri]
- Points 25 (10th)
“This wasn’t the best race for us as a team. It’s particularly tough because this circuit is usually very good to us.
“With hindsight, I think we’d have been better off starting on the Prime tyre, rather than the Option. During my first stint, all the two-stoppers pitted ahead of me, then came back to overtake me, so it was a bit tricky.
“However, we showed today that, irrespective of strategy, we wouldn’t have gone any faster.
“Our car tends to work better on fast and flowing circuits – such as Malaysia or China – so I’m looking forward to my home race at Silverstone at the end of the month. We tried some new parts this weekend, but they weren’t really suited for this type of circuit – they should work better at Silverstone, so I’m feeling positive about the future.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“This was a difficult afternoon. Credit goes out to Jenson and Checo – both drivers performed brilliantly, attacking when necessary, and driving with the foresight and caution needed to look after their tyres across long stints. They deserved to score points.
“Unfortunately, with the benefit of hindsight, we were a touch too conservative with our tyre management this afternoon. The Prime turned out to be a stronger tyre than we’d anticipated, and we could have exploited it for longer and further in the race than we did.
“The data that we’ve accumulated this weekend will nonetheless provide us with a useful basis from which to move forwards, and we’ve learned some valuable lessons this weekend.
“Our focus now turns to our home race at Silverstone. We’ll be doing our utmost to score a better result for the many British fans who’ll be supporting Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on home soil.”
Lotus F1 Team
Kimi Räikkönen equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of consecutive points finishes as he endured a difficult Canadian Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean fought through the field to temporarily occupy a points placing, before an unexpected second stop dropped him to 13th place from his back of the grid start in Montréal.
Kimi falls to third place in the Drivers’ Championship, with Fernando Alonso now in second, 12 points ahead of him. The team drops to fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, with Mercedes 20 points ahead in third.
Kimi started from P11 with a new set of supersoft tyres, changing to new mediums on lap 22.
Romain started from P22 on a new set of medium tyres, switching to new supersofts on lap 42 and new mediums on lap 53.
Today was Kimi’s 35th consecutive race finish – 27th consecutive with Lotus F1 Team – and 24th consecutive Grand Prix points finish; the latter statistic meaning he equals Michael Schumacher’s record.
Kimi Räikkönen, P9, E21-03
“It’s been a bad weekend, but at least we scored a few points”
“My race didn’t start very well and then my brakes were fading with the pedal going soft; similar to the problem we had on Friday. It wasn’t ideal but at least the brakes were good enough to slow me down for the corners. Unfortunately though it meant I lost a lot of time and wasn’t able to attack, plus we lost a few seconds in the pit stop which obviously didn’t help either. Most of my race was just following the cars in front and defending from those behind, so not the most enjoyable day nor the most enjoyable result. It’s been a bad weekend, but at least we scored a few points.”
Romain Grosjean, P13, E21-02
“It’s disappointing to miss out on the points”
“It was always going to be a tough race coming from the back, but it’s still disappointing to miss out on the points. Things were looking good until we switched to the option tyres, but they dropped off far quicker than we expected which forced us to stop again. Sadly that effectively put an end to our race as by that time there was no way back. After a promising start on Friday it’s not been the best weekend, but we had good pace last year at Silverstone so we’ll come back looking to put things right.”
Eric Boullier, Team Principal
“Today was certainly character building”
“Today was certainly character building. On the plus side, Romain drove a measured and mature race through the field and should have finished in the points had we not had to make a second stop, which wasn’t to our original plan. Kimi had a frustrating day, but still scored some points. We couldn’t show the pace we wanted this weekend and will be all the more focused when we get to Silverstone as we are obviously very keen to get our championship challenge back on track.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director
“We simply weren’t quick enough this weekend”
“We clearly haven’t been quick enough all weekend and we’ll go back to Enstone to analyse why. We’ll then react to those conclusions and hopefully get ourselves back up to where we want to be, which is fighting for podiums and wins. We have an aero test before Silverstone, a new bodywork package and other tweaks to come so there is plenty of potential to improve. We simply weren’t quick enough this weekend.”
Ricardo Penteado, Renault Sport F1 Team Support Leader
“That was a race to the finish, in many respects. Every lap we were changing settings to try to give an extra advantage over the competition, particularly from the starting positions we were in. The change in weather conditions changed fuel consumption so we had to play with that, plus we had to control the temperatures throughout the race as we were in traffic every lap. Getting P9 for Kimi keeps the points going, but we hope we can return to the front at the next race in Silverstone.”
