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Canadian Grand Prix Double Success for McLaren

by F1Fan on June 15, 2010

The Canadian Grand Prix lived up to its reputation as a fast, exciting incident filled Grand Prix and the hardest circuit on the Braking system of a formula One car of the formula One season.

This year the no refueling rules added another complexity to the race with tire degradation and tire management becoming critical issues in race Strategy. McLaren got right and ended up finishing one two, with Hamilton on the top step of the podium and Button just behind. While Red Bull got it wrong and even though Webber led the race for a long stint in the middle of the race his tires went off eventually costing him the lead.

Both McLaren’s were on the softer “Option” tires at the start of the race while Red Bull was on the “Primes”. After the results obtained during practice everyone expected the Option tire to degrade quickly, but no one expected the Prime tires to go off after only 14 laps, especially Red Bull.

Canadian Grand Prix Final Results (Top Ten)

PositionDriver
Nationality
DriverTeamGrand Prix
Points
1GBLewis HamiltonMcLaren25
2GBJenson ButtonMcLsren18
3SpainFernando AlonsoFerrari15
4GermanySebastian VettelRed Bull Racing12
5AustraliaMark WebberRed Bull Racing10
6GermanyNico RosbergMercedes GP8
7PolandlRobert KubicaRenault F16
8SwitzerlandSebastien BuemiToro Rosso4
9ItalyTonio LiuzziForce India2
10GermanyAdrian SutilForce India1
last updated June 15, 2010
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Not trying to diminish Hamilton and Buttons performance who drove brilliantly throughout the race, but in the final analysis it all came down to tyre strategy. Mclaren got it right and Red Bull didn’t.

The Ferrari’s were fast in Canada as well and seem to be making up the gap to the Red Bull and Mclaren cars. Unfortunately Massa was involved in an incident with the Force India cars of Sutil and Liuzzi in the first corners which pretty much ruined his race, but his team mate Alonso was fighting for the lead constantly during during the race finishing in a well earned third position.

For those of you that didn’t get to see the race you missed what was most likely the best race of the season by far, the lead changed multiple times, different teams and drivers were fastest at different times during the race, and there was a good amount of overtaking throughout the field, so it kept you on edge as to who would be able to claim the final victory. Even in the closing laps Hamilton’s tires were shot and his team mate Button was closing fast but unlike Turkey where the two teammates almost crashed as Button attempted to overtake Hamilton, this time Hamilton managed to maintain his lead or just perhaps Button backed off a bit.

A great result for McLAren, Hamilton and Button, and it gave something for the English fans to cheer about after England’s lack luster performance in their first game of the World Cup, managing only at draw with the US team.

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