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25px-Canadaflag  2010 Canadian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 19 in the 2010 Formula One season
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.svg
Date June 13, 2010
Official name XLVI Grand Prix du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
Course Street circuit
4.361 km (2.71 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 70 laps, 305.27 km (189.7 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Sunny, 25°C
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:15.105
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica Renault
Time 1:16.972 on lap 67
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Second 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
Third 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari

The 2010 Canadian Grand Prix (formally the XLVI Grand Prix du Canada) was the eighth round of the 2010 Formula One season. It was held in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 13, 2010.[1] This was the first Grand Prix to be held on the North American continent since the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix. The race was won by McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, his second Canadian Grand Prix victory, ahead of team mate Jenson Button and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

After dominating the previous three races, it was widely expected that the Montreal circuit would not play to the Red Bull's strengths, with intense media speculation that the controversial crash between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber whilst fighting for the lead of the Turkish Gand Prix would only worsen the team's chances. However, while neither driver was prepared to accept full responsibility for causing the accident, both expressed a desire to forget about it and move on.[2]

None of the teams planned to introduce major updates for the race, though several brought customised packages specifically for the high-speed, low-downforce circuit. Those who had developed an "F-duct" system for the previous race were still running it in the trial phase.

Free PracticeEdit

Button Canada GP 2010 (cropped)

Jenson Button set the fastest time in the first free practice session.

The Friday sessions passed without incident save for minor off-track excursions by several drivers and a spin by Pedro de la Rosa at l'Epingle. Lucas di Grassi was the only driver who failed to set a time in the first session after stopping on the circuit. While reigning World Champion Jenson Button set the fastest time of the first session, Hispania Racing improved dramatically, beating both the Virgins, while Karun Chandhok also beat the Lotus of Jarno Trulli. The session also showed the progress of the new teams as a whole, with Heikki Kovalainen finishing the session just over a second adrift of Jaime Alguersuari; the difference between the new and established teams had been as great as three seconds in the first race of the season. Kovalainen would go onto repeat his feat in the second session, finishing just over half a second behind Alguersuari and a full second ahead of Chandhok, the next-fastest driver.

The biggest story of the day was the extreme tyre degradation the drivers experienced while running on the super-soft compound. Several sections of the circuit had been resurfaced since Formula One's previous visit in 2008, with the net result being that they offered comparatively little grip compared to other circuits. Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's director of motosport tyre development, commented that the problem was a result of the tyres being unable to reach their optimum operating temperature.[3] With several teams expecting rain at some point during the weekend, the lack of grip and unpredictable conditions made setting the car up exceptionally difficult. Sebastian Vettel was the fastest driver in the session, narrowly outclassing the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg. Despite setting the fastest times of the first session, the McLarens both struggled, with Lewis Hamilton finishing seventh and Button only managing eleventh.

McLaren bounded back in time for the third session, with Hamilton comfortably setting the fastest time of both the session and the weekend, ahead of Webber, Alonso and Schumacher. Hamilton was sighted clipping the concrete walls lining the circuit as one point, as did Felipe Massa, but both were able to continue without damage. Pedro de la Rosa very nearly came unstuck at the same point, but Karun Chandhok was less fortunate, his Hispania F110 stopping on the circuit early on. Nico Rosberg was sidelined with a clutch problem for most of the session. The only other incident was Lucas di Grassi losing control under braking at l'Epingle and coming to rest in the gravel trap shortly after he recorded the fastest speed – 324 km/h (201.2 mph) – through the speed trap.

QualifyingEdit

Liuzzi Canada GP 2010 (cropped)

Vitantonio Liuzzi started the race from a career best fifth position.

To compound the problems associated with heavy graining, overnight rain washed away whatever rubber had been laid down on the circuit during the Friday practice sessions, further reducing grip. With ambient temperatures being no higher than on Friday and the forecast predicting more of the same for the race, Bridgestone projected that a one-stop stategy in the race would be impossible with the harder prime compound losing up to seven seconds over half race distance, and the super-soft option tyres losing over sixteen seconds in the same window.[4] With the rules dictating that drivers must start the race on the tyres they set their best qualifying time on, tyre selection for qualifying was therefore crucial.

On Saturday afternoon, qualifying started without rain on the track. The first qualifying session had no surprises when both drivers from HRT, Virgin Racing and Lotus failed to make the cut, they were joined by BMW Sauber pilot Kamui Kobayashi. The second qualifying session saw Michael Schumacher miss the cut as the only surprise elimination. With two more cars setting faster times, Schumacher started the race from thirteenth. Barrichello was the fastest of this group followed by Hülkenberg, Schumacher, Petrov, Buemi, Alguersuari and de la Rosa.

Schumacher top Canadian GP 2010

Michael Schumacher qualified in thirteenth position.

At the third and final session all eyes were on Lewis Hamilton as he had set the fastest time in both qualifying sessions. But it was Mark Webber who grabbed the lead early on. The teams were running different tyres, making the results unpredictable. On the very last lap, Hamilton snatched the pole from Webber who could not answer. With Hamilton ending Red Bull's run of pole positions after seven races, Webber was set to start second right in front of his teammate Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso was fourth, Jenson Button fifth followed by Vitantonio Liuzzi, who qualified at a career-best sixth; Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Adrian Sutil and Nico Rosberg completed the top ten.

On the cool down lap, Hamilton was instructed by his team to slow down and stop on the circuit because the team realised he would not have enough fuel left in his tank for a sample to be taken by the FIA. Hamilton turned his car off and let it continue rolling down the back straight of the circuit. He undid his belts and sat higher up in the cockpit of his car, relaxed until his McLaren nearly came to a stop. Hamilton then got out and started to push his still rolling car down the back straight. A group of circuit marshalls finally came to help him and he was picked up by the course car and taken to the press conference. The FIA later handed Hamilton a reprimand and fined the McLaren team $10,000 for not completing the cool down lap in the given time, with Hamilton retaining his pole position.

RaceEdit

Massa Liuzzi 1st Lap Incident 2010 Canada

The first lap saw contact between Felipe Massa and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

The race was the first of the season in which all twenty-four cars started on the grid; prior to the Montreal race, at least one car—usually from Virgin, Lotus or Hispania—was forced to start from the pit lane with a mechanical issue of some kind. Mark Webber was demoted from second place on the grid to seventh after Red Bull found iron filings in a sample of oil taken from the gearbox used in Webber's car during qualifying. This finding, which suggested damage to the internals of the gearbox and necessitated a gearbox change under parc ferme conditions, resulted in the five-place grid penalty.

The opening lap saw drama unfold before the field had even cleared the start gantry. While Lewis Hamilton won the drag race to the first corner, in the middle of the pack, Vitaly Petrov jumped the start and was forced onto the grassy verge as he attempted to go around the outside. This resulted in a spin that forced Pedro de la Rosa to take evasive action; Petrov earned two drive-through penalties in the space of one hundred metres for his efforts and spent the rest of the race fighting with the new teams. Felipe Massa and Vitantonio Liuzzi made contact three times in one corner, with the Italian getting spun around in the process and sliding down the order. As Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso established the running order, Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Hülkenberg tangled on the run into the final corners. While the Williams driver cut the chicane to avoid further contact, Kobayashi was not as lucky and he became the Wall of Champions' 2010 victim. He retired a lap later with accident damage. After avoiding the spinning Petrov at the start, Kobayashi's Sauber team-mate Pedro de la Rosa joined him on the sidelines shortly thereafter and gave the team the unenviable record of eleven retirements from sixteen starts.

Kobaysahi crash Canadian GP 2010 (cropped)

Kamui Kobayashi became another victim of the "Wall of Champions".

The predicted early round of stops passed without incident, although Red Bull elected to run their drivers on separate strategies; Mark Webber ran the harder prime compound back-to-back with a finish on the softer options, while Vettel ran the options in his middle stint and picked up the primes for the run to the finish. Every other driver except Robert Kubica had qualified on and subsequently started the race with the softer options. The tyre lottery produced an unlikely winner with Toro Rosso's Sébastien Buemi inheriting the lead for a lap before his stop, the first time a Toro Rosso had led a race since Sébastien Bourdais led three laps at the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix. Elsewhere in the field, Hülkenberg proved to be his own worst enemy when he over-extended himself under brakes while attempting to pass Nico Rosberg at l'Epingle and damaging his front wing in the process. He was then flagged for speeding in the pit lane when he pitted to replace the wing, robbing himself of a potential points place as he was forced to serve a drive-through penalty.

An accident between Michael Schumacher and Robert Kubica was narrowly avoided as Schumacher emerged from the first of his scheduled stops. Schumacher refused to yield on the approach to the fourth corner and the two took a short trip across the grassy verge. The altercation damaged Kubica's undertray while the incident was investigated by the stewards. It was the first of many incidents involving Schumacher, with the Mercedes driver later tangling with Adrian Sutil and Felipe Massa. Massa's race was marked by a perpetual battle with the Force India drivers including several near-misses in the second corner, the scene of his first-lap tangle with Liuzzi. Massa would later force his way past Sutil as the two closed in on the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen, the cars running three-abreast into turn six. His late altercation with former Ferrari team-mate Schumacher required him to pit for a replacement front wing and, like Hülkenberg before him, the Brazilian driver was cited for speeding in the pit lane. Twenty seconds were added to his time after the race as punishment.

Buemi Canada GP 2010 (cropped)

Sébastien Buemi led a race for the first time in his career.

Webber's tyre strategy initially paid off but, as the race wore on, his tyres began to deteriorate rapidly. Hamilton, running second at the time, quickly reduced the Australian's lead and caught him with twenty laps to go, dragging the Ferrari of Alonso through in the process. Webber eventually pitted, emerging behind team-mate Vettel in fifth place as Vettel struggled with an unspecified but serious problem that he had to nurse to the finish; the team later clarified this as being related to the gearbox. As Hamilton settled back into the lead, reigning World Champion Jenson Button took Alonso by surprise, passing him around the back half of the circuit and positioning McLaren for their second consecutive one-two finish. Button briefly attempted a run at his team-mate, narrowing Hamilton's lead to just two seconds with ten laps to go, but Hamilton responded with a fast lap that dissuaded Button from making further attempts. The top five — Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Vettel and Webber — would remain in place until the very end with Vettel stopping on the circuit just after he crossed the finish line at the end of the race. Nico Rosberg fended off a late surge from Kubica to claim sixth while Buemi finished eighth and a lap down. Liuzzi and Sutil both found their way past Schumacher on the final lap — in Sutil's case this was in the final corner — as the Mercedes driver struggled with tyres that were almost completely out of grip and leaving the seven-time World Champion scoreless in what BBC commentator Martin Brundle later described as the German's "worst weekend of his career".[5][6] Kovalainen was the best of the new teams, two laps down and fighting off Petrov for the final phase of the race, while Karun Chandhok and Lucas di Grassi were the final cars home, four and five laps down respectively.

McLaren duo 1-2 finish 2010 Canada (cropped)

McLaren scored their third 1-2 of the season.

The race was notably short of attrition compared to previous races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which have seen the safety car deployed so often that teams factor an accident into their strategies. However, the 2010 race was so short of retirements that it boasted the greatest number of finishers in the season to date with nineteen classified drivers. In addition to the dual retirements for BMW Sauber, Bruno Senna was once again the victim of a gearbox problem while Jarno Trulli stopped in the pit entry on lap forty-seven with terminal brake problems. Timo Glock retired due to a steering rack leak that crippled his VR-01 on lap fifty-five.