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Lewis Hamilton finished on the podium today at the Canadian Grand Prix with team-mate Nico Rosberg taking fifth place.
Lewis scored his third podium finish in seven races with the team, finishing in third position
He completed a two-stop strategy with stops on laps 19 and 48, running option/prime/prime
Nico completed three pit-stops on laps 14, 31 and 57, running option/option/prime/prime
His third stop was precautionary after flat-spotting the right front and did not cost him track position
With a total of 25 points this afternoon, the team is now third in the Constructors’ Championship
Driver Car No. Chassis No. Result / Fastest Lap
- Lewis Hamilton 10 F1 W04 / 04 P3 1:16.354
- Nico Rosberg 9 F1 W04 / 03 P5 1:16.534
- Weather Fine
- Temperatures Air: 23-24 °C Track: 27-33 °C
The car felt fantastic today and I had good grip for the low-speed corners but we just weren’t quite on the pace of Seb and Fernando. I was on the maximum that I could possibly drive and we got absolutely everything out of the car today. It would have been nice to have kept second place of course but Fernando was very quick today and it was difficult to keep him behind. I got close to taking the place back but he was just that little bit too fast. Still I’m very pleased with third place and it was a strong points-scoring day for the team with Nico’s fifth place as well. We’ve taken a step up in the Constructors’ Championship which is great for the team and gives us a nice boost going into Silverstone.
I think fifth place was probably my optimum today and, even if my race had gone perfectly, I wasn’t able to match the pace of the guys in front. The guys had a difficult decision to make at the first stop: we were worried about the warm-up of the harder tyres, so we went for the option to protect my track position against Webber and Alonso, but in hindsight it would probably have been better to go the other way because I could have run a longer second stint. I scored some good points and we know that there are areas where we can still improve our performance. But looking back to where we were a month ago, we have made some good steps forward, and it was great for Lewis to be on the podium again. We are heading in the right direction and looking forward to the next race at Silverstone, in front of our team-mates from Brackley and Brixworth.
It has been rare in recent seasons to have backmarkers become such a factor in a race as they were today. They played a decisive role in the final result but getting through traffic is one of the challenges that you have to tackle in Formula One. The car performed reasonably well but we still had some anxiety about the tyre performance in the high temperatures, so we were managing the situation carefully, particularly in the opening laps of the stints. Lewis drove a very strong race although it was a shame that he could not quite hold on to second position in the closing laps. However, that wasn’t down to him but rather the fact that we still need to find a little more performance from our car to compete with Ferrari and Red Bull. Nico had a reasonably quiet race after a strong first stint and we will have to analyse if we could have made more of the car’s performance today with him. We called him in for a third stop as a precaution, because he had flat-spotted badly the right-front tyre badly and we had nothing to gain or lose in terms of track position. Overall, a positive afternoon and another strong two-car finish that is important for our position in the Constructors’ Championship.
Lewis and Nico did a great job on track today and it was nice to see Lewis on the podium again. He tried to hold off Fernando towards the end of the race but the Ferrari was just too quick today. Nico dropped back on the option tyre and our strategy didn’t quite come to him this afternoon unfortunately. Looking ahead, we know that we need to keep bringing performance to the car and that Silverstone will be a bigger test for our tyre management. But it’s the second race in a row that we have had both cars in the top five and that is building a good platform in the championship. Well done, too, to Sebastian and Red Bull today: they didn’t put a foot wrong all afternoon.
Sauber F1 Team
- Canadian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 09.06.2013
- Weather: sunny, 23-24°C air, 27-33°C track
The Canadian Grand Prix in Montréal is a weekend to forget for the Sauber F1 Team. Neither driver finished the race. Nico Hülkenberg had contact with another competitor when lapping on lap 48, which left him with a flat tyre. Esteban Gutiérrez locked up the front wheels and crashed into the barriers when exiting the pits after his second pit stop on lap 63.
