Formula Racing

Canadian GP – Race Review

Canada Grand Prix - Vettel charges to win in Canada
By Armaan Ebrahim

Sebastian Vettel looked like he was out to prove a point on the streets of Montreal after dominating the Grand Prix. Starting from pole, he never looked back and was on it right through pulling away from Lewis Hamilton at a rapid pace to build a lead of over 20 seconds until the final moments of the race where the team sent a message telling him to cool down after scraping the wall out of a corner. The win also gives the Red Bull driver a nice cushion of a 36 points lead over his closest rival.

Coming in 2nd after a brilliant drive was Fernando Alonso who didn't put a good lap together in qualifying and only managed 6th.It was always going to be a tough afternoon for him because all the drivers in front were strong and had similar pace. The Ferrari driver proved why he's known to be one of the best by patiently picking up places which included hustling Mark Webber and finally pulling of a superb mover on Lewis Hamilton with just a handful of laps left. The result also moves Alonso into 2nd place in the championship table ahead of Kimi Raikkonen but still big gap between himself and Vettel up front.

Completing the podium was Lewis Hamilton who to me got everything out of his Mercedes and it must have been a sweet feeling to completely outpace his team mate who won the previous GP. Starting from the front row Lewis had no answer to Vettel's pace but looked comfortable in second until the last stint where he lost out to Alonso. The Mercedes still looked like the harshest team on the tyres and that is still their biggest problem.

Mark Webber in the second Red Bull could only manage a lonely forth which is probably a little disappointing considering his team mate blew everyone away. Nico Rosberg came in fifth after struggling with heavy tyre degradation and also had to make an additional pit stop at the end of the race for a new set of Pirelli's. In sixth was Jean Eric Vergne for Torro Rosso who qualified in seventh and drove a brilliant and clean race with good pace to bring the car home to a solid result for him and his team. This should really help his place in the team especially after going through a tough start to the season. Rounding up the top ten were Paul Di Resta, Filipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil.

Sahara Force India had a very positive race with both drivers finishing in the points but it didn't come easy, they had to work for it. Paul Di Resta started 17th but made the one stop strategy work brilliantly and showed really good pace in the middle parts of the GP to pick up ten places and finish 7th. While Adrian Sutil who qualified in the top ten had a strong start but things got messy when he tried to overtake Bottas and spun after that a tap from Pastor Maldonado and finally a drive through penalty for ignoring blue flags managed to finish tenth. The thing to take away from these events are that even after all the drama the car still had the pace to finish in the top ten. It was again one more Grand Prix where FI have managed to outscore Mclaren and if this continues they have a really good chance to finish ahead in the constructors title which will be a mega achievement!

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016


Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes