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Team-by-team review of the Canadian Grand Prix

A look back at how all 20 drivers fared over the weekend in Montreal.

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Team-by-team review of the Canadian Grand Prix
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Valtteri Bottas (2nd); Lewis Hamilton (5th) 

Valtteri Bottas needed a big result in Canada and he got exactly that. Having been slower than Hamilton throughout practice, the Finn delivered a superb lap in Q3 to line up on the front row of the grid alongside Sebastian Vettel. He delivered a very solid race to finish 2nd behind Sebastian Vettel and narrowly ahead of Max Verstappen. Very important points to keep him in title contention and critically beating Hamilton at one of the Brit's strongest locations over the years. 

Canada was a bad weekend for Lewis Hamilton. Traditionally a place where he is extremely quick, it all fell away at the crunch point of the weekend. He looked set for the front row but a costly lock-up at the turn 10 hairpin left him P4 in Q3. He remained there at the start – but an overheating engine and a brilliant in-lap by Daniel Ricciardo who pitted a lap later than Hamilton, saw the Brit end up behind the Australian. The reigning World Champion made no progress and ended up a hugely disappointing 5th.  He also lost the lead to Vettel in the WDC. 


Sebastian Vettel (1st); Kimi Raikkonen (6th) 

A superb, faultless weekend for Sebastian Vettel. After some struggles on Friday, he came alive when it mattered most. He produced two terrific laps in Q3 that would have been good enough for pole. The race was equally as good. A nice, solid start got him into T1 at the head of the field and stayed in P1 for the whole race. It was like the old days in his Red Bull for the German as he dominated the field. A fantastic weekend for the German and he reclaims the lead in the title fight by a single point. 

Following a strong start to the year, Kimi Raikkonen is showing signs of tailing off again from his stablemate and the other top drivers. He looked set to challenge for a top 3 spot in qualifying until yet another error in the final segment cost him again and finished P5. Off the grid, he was mugged by Ricciardo at T2 to drop to 6th. The Finn went for a long first stint but it didn't make any difference as he couldn't keep close to Hamilton after his stop. A bad Grand Prix and the calls for Ferrari to sign Leclerc for next year will only grow.  

Red Bull  

Max Verstappen (3rd); Daniel Ricciardo (4th) 

Heavily criticised by the media, his own team boss and fans on the back of Monaco, Max Verstappen put together a very good weekend in Canada. Fastest in all three practice sessions, the Dutchman did a stellar job to put his car P3 on the grid ahead of Hamilton and Raikkonen. He almost got Bottas at the start and the end of the races, but it wasn't quite to be. A great podium for a man under huge pressure in the buildup to the event. 

Daniel Ricciardo's Canadian Grand Prix was solid without ever getting near the heights of his legendary Monaco weekend. Outpaced by Verstappen throughout the meeting, the Aussie qualified in 6th. A lovely move on Raikkonen on the opening tour and a brilliant overcut on Hamilton before his one and only stop moved him up to 4th place. He stayed there to record a top 5 finish after a tricky weekend. He's a point closer to the top of the standings than he was following Monaco, too.  

Force India 

Esteban Ocon (9th); Sergio Perez (14th) 

A very strong performance by Esteban Ocon in Canada at the weekend. Quicker than Perez in all three segments, he managed to split the Renaults on the grid to get the 8th spot. After overtaking Hulkenberg on the opening lap, he held the German off until he stopped quite early. A slow stop gave both Hulkenberg and Sainz the chance to overcut and they did it successfully. Ocon would then end up glued to the gearbox of Romain Grosjean for a number of laps which allowed the Renaults to get away. Nonetheless, a solid result in 9th and valuable points.  

Ultimately, a frustrating event for Sergio Perez again. He got his Force India into Q3 and started 10th. Following the Safety Car restart, he attacked Sainz for 9th - but the pair made contact and he went off the road at turn one and dropped to P14. His team boxed him early but it didn't really pay off and ended up finishing 14th. He crossed the line 13th following a late race move on Magnussen, but due to the chequered flag coming out early he dropped a place as the results went back two laps. He'll be looking to bounce back at the French GP.  


Sergey Sirotkin (17th); Lance Stroll (DNF) 

After making Q2 in Monaco, normal service resumed for Sergey Sirotkin in Montreal. He did get close to outqualifying Lance Stroll on another weekend where Williams just couldn't get near the rest of the grid in qualifying. A good opening lap left him 13th from 17th on the grid. However, that was as good as it would get as the Williams' lack of pace was brutally exposed. The Russian was the last of the 17 classified finishers - 15 seconds behind Vandoorne in the McLaren. 

In front of his home crowd, Lance Stroll had an early end to his Grand Prix. After pipping Sirotkin by less than a tenth in qualifying, the young Canadian had climbed four places on the first tour before that massive accident with Hartley. A snap of oversteer in the heart of T5 (caused by a possible puncture following contact with a McLaren) sent him towards Hartley and they made heavy contact as both cars sustained a lot of damage. It was game over on lap 1 at his home Grand Prix. No home comforts in a slow car for Stroll.  


