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The notion of having a “Dream Season” in which you win every grand prix has come to end for Mercedes. Having won the first six races of the season, Mercedes experienced an MGU-K failure on both cars reducing power (slowing them by 20mph down the back straight) and eventually halting Lewis Hamilton’s race. Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, was able to finish the race but did so in second place behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo who scored his first F1 win.

Exciting races are born from attrition and the notion and that is what we had in Canada. Mercedes may have lost their bid for the perfect season but they clearly haven’t lost their dominance.

Win

Win

Certainly the big win of the day has to be Daniel Ricciardo, the Smiling Assassin, to take his maiden victory in F1. There are other “wins” starting with the Canadian fans who always put on a great race and create a fantastic atmosphere in which to hold a race. Austin could learn a few things here. A big “Win” for an exciting race.

Ricciardo is in good company winning his maiden victory in Canada and joins Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica and Gilles Villeneuve in doing so.

Attrition will always be a part of Formula 1 and a circuit like the one in Canada is a punishing track on brakes and every other component. Because of this, ten cars were out of the race. With that kind of attrition and the action up front, you may have missed another “Win” for the race which was the 4th place run for McLaren’s Jenson Button and a 9th place points finish for his teammate Kevin Magnussen. Much needed points for the folks in Woking.

Force India was another great storyline as they were playing serious strategy with this race and contextually designed around their long-run race pace. It nearly worked until Sergio Perez had brake issues that dropped him into the clutches of Ricciardo and then into the hands of Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa who crashed into Perez on the final lap.

Another “Win” could be for Nico Rosberg who appeared to have his brake bias set more forward and managed to cool his brakes and stave off a retirement, such as the one his teammate suffered, in order to finish the race which puts him 22 points ahead in the driver’s championship instead of just four.

Sebastian Vettel managed to finish a race and while it wasn’t where he would like to be—behind his teammate—it did signal a return to some kind of form for the 4-time champion. He was genuinely happy for Ricciardo’s win and seemed realistic about the gift Mercedes handed Red Bull in Canada.

Honorable mentions to Jean-Eric Vergne for scoring points in what has otherwise been a miserable season so far for the Toro Rosso driver.

Also to Renault for getting a little podium love from Sebastian Vettel who congratulated them for the win today. The company has taken a drubbing of late and needed the boost.

Fail

Fail

To start with, Kvyat, both Lotus drivers, both Marussia drivers, both Caterham drivers as well as both Williams drivers and Lewis Hamilton all get an “F” for their race in Canada. The DNF’s for both Caterhma and Marussia is huge given the amount of attrition in this race and the missed possibility for more points if they had simply finished the race.

Max Chilton’s run of reliability—finishing every race he’s started in F1—came to a dramatic and costly end when he took his teammate out on lap one. Caterham’s turbo failure for Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi’s suspension failure was a massive hit to the team.

Valtteri Bottas’s Williams may have done better but his deep dives into the hairpin lost him crucial positions and his ragged tires left him adrift of a shot for the podium. Williams F1 had every reason to score serious points Sunday but threw it away.

For his teammate, Felipe Massa, the day was turning out to be a dream race where a podium was possible due to his superior speed on fresher tires and while we thought we might be seeing the 2008 version of Massa returning, his crash on the final lap with Perez shows us that the old Felipe we know and love is still here…he just can’t quite get a break these days.

The reason the race was so exciting was because it wasn’t being dominated by Mercedes. There is a lesson in that for F1 but suffice it to say, the drama was riveting and it all centered around the notion that this could be anyone’s race given Merc’s power issues. The crowd went wild when Ricciardo passed Rosberg. They loved the pass and re-pass between Rosberg and Hamilton and tend to like racing where the cars can actually race each other.

A sour day for Ferrari as well as Fernando Alonso said that they would not have been in the points if the race had gone to plan without the Massa/Perez incident but finishing in 6th and 10th in a race with this much attrition is not good enough for the Scuderia.

