Formula One: 'Unlikely' Is The Word to Define The Canadian Grand Prix

Sheiban ShakeriSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2008

The dust from the Canadian Grand Prix hasn't settled yet, but it is already a very memorable race!

After Adrian Sutil's breakdown of his Force India racer, the safety car came out and all the drivers dove into the pitlane to get fresh rubber and fuel, and the red light at the end of the lane played havoc again!

With all the drivers stopping at the red light as all good citizens should, race leader Lewis Hamilton lost concentration and rammed his world championship rival, Kimi Raikkonen, in the back, giving both of them an early bath. It looked like a race incident, but it will be investigated by the race stewards.

Heidfeld inherited the lead after the pitlane havoc, and after he pitted, we had Barichello, Coulthard and Trulli take the lead. Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima became casualties later on. The former after over-steering and the latter after slamming into the back of Jenson Button. Giancarlo Fisichella had a spin on lap 52, but it did not affect any of the frontrunners since they were already fuelled up to the end.

This is the first Grand Prix since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix that neither a McLaren nor a Ferrari have taken the checkered flag first and this was the first time since the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix that the German anthem has played.

In the end, Robert Kubica, the first Polish driver in Formula One, took his first ever win, and Nick Heidfeld took maximum points for the BMW Sauber team! David Coulthard rounded out the top three, while Timo Glock finished fourth, Felipe Massa made it fifth with Jarno Trulli sixth, Rubens Barichello took seventh and Sebastien Vettel made it two points finishes in a row with eighth and the last points paying position.

This was the first time since the 2006 American Grand Prix that McLaren did not score points, with Heikki Kovalainen coming in ninth, while harassing Vettel for the last points spot.

Overall, a great race, an unlikely win for Robert Kubica, and an even more unlikely 1-2 finish for BMW. A lot of promise for BMW Sauber, and this season has turned into a threeway battle for the title!