Canadian GP: Winners & Losers


Lewis Hamilton: After taking his 65th pole position of his career to equal his hero Ayrton Senna’s record of poles in qualifying, Hamilton couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday. After both Ferrari’s had poor starts, Hamilton, eased to victory to close the gap on rival Sebastian Vettel to just twelve points in the championship.

Force India: Force India bounced back after a disastrous Monaco Grand Prix with another double points finish. Sergio Perez finished narrowly ahead of teammate Esteban Ocon as the pair finished fifth and sixth respectively. However, a podium could’ve been on the cards for the team had Perez let Ocon through who was on fresher tyres to chase down Daniel Ricciardo for the final podium spot.

Lance Stroll: With pressure mounting on the Canadian, Stroll, achieved his first points in F1 to answer his critics at his home race finishing in ninth place. The 18-year-old becomes only the third Canadian to score points in F1 with the others being Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve.


Ferrari: A disastrous start from both Ferrari’s saw Sebastian Vettel forced into an early pit-stop resulting in him coming out 18th. However, the German drove an impressive recovery drive finishing fourth while on the other side of the garage Kimi Raikkonen endured a frustrating afternoon finishing seventh. Title rivals, Mercedes took full advantage of Ferrari’s disappointing day as they reclaimed the lead in the Constructors Championship.

Max Verstappen: An incredible start from the Dutchman saw him go from fifth on the grid to second by turn one. However, his hopes of victory were short lived after a technical issue forced him to retire on lap 11.

Fernando Alonso: Another week and another power failure for McLaren Honda. Alonso was on course to deliver the Woking based team their first points of 2017 only for it to be snatched away from him with just a handful of laps to go. With no sign of improvement as far as the Honda engine is concerned it’s difficult to see how the McLaren Honda partnership will survive beyond 2017.

Picture courtesy of: Sky Sports F1


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