The final result meant that Hamilton leapfrogged both Button and Webber in the championship standings with six points covering the top three drivers. With McLaren claiming the lead of the constructors' championship from Red Bull in Turkey, their maximum points score in Montreal placed them a further twenty points clear of the Austrian team. The race was also the first time since the 1991 United States Grand Prix that three former drivers' champions stood on the podium.

ClassificationEdit

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.889 1:15.528 1:15.105 1
2 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:16.423 1:15.692 1:15.373 7 1
3 5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:16.129 1:15.556 1:15.420 2
4 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.171 1:15.597 1:15.435 3
5 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.371 1:15.742 1:15.520 4
6 15 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:17.086 1:16.171 1:15.648 5
7 7 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.673 1:16.314 1:15.688 6
8 11 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica Renault 1:16.370 1:15.682 1:15.715 8
9 14 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.495 1:16.295 1:15.881 9
10 4 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.350 1:16.001 1:16.071 10
11 9 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:16.880 1:16.434 11
12 10 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:16.770 1:16.438 12
13 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:16.598 1:16.492 13
14 12 25px-Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:16.569 1:16.844 14
15 16 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.356 1:16.928 15
16 17 22px-Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.027 1:17.029 16
17 22 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.611 1:17.384 17
18 23 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.019 18
19 19 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:18.237 19
20 18 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:18.698 20
21 24 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.941 21
22 21 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:19.484 22
23 25 25px-Brazilflag Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:19.675 23
24 20 22px-Flag of India Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:27.757 24
Source:[7]

Notes:

  1. – Mark Webber was demoted five places on the grid after the gearbox in his car was changed pre-race.[8]

Race Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 70 1:33:53.456 1 25
2 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 70 +2.254 4 18
3 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +9.214 3 15
4 5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 70 +37.817 2 12
5 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 70 +39.291 7 10
6 4 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 +56.084 10 8
7 11 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica Renault 70 +57.300 8 6
8 16 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 15 4
9 15 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 5 2
10 14 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 9 1
11 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 13
12 17 22px-Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 16
13 10 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 12
14 9 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 11
15 7 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 69 +1 LapTemplate:Ref 6
16 19 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 68 +2 Laps 19
17 12 25px-Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 68 +2 Laps 14
18 20 22px-Flag of India Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 24
19 25 25px-Brazilflag Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 65 +5 Laps 23
Ret 24 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 50 Steering 21
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 42 Vibration 20
Ret 22 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 30 Engine 17
Ret 21 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 13 Gearbox 22
Ret 23 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1 Accident 18

Notes

1.Template:Note – Felipe Massa was given a 20-second time penalty post-race for exceeding the pit lane speed limit in the closing stages of the race.[9] However, as Massa finished one lap down and one lap clear of the next-placed car, the penalty did not affect his finishing position.

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 109
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 106
3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber 103
4 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 94
5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 90
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 215
2 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 193
3 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 161
4 Flag of Germany Mercedes 108
5 22px-Flag of France Renault 79
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Noble, Jonathan; Straw, Edd (2010-06-10). "Red Bull duo agree to disagree on crash". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/84286. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
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  6. "'Worst Grand Prix ever' - Brundle on Schumacher". gpupdate.net (GPUpdate). 2010-06-15. http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/237089/worst-grand-prix-ever-brundle-on-schumacher/. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  7. "Circuit Gilles Villeneuve results; Qualifying: Saturday, 12 June 2010". BBC Sport. BBC. 2010-06-12. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/results/8499193.stm. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  8. Orlovac, Mark (2010-06-13). "Live – Canadian Grand Prix". BBC Sport (BBC). Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8737252.stm. Retrieved 2010-06-13. "Crikey, the race hasn't even started yet and we already have a bit of breaking news. Red Bull's Mark Webber, who qualified in second for today's race, has received a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox." 
  9. Noble, Jonathan (2010-06-13). "Massa handed 20-second penalty". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/84478. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 

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