Nico Hülkenberg: DNF
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
- Start on supersoft tyres, after 12 laps change to medium tyres, after 38 laps change to medium tyres, flat tyre on lap 48
“It’s disappointing to finish a race like this. Lapping can be troublesome, but these guys are racing too and have things happenings in the race, the same as us. I lapped Giedo van der Garde and braked. At first I didn’t feel anything until I came out of the corner and realised the car wasn’t going straight, so we decided to stop. Even after we lost positions at the start of the race, we didn’t really have the pace today. I was fighting for 14th and couldn’t do much more. Of course this is not an ideal way to end a race, but in the end we wouldn’t have gained much more.”
Esteban Gutiérrez: DNF
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
- Start on supersoft tyres, after 21 laps change to medium tyres, after 63 laps change to supersoft
“For the entire race the car was difficult to drive, and I was always pushing to the limit. Right from the start everyone was closing in. The first set of tyres was difficult to drive on and a one stop would have been impossible. When I came out from my second pit stop into the fist corner, I went over one of the bumps, the front locked up and I couldn’t stop.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“This is a weekend to forget. We knew this track wouldn’t really suit our car. If you have weaknesses on the car in addition to a track that doesn’t suit you, then it’s twice as hard. We have a lot of work to do.”
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The circuit’s characteristics were going to make it a hard day for our car. Ultimately it was a double DNF, which is very disappointing. On the strategy side we attempted a one stop with Esteban and a two stop with Nico, which was the base strategy today. But ultimately the tyre degradation and wear were too high for Esteban, so we had to convert to a two stopper late in the race and unfortunately he had the incident exiting the pits. Looking forward to Silverstone, that’s a track that should suit us better. We have to make sure to get the maximum out of our car.”
Sahara Force India F1 Team
2013 Canadian Grand Prix, Race Report
Sahara Force India celebrated its 100th race today and scored seven points with Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil finishing in seventh and tenth places in the Canadian Grand Prix.
P7 Paul Di Resta VJM06-04
Tyre strategy: New medium, new super-soft
Paul: “To finish the race in seventh having started 17th is a great result and a top job by the team. I didn’t manage to get any long run data on Friday so it feels extra sweet to make this one-stop strategy work with a very long stint on the mediums. It also feels good to come back so strong after a difficult qualifying session. The tyres lasted very well, the lap times were competitive and the team told me it was my decision about when to make my stop. As soon as I felt the tyres starting to drop off, I came in. Then it was a case of looking after the supersofts for the final few laps.”
P10 Adrian Sutil VJM06-03
Tyre strategy: New supersoft, new medium, new medium
Adrian: “That race was quite an adventure so it’s good to come away with a point given everything that happened. I had a spin when I tried to overtake Bottas, which cost me quite a few positions and I was lucky nobody hit me when I was in the middle of the track. I dropped back and the pack was bunched together, which is when Maldonado ran into the back of me and damaged my rear wing. Even with all those things I was running in eighth until the drive-through penalty. I don’t think it was a fair penalty because I too had to lap so many cars today and it sometimes took one or two laps, and that’s normal for this circuit. The penalty cost me two positions and three points.”
Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal
“It’s great to see both our cars in the points at our 100th Grand Prix. It brings our tally to 51 points and strengthens our fifth position in the championship. Paul showed his fighting spirit with a remarkable drive to seventh with just one stop. The car had great pace and he looked after his medium compound tyres extremely well. I don’t think anybody thought there were 56 laps in those tyres but he pulled it out of the bag. Adrian’s afternoon was rather more eventful, but it was a disappointment to pick up the penalty in the closing laps so it’s something we need to review. Overall I think we should be pleased with the outcome after a challenging weekend. The car remains competitive and we can hopefully carry our form into our local race at Silverstone at the end of the month.”
Canadian GP race
Sunday 09 June, 2013
• Valtteri Bottas finished 14th and Pastor Maldonado 16th in today’s Canadian Grand Prix.
• Starting from third on the grid, Valtteri struggled to match the pace of the front runners in the first stint on the supersoft tyres. Pastor also suffered high tyre degradation and then was compromised further by an early collision with Sutil which led to a drive-through penalty.
• The team will take positives from its performance in qualifying yesterday and will be working hard to improve the overall pace of the FW35 in time for its home race at the British Grand Prix.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We knew Valtteri’s grid position was not representative of our current pace, but we had hoped to be able to challenge for some points. The tyre degradation was quite high on the supersoft tyres though and we lost time in the first stint with both cars, which compromised our race. The medium tyre was working better which allowed us to do longer middle stints, but we weren’t able to gain an advantage on anyone around us. Pastor was also compromised by a drive-through penalty but then pushed hard to close the gap, finishing 16th..Valtteri drove a solid race without making any mistakes, but ultimately the pace wasn’t in the car to enable him to hold a top ten position today. We need to keep the momentum going following our qualifying performance to keep working hard to improve ahead of our home race at Silverstone.