The first corner defense of his line that Rosberg put on his teammate, Hamilton, was completely a case of good racing. While Twitter was ripe with accusations of Nico being dirty in his tactics have completely forgotten about Bahrain where Hamilton did the very same thing to keep Rosberg behind him. That’s racing folks.

WTH

The “WTH” has to go to Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez. I was a tad confused—what was that all about? Who caused what? At first blush it looked like Massa collided with Perez but then it looked like Perez jinked left catching Massa off guard.

It was later deemed, that Perez caused the incident by moving into Massa’s line and he was penalized a 5-grid spot penalty for the next race in Austria…the right call?

Marussia, hot off their first points of the teams history in Monaco, managed to get it all wrong and end their race on the first lap. BAD.

Lotus F1 still suffering technical failures and that is making a bad year worse. There was a crash in this race and Pastor Maldonado wasn’t involved so that is a positive.

There were some radio communications between Sebastian Vettel and the team in which it did appear, very similar to Hamilton, that the German was questioning the team’s strategy regarding his race. I don’t read much into that, just like I don’t when Hamilton does it, but some suggest that there could be some friction between the two.

Finally, when Nico Rosberg was under attack from teammate Lewis Hamilton around lap 33, he missed a braking zone and cut the final chicane. The stewards reviewed the situation and gave him a warning. At the time, Nico was leading the race and Hamilton was closing in. Twitter, again, was ripe with accusations that he should give the position to Hamilton as he cut the chicane and gained an advantage.

I cannot recall a precedent for a leader to give away the lead for cutting a chicane on the first offense. I could be wrong but a warning is the precedent I recall and if Nico persisted in cutting the chicanes, then he would be asked to cede the position. No penalty, as in a drive-through or 5-second penalty, is clearly the right call from the Stewards which included our friend Derek Daly this weekend. Good call Derek.

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The race results:

POS DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIME
1 Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing 70 1:39:12.830
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 70 1:39:17.066
3 Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing 70 1:39:18.077
4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 70 1:39:24.585
5 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India F1 Team 70 1:39:25.673
6 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 70 1:39:27.699
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing 70 1:39:36.408
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 70 1:39:40.856
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 70 1:39:42.084
10 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 70 1:40:06.508
11 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India F1 Team 69 1:37:39.665
12 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing 69 1:37:39.815
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team 69 1:39:29.355
14 Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 Team 64 1:32:14.792
Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team DNF
Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso DNF
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team DNF
Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team DNF
Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team DNF
Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team DNF
Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team DNF
Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team DNF

 

 

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  • What an enjoyable race. Edge of seat for final 20 minutes.

    Re: MAS / PER crash. Don’t know what stewards will decide but this interesting.

    NBC Sports video MAS PER crash.
    Use pause/play button starting at 1:10 and create a quasi frame-by-frame retelling of the event by quickly double-clicking (pause/start/pause/start etc) your way through to 1:11. Looks like Perez clearly turned into path of Massa, albeit Massa was quite tight on his side. You can see Perez’s wheels turn before Massa collects him.
    http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.co…z-and-massa-crash-hard-on-last-lap-in-canada/

    Martin Brundle hypothesized that Perez has brake issue and juked left to avoid rear-ending Vettel, right into the path of the overtaking Massa.

    • This just in, Perez was deemed to have caused the crash and is penalized a 5-grid penalty for Austria. The right call?

      • Yes. Would like to know if it was brakes related or brain-fade.

      • The Imperative Voice

        Yes, without a doubt. Perez is wounded and dropping back and Massa is coming up to pass him, and Perez was trying to cut off his nose but didn’t anticipate how fast Massa was coming.

        There were actually several incidents of like concern during the race, both Mercedes short cutting missed turns and gaining time by it, Vettel’s repeated defensive covering on Massa.

