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Canada analysis - both titles blown wide open 14 Jun 2010

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren celebrate with the team. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01 makes a pit stop. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010 Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30 leads Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010 Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5 leads the race from Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 and race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 13 June 2010

Red Bull may have given away victory in Turkey, but in Canada on Sunday they were beaten fair and square by both McLaren and Ferrari. McLaren’s one-two secured the lead in both championships, but with the season rapidly approaching its midpoint things couldn’t be closer. Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Mark Webber are covered by just six points, with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel also very much in the hunt. And we now have a three-way scrap for constructors’ honours. We take a team-by-team look at how everyone fared in Montreal...

McLaren
Lewis Hamilton, P1
Jenson Button, P2

For a while it seemed that McLaren’s adventurous strategy in qualifying on the option tyres had blown up in their faces as Hamilton and Button both pitted before the eighth lap. But both were in contention thereafter. The F-duct helped Hamilton to deal with Alonso on the final straight, after he’d lost second place to the Spaniard in the drag race as they exited the pits on lap seven. Thereafter he was able to pace himself, stop once more, and lead Button home by 2.2s to take over the lead of the world championship. Button had preserved his tyres as much he dared, eased away from a hungry Vettel in mid-race traffic, then jumped Alonso when the Spaniard was delayed lapping Chandhok on the 56th lap. Thereafter the two silver cars reeled off the laps for another 43 point haul which extended their constructors’ championship lead to 215 points to Red Bull’s 193 and Ferrari’s 161.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, P3
Felipe Massa, P15

Alonso clearly believed that he could have won, and said that was a surprise after what happened in Turkey. The F10 is kind to its tyres, which helped, and even after he had lost the first two positions to Hamilton and later Button, he continued to push as hard as he could until the closing stages. Massa rightly said he had a horrible race, which included his spat with Liuzzi in the first corner which compromised both their races. After that he drove like a man on a mission, setting a string of fastest laps until he challenged Schumacher for ninth but got put off the road in their fight. That damaged his nose and required a remedial pit stop, and he finished a disgruntled 15th. Later he was given a 20s penalty for pit lane speeding, but it made no difference to his position.

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P4
Mark Webber, P5

Vettel was surprised to make his first stop as the leader and to come out in fourth place, and that was where he stayed until the flag in a race that never quite came together for Red Bull. Then his car developed a gearbox problem which slowed him over the second half of the race. Webber had his gearbox changed before the start, and was surprised after starting seventh to find himself second after eight laps. Where Vettel opted for option tyres, Webber stayed on primes in the hope of building enough of a lead to pit later for options and retain the lead. Heavy mid-race traffic put paid to that, however, and he had to be content with fifth. He thus fell from first to third in the world championship points table.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, P6
Michael Schumacher, P11

Rosberg was one of the big losers in the first corner melee after getting hung out on the debris, and was an early stopper on the fifth lap to switch from the option tyres on which he’d qualified. After that he got stuck into a strong recovery drive that netted a few fastest laps along the way and an eventual sixth place and eight points after a solid afternoon’s work. Schumacher, meanwhile, had an afternoon of adventures. He was as high as third after 11 laps, but later messed things up with an off-course excursion in his fight with Kubica that required a second pit stop immediately after his first, and later he had incidents with Massa, then Liuzzi, who deprived him of ninth place on the final lap. To add insult to injury, Sutil also squeezed ahead before the final corner, leaving him 11th and out of the points. No action was taken against him for any of the incidents in which he was involved.

Renault
Robert Kubica, P7
Vitaly Petrov, P17

Kubica, as ever, was in the fight for points, but said afterwards that the six he earned for seventh place were the hardest to come by of 2010. He suffered a lot of rear tyre degradation early on despite running the primes, and the same thing happened on the second set. After his first stop he was another to get the Schumacher treatment as they had a tough fight for position, and later Sutil gave him a hard time too. In the incident at the end of lap 59 when he pitted for fresh tyres, Kubica said that he had to jink round the Force India and then into the pits after Sutil braked much harder than he expected. Later he was reprimanded for a dangerous entry to the pit lane. On his fresh rubber he was able to set the race’s fastest lap. Petrov had an unhappy afternoon, spinning on the opening lap and damaging the front wing which was replaced at his first stop. Later he got a drive through for jumping the start, and another for colliding with De la Rosa in the run down to Turn One.

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi, P8
Jaime Alguersuari, P12

Buemi led the race for a lap as he moved steadily ahead during the pit stops after making a brilliant start through all the first-corner debris. But just as it seemed he might be able to build a cushion he swept into the pits at the end of lap 15 for his first scheduled stop. He pulled a great pass on Schumacher at one stage, and was always in play for points even when an exhaust pipe cracked. His four points were richly deserved. Alguersuari had a tough afternoon, whacking Barrichello at one stage and later dropping back from the big midfield fight that eventually earned Liuzzi ninth place.

Force India
Tonio Liuzzi, P9
Adrian Sutil, P10

Considering the amount of damage that both VJM03s sustained, it was a wonder either of them finished let alone garnered three points. Liuzzi made contact three times with Massa in the first corner, pitted for a new nose at the end of the lap, then staged a superb recovery drive to ninth after overtaking Schumacher, who also drove into him, on the final lap. Sutil’s car was significantly damaged when Hulkenberg ran into the back of it in the hairpin early on, and later sustained a cut tyre when Kubica pitted sharply in front of him. He finished 10th, diving past Schumacher prior to the final corner on that last lap.

Williams
Nico Hulkenberg, P13
Rubens Barrichello, P14

Williams started Hulkenberg on the prime Bridgestones and Barrichello on the options. The Brazilian had an early run-in with Alguersuari, and registered 2g in their resultant collision which blocked the front left brake duct. After a pit stop it took too long for the brake pedal to regain its feel, and he lost too much time to figure in the results. Hulkenberg was eighth at the end of the first lap, but then he ran hard into the back of Sutil in the hairpin, damaging his front wing, which meant a stop on lap six for a replacement. Then he broke the pit lane speed limit, which meant a drive-through penalty, running his chances of points.

Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, P16
Jarno Trulli, retired lap 43, brake vibration

Kovalainen made a stunning start after picking his way through the first corner melee, and was at one stage running sixth during the initial pit stops. He was soon shuffled back down the order, but apart from a little too much oversteer the Finn said he was very happy with the way the T127 behaved on its way to 16th as the leading new team finisher. Trulli ran at similar pace to his team mate, until a vibration heralded a brake problem that forced him to retire.

HRT
Karun Chandhok, P18
Bruno Senna, retired lap 14, gearbox

Chandhok was delighted with his race, given how little running he got in during practice and qualifying, and the team were very encouraged by their pace in comparison with the Virgins, which they beat. Senna, however, had to retire after losing second gear early on.

Virgin
Lucas di Grassi, P19
Timo Glock, retired lap 51, power steering failure

Like Kovalainen, Di Grassi got a great start and ran as high as 10th at one stage before faster cars came through. Six laps from the finish he lost hydraulic pressure and had to finish the race in fourth gear, but at least he made it. Glock’s VR-01 succumbed to a leak in the power steering.

BMW Sauber
Pedro de la Rosa, retired lap 31, engine
Kamui Kobayashi, retired lap 1, accident

BMW Sauber’s race fell apart even before the first corner, when Petrov shoved De la Rosa on to the grass on the infield, where he damaged the C29’s nose. After a pit stop for a new front wing he was well down the field when his engine broke. Kobayashi made a great start and was fighting over ninth when he got the last corner wrong at the end of the opening lap and whacked the wall on the exit.