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Three key moments of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix
Posted on 13 June 2016
Ferrari close the gap
Ferrari didn’t win the race in Canada, but they can be very pleased with their performance, which was much more competitive than they have been. The team has been waiting on a new turbo for the engine, to fix a problem which had meant that they couldn’t use all the power of the engine. It certainly worked and the car was close to Mercedes’ pace in Montreal. Sebastian Vettel qualified a tenth of a second behind the pole sitter, the closest margin since Vettel took pole in Singapore last year. And in the race he was able to hold Hamilton off in the opening stint. Strategy decided the outcome, with Ferrari opting for two stops and Mercedes for one, which proved the better call. But Ferrari will have more chances this season to win
Bottas back on the podium
Valtteri Bottas stood on the Montreal podium for the second year in succession after a fantastic performance in the Williams. Qualifying had put him down in seventh place behind the Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari cars, but he did the same one stop strategy as Lewis Hamilton, pitting on Lap 25 and this gave him track position advantage over the Red Bulls and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Bottas has always excelled in Canada and this was another example. It was a much needed result as the Finn has had a poor start to the season. It’s a relief for Williams too after a miserable weekend in Monaco last time out.
Starts are unpredictable
Once again the start delivered a shake up of the order, with Sebastian Vettel able to lead into Turn 1 ahead of the pole sitter Lewis Hamilton, who nudged his team mate off track dropping him down to 9th place. Since the FIA changed the rules on starts with a single clutch and drivers forced to manage the procedure alone, we have had far more variable starts, which has made for better racing. That’s one rule change that has really worked.