Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Race Recap June 2022

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Race Recap June 2022

Round 9 in Canada at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was an awesome weekend that started with rain, but ended in sunshine. Awesome driving battles, unexpected DNFs, and a defending finish brought F1 back to Canada after a 2-year stint! Let’s go over the details:

 

Here was our starting grid for Round 9 in Canada, as based off Qualifying the day before:

*Starting Grid*

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  2. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
  3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

 

Immediately into the race start on Lap 1, Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) and his front right-side wing touch the front left wheel of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), causing damage to Magnussen’s wing. The initial plan was for Magnussen to stay out, but by Lap 6 he was Black/Orange flagged and forced to pit to change his front wing by Lap 8, in order to avoid debris on the track. During that time, Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) both came into the pits for an early pit stop for “Hard” compound tires – symbolizing a 2-stop pit strategy for this race.

 

Lap 9 struck tragedy for Sergio Perez (Red Bull), as he experienced a transmission failure and pulled into a nearby run-off area. A Virtual Safety Car was called while Perez had to settle for a DNF, and all of the following drivers pitted for “Hard” tire compounds: Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), and Nicholas Latifi (Williams). The VSC stopped and the race resumed on Lap 10.

 

Laps 14-18 gave us a 4-way battle between Alexander Albon (Williams), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), and Lando Norris (McLaren). Eventually, Bottas and LeClerc overtook Albon for 10th and 11th place. Albon, after losing 2 places, came into the pits on Lap 19 for a set of “Hard” tire compounds.

 

Lap 20 resulted in another DNF for the Canadian Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher (HAAS). Mick’s car completely died and lost power, forcing him to cut his race short and several drivers took the opportunity to pit. By Lap 20, here is our current 1/2/3 drivers; Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

 

Alexander Albon came in for his second pit stop on Lap 29, another set of “Hard” tire compounds.

 

Laps 34-40 gave us another epic 4-way battle for 9th place, involving Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren). By Lap 40, no driver place change occurred. While this battle occurred, from Laps 34 – 45, the rest of the teams and drivers came into the pits for their second pit stop. By Lap 45, here is the updated 1/2/3; Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), George Russell (Williams).

 

On Lap 48, Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) came into the pits for “Hard” tire compounds, but crashed on his way out of the pits, heading straight into the wall. It seemed as if Yuki’s car couldn’t steer, thus there was no avoiding the crash with the additional issue of his brakes locking up. Just bad luck. As of now, this makes the 3rd DNF for the Canadian Grand Prix.

 

Laps 56-70 have us a tremendous dance between Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari). For 15 laps, Max defended against Carlos despite Carlos having DRS advantage. A brilliant drive by Max that ultimately led him to claiming first place!

 

The results of the Round 9 Canadian Grand Prix resulted in the following:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  4. (Fastest Lap) – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 1:15:749

 

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 175
  2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 129
  3. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) – 126
  4. George Russell (Mercedes) – 111
  5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 102
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 77
  7. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 50
  8. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 46
  9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 39
  10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 18
  11. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 16
  12. Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) – 15
  13. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 15
  14. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 13
  15. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 11
  16. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) – 5
  17. Alexander Albon (Williams) – 3
  18. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 3
  19. Mick Schumacher (HAAS) – 0
  20. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) – 0
  21. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 0

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Constructors Points:

  1. Red Bull – 304
  2. Ferrari – 228
  3. Mercedes – 188
  4. McLaren – 65
  5. Alpine – 57
  6. Alfa Romeo – 51
  7. AlphaTauri – 27
  8. Aston Martin – 16
  9. HAAS – 15
  10. Williams – 3

 

The Formula 1 season takes us next to England for Round 10 at the Silverstone Circuit! The Lenovo British Grand Prix will take place from July 1st – July 3rd. Silverstone Circuit is a 52-lap race consisting of 18 turns and spans 5.891km (3.660 miles) per lap. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) currently holds the fastest lap time of 1:27:097 from the 2020 season!

 

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