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F1 recap - Canada


From Monaco to Canada, then back to France. It is a strange part of the F1 calendar right now, but no less significant of course. Ferrari are still trying to make things competitive, but Mercedes just seem to be a different kind of unbeatable right now. The latest F1 recap right here after the Canada GP from my F1 inside man.


F1 Recap - Canada

On this leg of the travelling circus, we’ve gone all the way to French Canada, the best Canada in the land!

Stroll was on home soil and it’s always nice to hear a man with a lisp attempt speaking a bit of French. This was actually a great race for him but more on that later.
We had a lot to talk about in this race, the most obvious being how Vettel was penalised for a mistake and oversteer correction as he re-entered the race course, blocking off Hamilton’s overtake attempt and, despite finishing ahead of Lewis, was given a 5 second time penalty and finished 2nd.

He was sublime all weekend though, with pole, good pace and an amazingly tenacious drive. It just shows that, when battling Lewis for the championship, every single mistake will be exploited.
Hamilton’s car had a hydraulic leak in the morning of Sunday, surely something similar to what caused Stroll’s car to explode in one of the practice sessions, so the car was in bits just hours before the race. The car was then shown to have a soft brake pedal, so the team bled the brake system on the grid. One wonders what kind of situation is necessary for this team to be on the back foot?
On to the rest of the pack, we have a lot of interesting talking points, with the first being that Danny Ric qualified 4th, ahead of BOTH Red Bulls and Bottas in the Mercedes. Hopefully this shows that they’ll be able to start bridging the gap between the midfield and the top three teams, though in the race, he just could not hold off Bottas or Verstappen.
This meant that the pair of Danny Ric and Nico Hulkenburg finished 6th and 7th.

A talking point on where the second Red Bull finished, Pierre Gasly in 8th, shows that he is not on top of how to bring the best out of his car. After a pitstop, Gasly languished behind Stroll for ages, seemingly unable to get past. The upshot of this was that Stroll, who qualified quite badly and way down the order, managed his tyres so well that he overcut all kinds of other midfield rivals.

There have been rumours of Gasly being biffed off in favour of Hulkenberg next year but who knows if RB would be this ruthless. Gasly just has to be better. He did it with Toro last year and I’m sure he’ll get it during the year at some point.
The McLarens were decent but Norris MELTED his rear left brake assembly, something we don’t see too often. I can tell you with intimate knowledge, that brake duct assemblies are some of the most fiendishly difficult things to design, with trying to hold the brake disc in the 400 to 800 (up to 1200) degree range and not totally melt all of the sensors and metallic components around it. I suspect that debris blocked off a duct inlet and made the temps skyrocket.

Sainz, who is the leader of the midfield pack, was overtaken right at the end by Kvyat in the Toro and missed out on the last point, not something anyone predicted, I think Kvyat could be a dark horse in this year’s season.
The Haas drivers did not have a strong package here, they are really struggling to understand their tyres. Alfa did not have good pace either, and are likely also struggling with the 2019 Pirelli spec. There were some murmurs of how Mercedes influenced the 2019 spec of thinner rubber than previously used, which suits them and only them. The other 9 teams are not really anywhere as close to understanding the operating window of these tyres.
Strange tidbit of info around engineers at F1 teams, there are literally teams of people staring at simulations all day long, with some dedicated ONLY to tyres. Modelling contact patches, carcass and surface temperature, heat transfer from brake to rim to tyre, and as preposterous as this sounds, obvious MB are showing why that’s so important.
Williams are in need of some pace, I think they have upgrades coming but I don’t know how they make up 2-3 seconds per lap to the back of the midfield.
On sponsors in F1, and the amazingly tenuous grasp on reality some of them have, you’ll notice that in a lot of countries where cigarette marketing is illegal, like Canada, Aus and a few others, Ferrari will be removing their “Mission Winnow” stickers and McLaren will be without their “a better tomorrow”. This is the height of irony as British American Tobacco and Philip Morris both profit from cancerous death and somehow we still have ways for them to invent shell companies for the purpose of motor racing sponsorship and selling cigarettes to impressionable young people.
The funniest story is of Rich energy, with a seemingly homeless looking fellow as their CEO and no cans of this energy drink actually on store shelves. How can a company that has enough cash to be a title sponsor of a whole F1 team, not have their product on shelves????
Some people have been experimenting by ordering online, through their bizarre website that looks reminiscent of the Fyre festival “before” photos and videos. Can’t wait to see the after. They’ve just had a judgement against them in court, to remove their company logo, as it was clearly plagiarised from Whyte bicycles, who coincidentally have a minor sponsorship deal with Williams.

When you look at the two logos, one wonders what was going through the designer’s mind when they thought this was acceptable.


Next stop, the French GP.

Tags: f1 canada, canadian gp, lewis hamilton, sebastian vettel


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