2015 Canada Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: This track was primed for a Mercedes domination. Whether we are back to a season of routes will be determined at Red Bull Ring where Ferrari should do well.
EVENT: This really has become a key event on the calendar that everybody seems to love.
QUALIFYING: Three World Champions (Button with literally no power and Vettel and Alonso with virtually no power) along with Massa never make it out of Q1. Raikkonen and Bottas make up for their respective team's other failure.
RACE: Can't really beat around the bush on this one. It was a snoozer.
TRACK: Where were all the bizarre happenings that are a trademark of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?
START: Very, very clean. There's nothing to say ... except ... very, very clean start.
HAMILTON: Lewis loves Montreal, and his performance sure showed it.
ROSBERG: Back to playing second fiddle.
BOTTAS: One step closer to Ferrari?
RAIKKONEN: Did Kimi spin away his Ferrari ride?
VETTEL: The drive of the race.
MASSA: The second best drive of the race.
MALDONADO: Give Pastor his due. He had a good weekend.
LOTUS: As did Lotus.
GROSJEAN: Silly move.
RENAULT: The high power track showed how badly Renault is down on power. Not even Toro Rosso could overcome it and show off Team Whining Babies.
RICCIARDO: Not so smiley.
ALONSO: There goes Fernando.
BUTTON: And there goes Jenson.
MCLAREN: So, McLaren is done. Again.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Zzzzzz.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 15 -- The number of grid positions Max Verstappen had to give up due to the driving infraction (five grid spots) at Monaco and the change of engine (10 spots) at Montreal.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton now moves into sole possession for second most victories in the Canadian Grand Prix with four. Michael Schumacher has seven. Behind Hamilton is Nelson Piquet with three. Piquet's last victory in Montreal and his career in 1991 came in the most bizarre fashion when the leader Nigel Mansell was waving to the crowd, allowed his revs to get too low, causing the engine to shut off.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: A frustrated Fernando Alonso to his engineer, "Driving with this, looking like amateur."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: An equally frustrated Daniel Ricciardo said, "That was one of those races where I was going round and round, banging my head against a wall."
SCHEDULE: The return of the Austrian GP was a huge success. It should be again.
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