Nico Hulkenberg (7th); Carlos Sainz (8th) 

Nico Hulkenberg has bounced back well from the disappointments of Azerbaijan and Spain. For the second straight race, he scored very solid points and is quickly becoming the man who loves finishing P7. He got back on top in the qualifying duel with Sainz – P7 v P9 in the German's favour. Apart from a mistake which gifted Ocon 7th on the opening lap, it was another very solid race from the Hulk. He got the overcut on the Frenchman to reclaim that position. The 71-second gap to 6th placed Raikkonen won't have pleased him.  

Yesterday's race was probably Carlos Sainz's strongest since he moved to Renault. Again, Hulkenberg got ahead of him when it mattered most in qualifying. He was a little bit fortunate not to sustain damage following his contact with Perez in the very early stages of the race. He tracked his German stablemate and like Hulkenberg, he pulled off the overcut on Esteban Ocon. An encouraging meeting for the Spaniard and a much-needed improvement in race pace. 

Toro Rosso 

Pierre Gasly (11th); Brendon Hartley (DNF) 

A case of what could have been for Pierre Gasly if he'd started higher up. A problem detected on his upgraded Honda PU in FP3 forced STR to revert to an older one for qualifying. He struggled and got knocked out in Q1. They decided to change his PU for the race and that put him at the back of the grid. A brilliant first few laps saw the Frenchman leap up to P13 – and then nailed Magnussen on the back straight to gain another place on lap 9. Alonso's retirement put him 11th but he didn't quite have the pace to get Leclerc. Still, a very good drive from the back of the field on a tricky weekend. 

Will Brendon Hartley have any luck? The Kiwi's shocking jinx continued in Canada. He looked set to have his strongest event of the year until bad luck struck. A very good qualifying placed him P12 on the grid and he looked set to challenge for points. Yet, his race was cut very short. The scary incident with Stroll on lap one put him in the air briefly before thankfully coming down safely and thankfully without injury. The New Zealander was squeezed by the Canadian and there was nothing he could do to avoid the crash. The positives are he looked much more comfortable than he has for most of the year and he'll want to carry that good form back to Europe with him. 


Romain Grosjean (12th); Kevin Magnussen (13th) 

It turned into a very lucky event for Romain Grosjean. The faster of the two Haas drivers throughout practice, he seemed a definite contender for Q3 come qualifying. Amazingly for the Frenchman, he had an intercooler failure as he left the pits as big white smoke came from the rear of the Haas at the beginning of Q1. Yet again in 2018, he would start out of position. A massively long first stint on the ultrasofts meant he leapt up to 12th - but even on much fresher tyres than Gasly, he couldn't get past his fellow Frenchman. Still no points in 2018 for Grosjean but he did have a pace advantage on Magnussen throughout the meeting.  

This was probably Kevin Magnussen's weakest weekend of 2018 at present. The Dane always looked on the back foot in Montreal and he had been a clear step behind stablemate Grosjean through free practice. Qualifying did go better as he wrestled his car up to 11th. Unfortunately for K-Mag, a poor race would ensue. He lacked pace throughout the race and finished behind Grosjean who had started on the back row of the grid. Canada 2018 is a race he'll want to forget about rather quickly.  


Stoffel Vandoorne (16th); Fernando Alonso (DNF) 

A season to forget continued for Stoffel Vandoorne in Canada. On the positive side for the Belgian, Montreal was by far the closest he's got to stablemate Alonso in qualifying. He was just 0.009s slower in Q2 as they ended up 14th and 15th on the grid. However, the race was a nightmare for him. He picked up a puncture on lap 1 thanks to debris and that heavily compromised his race. In the end, Vandoorne ended up 16th - second last of the 17 finishers of the Grand Prix. A strong result is urgently required for him. 

Monaco brought a good run of successive points finishes for Fernando Alonso to an end. Sadly, for the Spaniard, it continued on his 300th Grand Prix weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. After narrowly outqualifying Vandoorne for the seventh time in seven races, Alonso was typically driving a great race and looked set for a point because he was running ahead of Leclerc. Yet, on lap 42 an exhaust failure stopped him in his tracks. Another day to banish from the memory for the Spaniard.  


Charles Leclerc (10th); Marcus Ericsson (15th 

Another weekend, another tremendous performance from young Charles Leclerc. He dragged his Sauber into Q2 again and outqualified both of the McLaren drivers. He'd already moved up to P11 on the opening tour in advance of the big crash involving Stroll and Hartley. Leclerc gained another spot when Perez ran off at T1 following contact with Sainz. He held off a charging Alonso in the early stages and drove a brilliantly mature race to collect another point. Ferrari next year? A strong possibility if he keeps this form up. 

Much like Raikkonen, Marcus Ericsson's strong start to the year is now a very distant memory. A costly crash in Q1 left the Swede on the ninth row of the grid for the race. He pitted at the end of the first lap of the Grand Prix to try something different. Yet, it didn't really work as he got stuck behind Sirotkin. He eventually got ahead thanks to the Williams stopping but he lost too much time to do anything in the race. A lowly 15th place and a disappointing meeting once again.   


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