Montreal: lifelong memories are made

Montreal: lifelong memories are made

Postby meteorite » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:29 pm

Practice day dawned bright, clear and hot, with a track temperature of 44C. The grandstands were packed - unusual for any practice day at any race. Did they feel some magic in the air?

Certainly the omens were good for some seriously spectacular racing. It's been a rugged season so far. Mercedes got caught out early on, when their cars built to the new Formula couldn't seem to get their tires to work quite right, although their emergency acquisition of Valterri Bottas when Rosberg unexpectedly retired performed with the brilliance that got him to F1 in the first place. But Lewis Hamilton has been struggling with a car unsuited to his driving style and is at present 25 points - a race win - behind Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel, who is getting more of a challenge from teammate Kimi Raikkenen than from the Mercedes team. But Mercedes have been promising a resurgence.

Today Hamilton led practice, then got into a duel with Vettel, a four-time Champion not inclined to yield easily. They topped the first qualifying session. Then in Qualifying 2, Hamilton snatched P1 from Vettel, though he had to break the existing track record for Le Circuit to do so. Then with pole on the line in Q3, Hamilton broke the record again, as did Vettel, but the Ferrari driver fell a third of a second short. Row two was also Mercedes - Ferrari, Bottas being the marginally faster of the two Finns.

With qualifying finished, the three top drivers were taken down to the natural amphitheatre formed by the packed stands surrounding turn one. Hamilton's introduction noted that it was his sixth pole in Montreal, his 65th pole overall tying him with his lifelong idol Ayrton Senna (only Michael Schumacher at 68 has more), and the fastest speed ever achieved on a Montreal lap. Vettel and Bottas were also interviewed before attention returned to Hamilton. He was asked to look up at a yellow spot in the grandstand crowd, and wait while it was brought to him. It was a glass box containing a race-worn helmet that he late great Senna had worn while driving for Lotus, presented by the Senna family.

Hamilton was quite overcome, and could barely choke out his thanks through his tears. Clearly of all his trophies, no matter how long his carer lasts or records he achieves, this will mean the most. And this day one of the most memorable of his life.

The rest of the grid qualified like this:

09 11 Jun 2017 Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montréal

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.692 1:12.496 1:11.459 21
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.046 1:12.749 1:11.789 21
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.685 1:12.563 1:12.177 20
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:13.548 1:12.580 1:12.252 23
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:13.177 1:12.751 1:12.403 26
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:13.543 1:12.810 1:12.557 28
7 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:13.435 1:13.012 1:12.858 27
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:13.470 1:13.262 1:13.018 22
9 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:13.520 1:13.320 1:13.135 22
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:13.804 1:13.406 1:13.271 24
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.802 1:13.690 18
12 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:13.669 1:13.693 18
13 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:14.051 1:13.756 19
14 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:13.780 1:13.839 21
15 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:13.990 1:14.293 20
16 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:14.182 11
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:14.209 14
18 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:14.318 11
19 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:14.495 11
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:14.810 10

Q1 107% Time - 1:17.772

An interesting grid, with ever-reliable Felipe Massa separating the Red Bulls from the insurgent Force Indias, and Nico Hulkenberg again getting more out of the Renault than th makers put in. The bottom five were thwarted in their ambitions to improve their times when one limping car, and another crashed, brought out local yellow flags spoiling their final banzai laps.

Tomorrow could be quite exciting with lots of action down the field. And who will fall prey to the Wall of Champions?
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Re: Montreal: lifelong memories are made

Postby meteorite » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:28 pm

Can it ever get better for Lewis Hamilton? Riding his emotional high from yesterday's memorable events, he came to the grid, aced the start, and set off for a quiet Sunday drive along the banks of the St. Lawrence River and Seaway canal. The sun shone brightly, the stiff and gusty breeze was mastered by all the participants, and the crowd it seemed rarely stopped cheering. Lewis just easily and happily demonstrated that whatever problems have plagued Mercedes of late, they are currently well under control. Late in the race he made his tire change stop without even losing his lead as he motored serenely to his win.

Behind, all hell broke loose. At the start Vettel moved a bit left to defend against Bottas in the first turn, which was all the invitation Max Verstappen needed to rocket up beside him and pass him on the outside. When Vettel tried to move right for the entry to the next corner, Verstappen, not fully by, drove over his front wing. This resulted in a pit stop for a new Ferrari nose cone that dropped Vettel to 19th place.

It was 18th because behind, Grosjean's Haas didn't see Carlos Sainz passing and gave him a swat that tossed the Red Bull off the track, collecting and innocent and unsuspecting Massa in the process. Grosjean got off with a nose cone replacement.

After the safety car interlude the race settled in. Early on an electrical fault stopped Max Verstappen at the side of the racecourse, while later Danil Kyvat came to grief. Raikkonen held a running engineering consultation with his pit as to how to get his cranky and overheating brakes working again. The Force Indias of Perez and Ocon squabbled between themselves to get a crack at Ricciardo until Vettel, charging back from dead last, passed both but too late to pass the Aussie before the chequer. The final results look like this:

2017 - RACE RESULT

09 11 Jun 2017 Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montréal

Race
Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 1:33:05.154 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 70 +19.783s 18
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 70 +35.297s 15
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 70 +35.907s 12
5 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 70 +40.476s 10
6 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 70 +40.716s 8
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 70 +58.632s 6
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 70 +60.374s 4
9 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 69 +1 lap 2
10 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 69 +1 lap 1
11 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 69 +1 lap 0
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 69 +1 lap 0
13 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 69 +1 lap 0
14 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 69 +1 lap 0
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 68 +2 laps 0
16 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 66 DNF 0
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 54 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 10 DNF 0
NC 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 0 DNF 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 0 DNF 0

To keep the crowd happy, Lance Stroll became the first Canadian river not a member of the Villeneuve family to score F1 points. Mercedes resumed the lead in the Manufacturer Championship and Hamilton's deficit in the driver championship was cut to 12 points. For bragging rights, Lewis Hamilton also set fastest lap. Even Ferrari has the consolation of Vettel's outstanding drive from last to a podium challenge.

It was the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix, the 150th year of Canada's Confederation, and the city of Montreal's 375th anniversary of its found. The race was fully consistent with the celebrations.
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