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Lewis Hamilton Wins the Most Exciting Race of 2010 in Canada

Patrick AllenAnalyst IJune 13, 2010

MONTREAL - JUNE 13:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes leads into the first corner at the start of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 13, 2010 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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I really hoped my favourite F1 event of 2010 wouldn’t disappoint and it certainly didn’t!

That was without a doubt the best race this season, and if I’m honest, I can’t really see it being beaten. (well, maybe in Brazil?)

Anyway, the racing was close, exciting and eventful and I can’t remember writing as much since that historic Brawn victory back in Australia 2009.

The tension was clear from the start as a Gear Box change forced Webber back to P7 thus promoting Button, Alonso, and Saturday’s other hero, Liuzzi.

The two top teams, Red Bull and McLaren, were on different strategies, the prospect of a safety car was strong, and that first corner just oozed with potential.

The lights went out and the top drivers sped away cleanly. I held my breath as they darted into turn one. Finally some real action off the line as, whilst a BMW Sauber and a Renault spun off in the background, Liuzzi and Massa turned into bumper car drivers at the front.

Petrov was the Renault man and de la Rossa the Sauber victim. The Russian had started relatively well but had just touched the grass with his right rear wheel.

This sent the car spinning into a defenceless Sauber and eventually led to the first of many penalties.

Needless to say, Liuzzi, Massa, and de la Rossa all had to pit for various reasons after just one lap.

The positions at this stage were as follows:

Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Button, Webber, Kubica, Sutil, Schumacher, Hulkenberg, Alguersuari, Buemi, Kovalainen, Rosberg, Barrichello, Trulli, di Grassi, Senna, Petrov, Chandhok, Glock, de la Rossa, Massa, Kobayashi

By lap three, the Red Bull’s tyres were coming into their own, but Button was doing well to hold off Webber. Meanwhile at the back, Kobayashi was forced to retire after a punishing collision with the wall of Champions.

Button did his best with Webber, but by lap 5, the Australian had found a way through just as his teammate Vettel pestered Hamilton up the road.

At this early stage, Button, Sutil, and Hulkenberg chose to pit, leaving a tantalising fight between Hamilton, the Red Bulls, and Alonso at the front.

On lap 8, both Hamilton and Alonso pitted and what followed was simply magic. Hamilton had a slow stop and was released right next to Alonso in the pit lane. Neither driver wanted to yield, and both simply stuck their right foot on the flaw. The drag race was eventually won by Alonso, who now occupied P6.

There were far too many fights to mention them all. I think it is worth mentioning a lovely little tussle between Barrichello and Petrov for just P15 on only the 11th lap!

At the front, the McLarens were both driving very quickly. Further back, Schumacher was about to make his first of many dangerous and stupid driving mistakes.

The seven-time champion rejoined the race on lap 13 after a stop just in front of Kubica. The Pole was so much faster and would easily have passed Schumacher, but the German gave no room and actually forced both cars to cut an early corner.

This dangerous driving was selfish and stupid and cost Schumacher any points, because he damaged his car whilst bending the rules to hold position.

On lap 14, both Red Bulls pitted and Buemi was left leading the race. The slower Torro Rosso car backed up the following Ferrari and McLaren, which gave Hamilton his chance to take revenge on Alonso.

Sure enough, whilst Alonso struggled in Buemi’s dirty air, Hamilton cleanly took Alonso as the Torro Rosso darted into the pits at the final chicane.

Just lap 18, and here are the positions!

Hamilton, Alonso, Button, Vettel, Webber, Kubica, Sutil, Buemi, Rosberg, Hulkenberg, Alguersuari, Schumacher, de la Rossa, Liuzzi, Kovalainen, Massa, Petrov, Trulli, di Grassi, Chandhok, Barrichello, Glock

I can’t believe I’m going to write this, but there then followed a little welcome break up to around lap 25/26, when Sutil piled pressure on Kubica and Alonso made a move on Hamilton (which stuck as Hamilton dived into the pits rather than defend the position).

Over the next few laps, the other top runners pitted but unfortunately, Alonso was slowed by a back marker on his crucial in lap.

I think it is easier at this stage to just report the top 10!

Webber, Hamilton, Alonso, Button, Vettel, Buemi, Kubica, Rosberg, Schumacher, Hulkenberg

By lap 32, de la Rossa’s car had died, signalling yet another DNF for the suffering Sauber team.

Around lap 40, a lovely fight was developing between Massa and both the Force Indias for P13, whilst at the front, Webber’s tyres degraded by the lap.

Another retirement for Trulli on lap 47 was overshadowed by a resurgent Vettel and a charging Hamilton.

By lap 49, Hamilton had gained enough ground and made a lovely pass stick going into turn one. Webber was left at the mercy of Alonso and decided it was safest to pit on lap 50.

Lap 56 and yet another retirement, this time for Glock, but as before, this was dwarfed by the close three-man race at the front between the McLarens and Alonso.

Button had been on a charge and on the final corner of lap 56 overtook the Ferrari man to make it a McLaren one, two.

This meant the top ten were:

  • Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Vettel, Webber, Kubica, Rosberg, Schumacher, Buemi, Hulkenberg

This is pretty much how it stayed until the end, but it was certainly close enough to maintain a tense atmosphere.

I think what really needs to be mentioned is the appalling driving from Schumacher as the race drew to an end. Sure, his Mercedes had wrecked its tyres and it must have been low being passed by Buemi, but Schumacher’s conduct when racing his ‘friend’ Massa was woeful.

The Mercedes No. 1 gave the faster Ferrari no room down the back straight, illegally moved across the road twice, and forced Massa off the track and eventually into the pits with a broken front wing.

If this is how the German treats his friends on the track…what the hell will he do with his enemies?

He got his just deserts on the final lap though, as both Force Indias forced their way through and pushed Schumacher well and truly out of the points.

The Mercedes driver will be investigated later today anyway, but I agree with Martin Brundel, it was Schumy’s worst race of 2010.

So whilst it might have been Schumacher’s nightmare race. The committed Canadian fans and fans across the world were treated to the best show of the year.

A McLaren one-two finish could signal a turning point in the Championship, but Alonso and those Red Bulls were strong too.

I just want to re-iterate that there was NO ANIMOSITY BETWEEN ALONSO AND HAMILTON ON THE PODIUM! (take note, you bloodthirsty pundits!)

My favourite circuit on the calendar, great to have North America back, the best race of 2010 to date. Take note Bernie, fans make F1 what it is, not the green stuff!

 

Driver’s Top Three

Hamilton 109

Button 106

Webber 103

 

Constructor’s Top Three

McLaren 215

Red Bull 193

Ferrari 161

 

Final standings (though there are so many incidents to investigate, this will almost definitely change!)

 

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes

3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari

4 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault

5 Mark Webber RBR-Renault

6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP

7 Robert Kubica Renault

8 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari

9 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes

10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes

11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP

12 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari

13 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth

14 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth

15 Felipe Massa Ferrari

16 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth

17 Vitaly Petrov Renault

18 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth

19 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth

Ret Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth

Ret Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth

Ret Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari

Ret Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth

Ret Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari

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