        They were letting them race, the drivers knew it, and this was the end result. A penalty is fair but I’m amused he gets it because his is the least conscious of the lot. I think he meant to cut down but didn’t see him already there.

    • Here is the short URL to video. Link above is faulty.
      http://goo.gl/YJ6rXA

  • Here is a link Eddie Jordan tweeted and said you can see Massa jinking right: https://vine.co/v/MD0BgJYVeam

    • Wow, if that wasn’t tampered with, then the stewards clearly made the wrong call.

      • Agree Tom. There is something very odd about the Vine/EJ video. That Massa move is nowhere apparent on the NBC World feed. Stewards certainly didn’t see any deviation in race line by Massa.

  • Very interesting. Two different perspectives, two reads. Do you know how the FIA come up with their decision?

    • They look at all the data and camera angles and telemetry so they must have felt that Perez caused it but I’ve seen different angles and it’s a bit cloudy. If it was somewhat cloudy for them, I’d suppose they would have put it down to being a racing incident.

  • Andreas

    Fantastic race! The last 20 minutes or so had me right on the edge of my seat – in fact, as soon as I’m finished typing this I’ll watch it again. Taxi drivers, eh? :-D

  • First off… As they saying downunder right now; Good on ya, Daniel! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Second, as under-powered as the Merc was in the last few laps, Nico was still able to defend and podium…. That begs the question, is a sick Merc more capable than a healthy Red Bull?

    As for the last lap crash… whether or not Perez turned out to avoid Vettel, Massa had blazing pace….Perez radioed that his brakes were bad and long stint tires were going off…. Massa could have waited until the exit of turn 2 to get him, if not, certainly at the next set of corners leading to long straights. I think Massa was being a bit too eager…. but oh well, the FIA has made its verdict.

    • Did Massa have that info? He had already had a bear of a time trying to get by the Red Bulls for the prior 10 laps.

    • UAN

      The thing is Massa needed to overtake Perez as soon as possible if he was going to have a shot at Vettel. It was the last lap. Massa also had a great run on Perez with DRS and fresher tires.

      I think Perez was too aggressive defending considering his tire and brake situation. At a certain point, a driver needs to just accept reality and concede (it sets drivers like ALO/RAI/VET apart from others) the position.

  • The race was exciting due to Merc faltering? How unfortunate for you. The 20-lap finale might have been for p’s 3-8 had Mercs’ -K’s functioned, but it would have been just as compelling, while a fight for the front might have added even more drama.

    -Hamilton arguably out of position v. Rosberg on this track, battling, undercutting. Rosberg having to go into fuel savings while Hamilton’s better fuel management/driving style allowed him attacks. Both driving aggressively to maintain/challenge lead. Great stuff.
    -1st lap safety car minimalizing fuel load fears, allowing best of rest to play to strengths; be it Williams pace, FI tire conservation, or RBR natural speed, jockeying throughout the race was compelling.
    -A hearty congrats to Ricciardo; party of success is positioning one’s self in a position to capitalize should fate intervene. Even w/ a poor qualifying, he did so; what a great new talent.
    -Vettel showed serious speed as well; how did Ricciardo beat him in the pit phase?
    -Warm weather, as predicted, hurt Williams’ chances. On the other hand, Massa had a big burr under his saddle.
    -My inclination is to blame Massa for the Perez incident, but I’m sure the stewards have comprehensive info on any braking issues or deliberate turn-in’s; unfortunate either way; both drivers drove well.
    -Jensen’s move on Alonso was brave and well-judged; a needed bolster for his seat.
    -My prediction about Ferrari’s relative times were correct, but in how it translated to position totally wrong. It has work to do.
    -Bianchi’s been reckless, Monaco points-aside, but in this case that squeeze was uncalled for.

    The cars looked fantastic here, accelerating out of hairpins/chicanes, plenty of drivers making little mistakes that emboldened competitors. Please tell me how they’re trundling around.

