Canadian GP

Behind Max Verstappen the rain soaked final Canadian GP qualifying results were very interesting.

Niko Hulkenberg qualified in second place in front of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Unfortunately Niko was penalized for a red-flag infringement during qualifying. This put him back three places to 5th place.

The Canadian GP qualification period showed two F1 developments.

  • Mercedes is back in the game – although still a long way behind Max Verstappen
  • Ferrari is still struggling
  • McLaren’s new upgrades have made a difference and they are moving up the pack.
Canadian gp
1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing01:20.901:19.101:25.926
2Fernando AlonsoAston Martin01:21.501:19.801:27.325
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes01:21.601:20.401:27.626
4George RussellMercedes01:21.801:20.101:27.925
5Nico HulkenbergHaas (Qualified
2nd but penalized to 5th)
6Esteban OconAlpine01:22.101:20.401:27.925
7Lando NorrisMclaren01:22.001:19.301:28.026
8Carlos SainzFerrari01:22.201:19.901:29.326
9Oscar PiastriMclaren01:22.201:19.701:31.324
10Alexander AlbonWilliams01:21.901:18.7DNF24
11Charles LeclercFerrari01:21.801:20.622
12Sergio PerezRed Bull Racin01:22.201:21.023
13Lance StrollAston Martin01:22.701:21.520
14Kevin MagnussenHaas01:22.401:21.721
15Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo01:22.301:21.824
16Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri01:22.711
17Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault01:22.911
18Nyck De VriesAlphatauri01:23.112
19Logan SargeantWilliams01:23.314
20Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo01:23.311

The Main Canadian GP F1 Race

2023 Canadian GP start

Once again dominant display was provided by Max Verstappen who led from the start to finish line of the race. He was so secure in his position that he was making humorous comments to his team over the radio.

The victory was especially sweet for Max has his number of F1 wins draws alongside the legendary Ayrton Senna.

1Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT7033:58.3
3Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES70+14.168s
4Charles LeclercFERRARI70+18.648s
5Carlos SainzFERRARI70+21.540s
6Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT70+51.028s
7Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES70+60.813s
8Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT70+61.692s
10Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI70+64.432s
11Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES70+65.101s
12Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT70+65.249s
13Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES70+68.363s
14Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT70+73.423s
15Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI69+1 lap
16Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI69+1 lap
17Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI69+1 lap
18Nyck De VriesALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT69+1 lap

The Real Fight Was Between Fernando Alonso And Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton Vs Fernando Alonso

The real fight was happening behind Max behind the two od team mates Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. The two traded places several times during the event. Fernando started in P2 but Lewis had a better start and arrived at the first corner in second place.

He held Alonso off for 21 laps. The two drivers pitted together, and after almost colliding in the pit lane, Fernando overtook Lewis on lap 22.

When the three podiums winners (Max, Fernando and Lewis) were in the cooling down room after the race Lewis complained that “We suck in the lower speed corners.”

“We suck in the lower speed corners”

Lewis Hamilton

George Russel Ruined His Own Day At The Canadian GP

George Russel was giving a great driving display in P4, often threatening Fernado Alonso when he was in P3. Unfortunately he put paid to any podium hopes he had at the Turn 8-9 chicane on Lap 12. He hit the wall and blew his right rear tire.

After managing to drive back to the pits on three wheels new tires were put on and he was back in the race – albeit in last position.

He drove well and moved up the ranks until lap 55. The right rear brake duct had been damaged and the brake was overheating. He received the call he was probably dreading – to retire!

Sergio Perez Put Up A Lackluster Performance At The Canadian GP

Sergio Perez is struggling. He had an unfortunate tire choice in qualifying which ended up relegating him to 12th place on the grid. Although he moved up to 6th place it was an uninspiring drive, and made it look like Max and Sergio were driving two different cars!

Ferrari Are Still Struggling At The Canadian GP

The two Ferrari driver (Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz) were two of only five who stayed out while the safety car was deployed.

This gave them track position (4th and 5th) which they held onto until the end of the race. If that had not happened they would have finished further down the order. Thankfully the team made a good call (not always the case) and the two drivers finished well.

Alex Albon (WIlliams) Had A Great At The Canadian GP

With a mixture of great strategy and good driving, Alex Albon finished in a mighty (for Williams) 7th place. The Williams may nit be as good on the corners but straight line speed is definitely up there. He managed to prevent several attempted overtakes by Lando Norris (McLaren).

Esteban Ocon At The Canadian GP

Esteban achieved an 8th place finish – so no beers from Jeremey Clarkson this week.

Lando Norris Had His Points Removed

Talking of Lando Norris, he finished in 9th place, but was pushed back to P13 (behind his team mate Oscar Piastri.) the penalty was applied. He was penalized for “un-sportsman like conduct” after he backed the pack up to clear the way for a McLaren ‘double-stack’ in the pits.

Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly achieved an unexciting 10th place.

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