Valtteri Bottas: We fought hard to try and secure some points today but ultimately we just didn’t have the pace in the car. I didn’t get a great start which allowed a few cars to jump me on the first lap, and in the dry conditions we simply couldn’t match the level of competitiveness we showed yesterday. The tyre wear in the first stint was also high which made it tough to stay in the top ten. Nevertheless I feel like I have learnt a lot from the race today and as a team we can take positives from the weekend. Hopefully we can continue to make progress and have a stronger race at Silverstone with the home crowd cheering us on.
Pastor Maldonado: We were expecting a better result today in the race. We knew we didn’t have the top speed to challenge at the front, but we struggled for pace right from the beginning of the race. The car felt better in the wet conditions compared to the dry hot weather we saw today so we need to understand why. After the good result with Valtteri yesterday, it was a tough weekend for us to end with neither car in the points. There are now three weeks until the next race so we need to keep working to improve our overall race performance.
Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader: There have been a lot of signs of improvement here this weekend so it’s a shame that we could not convert them into points. All the same third on the grid yesterday was a good confidence booster for everyone and something to take forward to the team’s home race in three weeks’ time.
Scuderia Toro Rosso
2013 CANADA GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 09/06/2013
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
- Position: 6th
“Incredible! I’m very happy. The best result for me of course, but also the highest finishing position since Vettel’s results for the team in 2008. It is even more satisfying, because it was a normal race in the dry, with no one going out in front of me so we achieved this position fair and square. It’s a great result for the team as we are making progress race by race and it’s very encouraging for the rest of the season. It wasn’t too complicated, because we had the pace to maintain that position, although we did not have the speed of those ahead. I passed Bottas and Raikkonen and from then I managed my race, keeping an eye on Sutil who was behind me for much of the time. That meant I could never ease up until the flag. After finishing eighth in Monaco, this result on another difficult track has boosted my confidence and I feel I have progressed as a driver. We must continue to push hard on the development of the car, starting with the next race at Silverstone, so that we can aim even higher than this.”
Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-04)
- Position: 15th
“I got a really good start, making up two positions off the line and then I was on the outside for Turn 2, which meant Hulkenberg took me back. When he ran wide at the chicane, I was ahead of him again and I gained another place when Sutil went off. At that point, I felt we could have a good race, but after just four laps, the car was oversteering like crazy and I couldn’t manage the tyres anymore. As the race went on, we tried to improve the car balance and maybe we improved it a bit, but our pace was really slow. We didn’t change so much on the car since Friday, so why we were so slow is a mystery to me at the moment.”
Franz Tost: “Jean-Eric’s sixth place is a fantastic result for him, the team here in Canada and everyone who works so hard behind the scenes in Faenza and Bicester. This is our best result since Daniel finished seventh in China and it is Jev’s best ever F1 finish position. Our car has been making steady progress over the last few races and that was confirmed yesterday, when despite the difficult conditions, we got both our cars into the top ten on the grid, even if Daniel then had to drop one place. Jev did a great job to keep his concentration on this difficult track, just as he did when he finished in the points in Monaco a fortnight ago and here, he also managed his tyres very well, which meant that once he had secured sixth place, he was able to keep it all the way to the flag. Daniel has had a tougher weekend and quite quickly in today’s race, he suffered a lack of grip at the rear and found the car unstable over the kerbs. But he can fight back from this disappointment and I expect both our drivers to challenge for points again in Silverstone in two weeks time.”
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX 2013
Montreal, Canada – 9th June 2013
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Race: Sunny, air temp 24° / track temp 34° (start), 24° / 34° (lap 35), 24° / 31° (lap 70)
Start on supersoft tyres
Lap 11: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 36: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Giedo van der Garde
Start on supersoft tyres
Lap 8: pitstop 1, medium tyres
Lap 32: pitstop 2, medium tyres
Lap 38: stop and go penalty
Lap 40: pitstop 4, medium tyres
Charles Pic, car 20, chassis CT03-#6: “My start was ok but into the first corner I had to brake early to avoid hitting one of the cars ahead and lost a couple of places.