    What a thoroughly-enjoyable race, DRS aside; totally unnecessary here.

    • Thanks for patronizing me mate. ;) It was exciting because Merc were vulnerable and it was anyone’s race…including anyone from p3-8 given the attrition. Yes, I enjoyed the race. How unfortunate. :)

      • I’m not patronizing you Todd, as I’m not trying to comfort you. it’s unfortunate because IMO you would have otherwise missed the great racing had the Merc’s not broken themselves.

        While not everyone’s idea of racing, I thought that’s what “purists” enjoyed, competition and race craft, not everything going to your preference. Perhaps if Schumacher was back in the Merc, or Ferrari/Alonso was leading the championship, your thoughts on the race and this season would be different.

        Changing subjects, I’m still on the fence about Perez v. Massa; helicopter overheads point me one way, expert analysis another. I’ll be curious to see what other forum input brings.

        • No…my thoughts would be exactly the same. Regardless of who is winning and who drives what. Come on mate, I’m not quite that perfunctory. Give me a little credit and some modicum of integrity mate. ;)

        • There is something odd about that helo overhead video. The Massa move is just too abrupt not to have been caught by the NBC / world feed camera.

  • Chuck C

    1) I agree about Rosberg on Hamilton at the start. I was actually surprised Lewis didn’t stay outside — which would have left him on the inside of T2 and probably a better line.

    2) What I thought was going to be a massively difficult Drive of the Race call turned into one of the easiest ones in about 2 minutes’ time. You could have easily argued for any of the (at the time) top-6, but it’s Ricciardo in a landslide.

  • With Hamilton’s point deficit, we get to see the 2 Merc drivers play to respective strengths; Hamilton’s outright speed perhaps mingled w/ an overly-emotive influence) v. Rosberg’s more-analytical points-acclimation. Coupled w/ a vicious, venue-dependent fight for best of the rest, I wonder who still feels the racing is poor (not the regs or philosophical arguments of how F1 approaches the larger world).

  • 1) What a terrible race, only a couple of DRS passes, otherwise one big procession and the only way the drivers could try to break out of that were with (potentially dangerous) crashes.

    2) I was just kidding, I loved the race, I merely tried to play devils advocate in order to make some people question what it really is they like about F1. Is it great racing? What does that mean? Overtaking? Defending? Or simply massive crashes? Do they want drama like the Mercedes failures? The point being that when it comes to racing, to defending, to overtaking, then we have had that all year so far and all the critics who were being contrarian would have to hate this race as well. My guess is however, that these people are more in love with the drama than with the racing. In that case, congratulations, this was the race for you.

    3) Now to the race itself. First of all, congratulations to Ricciardo. Great job and a deserved first victory.
    But Red Bull in general looked good. Vettel seems to be back to his old self. He doesn’t have the advantage of the blown diffuser any more, something that nobody could deal with the way he did, but he’s definitely back and he has shown great pace all weekend. Here, he was just a tad unlucky to lose out in the pit-stop game.

    4) Also Kudos to Force India. I don’t think they were ever this close to winning a GP. Great race by both Perez as well as Hülkenberg who did an admirable job, given that he was on the wrong strategy. To bad it ended this way for Perez.

    5) Williams once again didn’t fulfill their potential. This really was the track to do it and they failed. I don’t know how they did it. Well, Massa had a last minute brain fart if that video that was linked to above is legit.

    6) Ferrari with an anonymous race. Nuff said.

    7) I have no idea where Button came from in the end. Fourth? Well done!

