The ninth stage of Formula 1 – in the traditionally subjective assessments of the author.
Fernando Alonso – 9.5
Throughout the race, the Spaniard battled with Lewis Hamilton and eventually managed to overtake him, despite the fact that the fuel gauge showed incorrect data and forced him to drive more carefully. Perfect weekend except for a mediocre start – keeping Fernando in position before the first corner – and he would not have to fight anyone.
Max Verstappen – 9
This weekend Verstappen once again won qualifying, was in the lead from start to finish and out of reach of his rivals, winning by a safe margin. However, towards the end of the race, Max momentarily lost concentration and cut the corner, and if the rivals were any closer, this could cost Red Bull victory.
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Alejandro Albon – 8.5
This Canadian Grand Prix was one of the best of Albon’s career. After the restart, Alex drove 58 laps in a “hard” game, slowing down a whole group of drivers, and the day before he was the first to dare slicks in qualifying. The only mistake of the weekend was the cut in Q3, so the Thai ran out of time in the final.
An excellent weekend from a former champion who appears to be back in top form. However, Lewis was unable to keep Fernando Alonso behind, although Aston Martin had no obvious speed advantage, and the Spaniard did not fight back towards the finish line; brake overheating in traffic likely played a role. Regardless, this is Hamilton’s second consecutive podium finish.
Alonso, Newey, Verstappen and Hamilton on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix
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Carlos Sainz – 7.5
In qualifying, Sainz showed only the eighth time and, in addition, received a fine for interfering with Gasley before the last lap, but he went through the race with confidence and confidence. After the restart, Carlos dropped Perez by six seconds, ultimately securing a top-5 finish, already his fourth in the last five races.
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Esteban Ocon – 7.5
At the start of the race, the Frenchman stormed into fifth, but after Russell’s crash, Alpin quickly called Esteban into the pits, prescheduling a second pit stop at half the distance. To drive the rest of the race on the “hard”, as Albon did, Okon did not dare and therefore finished behind.
Nico Hulkenberg – 7.5
A good qualifying result unfortunately brought no dividends in the race. Haas ate his tires very quickly, and Hulkenberg was one of the first to look for new tyres, which played a cruel joke on him when the safety car came out. Also, let’s not forget that the Hulk himself called a penalty when he didn’t slow down enough under the red flags, and then missed the window at the start.
For five straight races, the Hulk hasn’t gotten higher than 15th.
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Pedro Gasly – 7
Gasley’s difficult weekend was predetermined by external circumstances: in qualifying, the Frenchman almost collided with a slowed-down Sainz, and in the race, due to an early pit stop, he finished at the back of the field behind a safety car. Pierre didn’t get a chance to play a hero this time, however he finished 0.8sec off the top 10.
Carlos Leclerc – 6.5
For the second time in a row, Leclerc failed to pass in Q2, and this time it was not the behavior of the car and not even the type of tyres: Charles lost 0.76sec to Sainz using exactly the same tyre. The tactic of a pit stop eventually brought the Monegasque to fourth, but if he hadn’t made a mistake in qualifying, he would have had a chance to fight for the podium. We also point out that although Leclerc spent the entire race ahead of Carlos, there is no merit for the Monegasque in the penalty received by his teammate.
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Valtteri Bottas – 6.5
At the start, the Finn lost two positions to only 16th, but managed to get into the top 10 when he did not pit during the safety car. As a result, Bottas finished in the group behind Albon, and despite skipping Stroll at the finish line, he earned a point for Alfa Romeo.
Bottas’ tenth place allowed Alfa Romeo to overtake Haas in the Constructors’ Championship
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Oscar Piastri – 6.5
For Piastri, qualifying ended with a setback in Q3, but as an excuse, we point out that McLaren would hardly have climbed much higher than tenth. Anyway, in Oscar’s race, after a good start and a run up to sixth, he finally dipped and finished behind Stroll and Bottas.
Spear Walk – 6
In the race, Lance was unlucky with the safety car appearing literally on the next lap after the pit stop, but then the Canadian bounced back with a second early stop: on lap 42, when tires were changed and the rest, the Aston Martin driver was ahead of Hulkenberg, Tsunoda and Zhou, and passed Bottas towards the finish line. Quite a good race after a mistake in qualifying (pivot and Alonso lost 1.7 seconds in Q2).
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Lando Norris – 6
Lando got off to a weak start and lost ground to his teammate, then tried to gain a couple of seconds by slowing down the field in a massive pit stop behind the safety car. This only resulted in a five second penalty and the loss of a top 10 spot. From the outside it is impossible to understand whose decision to slow down, but it obviously turned out to be a mistake.
Pit lane maneuvers cost Norris his place in the top 10
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The failed qualifying and a blocking penalty sent Tsunoda to the last row of the starting grid, and the team decided to risk a pit stop as early as the first lap, but this tactic did not pay off in the end. After the second stop at half the distance, Yuki was far behind and could no longer make the top 10.
In the rain, qualifying on an unknown track obviously wasn’t easy for the American rookie, but 1.4sec behind Albon is too much. Logan was unable to make his way to the start from 18th, and after a few laps behind De Vries, technical problems arose, a weekend that was not very eventful.
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Guanyu Zhou – 5
Zhou, unlike Sargent, this track is familiar from last year, but Guanyu also failed in qualifying (a second from Bottas), and in the race he missed all opportunities when he went to the second pit stop on lap 32 – 14th place eventually became 15th.
Kevin Magnussen – 5
In qualifying, the Dane lost 1.37sec to his team-mate, and in the race, Haas wore out his tires too quickly in traffic, preventing Kevin from staying in the top 10. The weekend was finally ruined on lap 35 when de Vries led Magnussen into the safety pocket.
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Sergio Perez – 4.5
Another toothless performance from a Mexican who considers himself a rival to Verstappen. After an uncertain qualifying, Cheko started from outside the top 10 and, due to the tactic of a pit stop, worked his way up to sixth position, but Sergio’s pace was rather weak, and in the final stretch he lost ten seconds with Sainz.
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george russell – 4
In Canada, Russell was supposed to score 12 points for fourth, but in the chase Hamilton and Alonso got greedy at turn eight and flew into the wall. To the Briton’s credit, it should be noted that in the future he fought excellently, was eighth and scored points, but the possible result would still not make up for the loss. This is George’s third big mistake in the last five races.
Nick deVries – 3
De Vries was racing in Canada for the first time and lost to Tsunoda in qualifying in the rain not as much as, say, Sargent or Stroll, but during the race Nick made two mistakes, ran Magnussen off the track and naturally finished last. Such a performance will clearly not convince Helmut Marko to extend his contract.