“We went onto the mediums for the second stint and they held up well. The car balance kept improving as we went through the race and we stuck to the plan, pitting for the last time on lap 37 so we could run a long final stint to the flag.
“With about ten laps left I caught and passed Chilton and was given the instruction to push to the flag. From that point I couldn’t really gain on the car ahead so I just made sure we got to the end without any issues and finished the race 18th.”
Giedo van der Garde, car 21, chassis CT03-#4: “Today wasn’t a good day for me. I want to say sorry to Mark for the incident we had and I’ll make sure I learn from the stewards’ decision on the five-place penalty for the next race. Sometimes you make mistakes, but the important thing is to accept them, learn from them and move on.
“In the race itself I had a great start, passed four cars and was up to 17th by lap two. We’d started on the supersofts and the first set were done pretty quickly so we boxed on lap eight for a set of mediums and my pace on those for the first few laps was ok. I’m not sure why but not long into the stint the tyre temperatures started coming down and my laptimes dropped straight away. It was pretty frustrating as there was nothing I could do to get them to work so I just had to keep pushing on.
“On lap 33 I came back in for another set of mediums but then I had to box for the stop / go I had from the contact with Mark. The temperatures went straight up after the penalty and I had to come back in almost immediately so we could check the car and they found a visor tear-off in one of the radiators which had been causing problems for most of the race.
“Shortly after that I was heading towards the hairpin with Hulkenberg alongside. I moved over for him but he turned in in front of me in the braking zone and we made contact and that was the end of my race.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal, Caterham F1 Team: “A very bad day for us, to say the least. Since the start of the weekend we had a feeling that the race would be difficult for a number of reasons. First, in terms of aerodynamic setup, we never managed to find the right compromise between top speed and downforce with the parts available. We spent a lot of time on this issue, maybe losing sight of other important areas like the tyres and to what extent the very different weather conditions we had on the earlier part of the weekend and on Sunday and how dramatically that would affect tyre behaviour in the race. This is an area we must particularly investigate as our direct competitors went for a different strategy that clearly gave them an edge.
“The high tyre degradation, especially on Giedo’s car, meant that he received his first blue flag very early in the race and that contributed to the unfortunate events in the race that we never want to see as a team.
“Today’s race in Canada put a rather radical stop to the positive trend we have seen since Bahrain, and we have to reverse that for Silverstone and come back fighting there. We will have new parts for the British Grand Prix and we’re running another aero test next week, so we hopefully have the chance to make amends.”
Marussia F1 Team
HOME AND DRY
- Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2013 – The Race
- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
- Sunday 9 June 2013
- BIANCHI MR02-02 P17 1:18.873
- CHILTON MR02-03 P19 1:19.566
The Marussia F1 Team resumed their run of two-car finishes today as Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton brought their cars home in 17th and 19th positions respectively in a dry Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
The pair started the 70 lap race on the Pirelli PZero White Medium tyre and ran long into the race for nearly 40 laps, managing the tyre life exceptionally well before switching to the Red Supersoft until the flag.
In a race that has never favoured the Marussia F1 Team, this was the best combined result achieved in the four visits it has made to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Jules Bianchi #22
“It was good to be able to enjoy a dry race today because we were back on the pace we were showing earlier in the weekend in similar conditions. It was a little bit daunting to know we were planning a one stop strategy and would have to go so long on the Medium tyre, but my engineers and I kept in close contact and worked together to ensure we could manage the tyre life as we needed to. Although we had to be quite careful, in the end we got to 40 laps no problem, although it was good to switch to the Supersoft and be able to secure position. I think the result is quite pleasing and we are back where we need to be in terms of the competition. We hope for good things from our next step in Silverstone, where we will be aiming for a good performance in an important race for the Team.”
Max Chilton #23
“We got a good start but struggled on the first lap, then after a few laps we were able to see that our strategy was going to play out well for us. We started on the Medium tyre and ran long for just under 40 laps. I was quite pleased with how well we were managing the tyres even late on in that stint, so a good job from my engineers who were working with me to achieve that, enabling me to still be able to push hard on the last few laps before we pitted for the Supersoft. The early part of the second stint worked well but later on I was struggling with the tyre wear and I wasn’t able to defend my position from Pic. It was good to add to our tally of two-car finishes though and we can feel optimistic as we head towards a very important race for the Team and for me – our home race, the British Grand Prix.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“It was quite a tough morning for the engineers who were working with less data than we would normally have collected on the dry tyres over the course of the weekend here. Determining our starting tyre and overall strategy was always going to be tough. The opening laps of the race didn’t quite go as planned and we lost ground on the prime tyre, which suffered with warm-up. At this point it did feel like perhaps we hadn’t started the race the right way, however both the drivers and engineers did a good job to hold their nerve and allow the much improved durability of the prime tyre to show over the option tyre. We never expected for this to be a particularly good race for us but we’ve been working hard on improving our tyre wear life and we reaped the benefit of this focus with our first stint of around 40 laps. That really enabled us to gain good track position on the Caterhams. With a total of only two pit stops for the Team today we knew that each had to count and the mechanics did a fantastic job to service both cars in a quick time. Really then it was about managing the wear life on the Supersoft tyre and getting both cars to the end of the race. Overall we can be pleased that we have made progress at what has traditionally been a less than favourable circuit for our cars. We leave Canada pleased and in good spirits as we prepare for our home Grand Prix in three weeks’ time.”
2013 Canadian Grand Prix – Race
VETTEL WINS EFFORTLESSLY IN CANADA USING A TWO-STOP STRATEGY
Sebastian Vettel has taken his 29th career victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada, and the first at the circuit for Red Bull Racing. Vettel used a two-stop strategy to win the race and extend his championship lead, starting on the P Zero Red supersoft tyre, before switching to the P Zero White medium and completing the race with a final stint on this tyre.
Following wet conditions in qualifying, the race was entirely dry today. Even though they had a free choice of slick tyres with which to start the race, the top 10 all chose to begin on the supersoft. The softest tyre in Pirelli’s Formula One range proved to be up to a second faster than the medium with a rapid warm-up time, making it a key element of Vettel’s sprint strategy.
Force India’s Paul Di Resta was the highest-placed driver to try something different, having started from 17th on the grid with the medium tyre. The Englishman stopped just once after 56 laps on the medium compound to finish seventh. The Lotus of Romain Grosjean and the two Marussias were the only other cars to begin the race on the harder compound.
Having gathered very little experience of running on the slick compounds up to the race due to the wet weather, the teams had to adopt a flexible approach to their strategy today, with little information on relevant wear and degradation rates. As expected, both wear and degradation rates remained low.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “The Canadian Grand Prix was a slight step into the unknown for everybody, with track temperatures considerably higher than they had been in qualifying yesterday. Canada is one of the most challenging circuits for the rear tyres due to high traction demands– particularly after it has rained previously in the weekend, because the moisture has the effect of washing away all the rubber that has been laid down before, which decreases grip levels further. Despite that, wear and degradation was under control for all the frontrunners and there was little of the graining that is a common feature of this race as well. Mercedes still seems to be suffering from high levels of degradation with Nico Rosberg being the only driver in the top 10 having to use a three-stop strategy. While two stops was clearly the way to go, Paul Di Resta drove an excellent race to show what was possible with a one-stopper, completing 56 laps on his first set of medium tyres.”
Fastest times of the day by compound:
|First||WEB – 01:16.182||VER – 01:17.909||N/A||N/A|
|Second||ALO – 01:16.203||DIR – 01:17.957||N/A||N/A|
|Third||HAM – 01:16.354||GRO – 01:18.349||N/A||N/A|
Longest stint of the race:
|Supersoft||56 laps||Di Resta|
We predicted a two-stopper: starting on the supersoft, changing to the supersoft again on lap 20 and then finally to the medium on lap 40. This was not quite the strategy that Vettel followed today, with his first stop for the medium on lap 16 and his second on lap 49.
2013 Canadian Grand Prix – Starting tyre line-up
At the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix the drivers started on the following tyres:
|Van Der Garde||Supersoft|
Renault Sport F1
INFINITI RED BULL RACING dominates Canadian Grand Prix
· Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix by 14secs
· First win for Infiniti Red Bull Racing in Canada
· First Renault-powered win in Canada since 2006 (Renault F1 Team, Fernando Alonso)
· Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) and Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus F1 Team) finish in 4th and 9th respectively, putting three Renault-powered cars into the top 10
· Vettel leads the drivers’ title by 36 points over Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen is third
· Renault-powered cars have scored a total of 315 points in 2013, 45% of the points available
The Renault RS27 V8 engine powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel to a dominant win in today’s Canadian Grand Prix. The reigning world champion won the 70 lap race by 14secs over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, lapping every driver up to fifth position in the process. Starting from pole, Vettel scorched to his first-ever victory in Canada and extend his championship lead to 132 points to Fernando Alonso’s 96.
Team-mate Mark Webber finished in fourth having enjoyed a tightly fought battle with Alonso throughout the race. The Australian lost the position just before the mid-point of the race when he suffered front wing damage caused by an incident with Giedo van der Garde. He regained ground but finished just outside the podium.
Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen finished in ninth, continuing his unbroken points run dating back to 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix. The Finn had a tough race with Massa, who passed him for position on the final lap. Romain Grosjean finished in 13th, moving up nine positions from his grid slot.
Williams F1 Team had its most competitive overall performance so far this season. Valtteri Bottas qualified in third position for the race – the team’s best qualifying slot this year – and raced in the top 10 for the first part of the Grand Prix. He however dropped out of the top ten in the first round of pit stops and finished in 14th. Pastor Maldonado finished in 16th following a drivethrough penalty for his part in an accident.
Charles Pic (Caterham F1 Team) finished in 18th, the Frenchman overtaking the Marussia of Max Chilton in the closing stages of the race. Giedo van der Garde retired on lap 43 following accident damage.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads the constructors’ championship by 201points to Ferrari’s 145. Mercedes is third with 134 while Lotus F1 Team is fourth with 114.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
We are delighted to see Red Bull score its first win in Canada, and to do so in such style. Seb made it look easy out there, and pulled out a comfortable lead. This in turn gave us certain advantages as we were able to manage engine performance more efficiently, which could be useful for future races. Montreal is one of those circuits that shows whether the chassis-engine package is working well, so this bodes positively for the rest of the season. Mark was unlucky to miss out on a podium but all the same, scoring the first win for the team is great news, plus it’s the first win for a Renault-powered car in Montreal since 2006.
Overall it’s been a good weekend for us, with three Renault-powered cars in the top ten. Red Bull and Lotus remain right in the hunt for the championship. Between them, they have scored 45% of the points available this year, which is a hugely impressive statistic for us at this point in the year. More positive is that reliability has matched the performance, giving us a good basis going forward into the second part of the season.
Brakes and backmarkers!
Mark drove a typically tenacious race in Montreal to finish the Canadian Grand Prix in fourth place. He started fifth after a very unpredictable qualifying session in which the damp track conditions were only good enough for intermediate tyres, and he made immediate progress when he got away well from the line.
“It was a pretty good start,” says Mark, “but it was important not to get stuck behind [Valtteri] Bottas early on because it was clear that the Williams had qualified out of position – thanks to a great effort from Valtteri in qualifying. I passed him at Turn 2 for fourth place and set about chasing down [Nico] Rosberg.”
Mark passed Rosberg, but it took longer than expected due to some overheating problems on his RB9.
“The car ran very hot when I was in traffic,” says Mark. “The brakes in particular were boiling, so I kept having to pull out of Nico’s slip-stream to cool everything down. Once I’d got the temperatures under control, I was able to line him up and pass him.”
Having passed Rosberg, Mark looked set for a podium until an incident at the Hairpin with Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde compromised the remainder of his race.
“He’d been shown lots of blue flags on the run to the Hairpin,” says Mark, “but he can’t have seen them. I went down his inside and got completely on the inside kerb, but he still decided to try and make the apex and I had nowhere to go. It seems some drivers have to spend too much time concentrating on driving and aren’t aware what’s going on around them.”
As a result of this accident, Mark’s front wing lost the whole of its top left section and cost him a lot of performance. However, he elected not to pit for a new one because it would have cost him too much time and in the end he came home 9s behind third-placed Lewis Hamilton.
“It’s very frustrating when your race is compromised by something that’s out of your control,” says Mark, “but it is what it is. Next we go to Silverstone, which is a track that I enjoy a lot. It’s one of those circuits where an F1 car is in its element, particularly through the fast corners like Copse and Becketts. It’s like a home race for me because I live just down the road and commute to the track from my house every day. I won there last year after a great dice with Fernando [Alonso] and I’d love to open my 2013 account there this year.”
The British Grand Prix is on 30 June.