    8) Finally Mercedes. Once again a dominating performance, until the hybrid systems on both cars failed simultaneously. What are the odds? There was some great racing between those two until Hamilton had to retire and Rosberg with an incredible performance after losing 160bhp. Granted, within the realm of his terrible fortune, he was lucky to have Perez behind him who was on old tires and apparently had problems with his DRS. Still an amazing performance. I was following live timing on the F1 app and he constantly cranked out one fast lap after another, particularly in the first sector he usually gained a couple of tenths on Perez, which was exactly the margin he later lost on the straights. I couldn’t believe how he constantly kept his lap times under 1:20 with one fifth of his power gone and his brakes being in a bad condition as well. I guess this is the most action Rosberg ever had throughout one race. First the battle royale with Hamilton, then in the second half a massive defensive drive against a bunch of cars that should have driven circles around him.
    So as much as I like Ricciardo, and as great a performance he had, for me drive of the race has to go to Rosberg. This was just epic.

    • jeff

      What happened to Vettel during the pits? Like an idiot I deleted the program from buddy’s UK DVR before finding out, and haven’t seen any info on the inter webs.

      Rosberg’s pace was even more surprising factoring in increased fuel usage and goofy engine-braking performance post-failure. He did an outstanding job.

      Also, has Massa’s tire wear always been that much better than Bottas’? The latter was struggling mightily.

      • UAN

        I think it was RIC’s in lap that made the difference. What really compromised VETs day was not being able to pass HUK after the first stop. The RB10 just didn’t have the straight line speed. RIC benefitted at the end with Perez’s tires going off and brake issues.

      • Vettel simply came in too late. He lost a lot of time behind Hülkenberg. Though I wonder why Red Bull didn’t pit him earlier. The only explanation I have is that they wanted to do a one stop race. They then switched Ricciardo early on to a two stop strategy after he was losing time behind Bottas (I think), but kept Vettel on track for his one stop strategy, which meant that he had to bide his time behind Hülkenberg. Only later did it turn out that a one stop strategy wouldn’t work with these temperatures, which played into Ricciardo’s hands. At least that’s my theory.

  • nofahz

    Good race, will be interesting to see the attrition due to heat this summer.
    I’m half expecting Rosberg to exclaim “Marsha Marsha! Marsha!!” the next time I see a question put to him.
    Props to Canada for an awesome trophy and Gilles helmet color scheme for the grid girls dresses.

  • Manuel G

    Regarding the Perez Massa crash I have mixed feelings….Sergio started moving defensively before massa had even passed Perez, however Massa was planning to throw himself on the inside and the move threw him off. You can see Sergio is taking the same defensive middle line as he did when trying to defend against Ricciardo, Massa was faster, had DRS and Perez had break issues. Massa should’ve been wiser and waited until the main straight with the use of DRS to make a safer pass on Sergio.

    In my opinion it was Massa’s fault as he has the chance of avoiding Sergio + he chose a very questionable overtaking spot given he had the car to overtake sergio later in the lap. But that’s just my opinion, I will say that even if it isn’t Massa’s fault, it’s not entirely Sergio’s either. I would argue it was a racing incident both of them move….Sergio I belive defensively and Massa did one move on the inside then came back and that’s when the contact happened.

    Anyway fantastic race from Sergio up until that point…superior management and pace than Hulkenberg.

  • i really do wish that nico/seb had pulled a fred/kimi… and put dan on their shoulders.

    I cannot stand pastor but that was a great moment in sportsmanship. a real ‘welcome to the club’ moment.

    • Chuck C

      What happened with Pastor? I missed that.

      • He’s referring to the win Pastor had in Spain when they lifted him up on their shoulders as a salute to his first win.

  • UAN

    So pass of the race should go to VET for getting pass PER and MAS. If he was a fraction of a second further into the turn, he would have been totally t-boned by MAS. Very lucky.

    Another pass of the race, Button passing both ALO and HUK at T10. I loved that commenters were left scratching their heads wondering how BUT suddenly went from 8th to 4th. (it was obvious how he got two of those spots, but not the other two :)

    • From Vettel’s perspective, that must have been butt-clenching; setting up for turn in, then a white flash in and out of sight. Yikes!

      With hindsight, it looks to me a racing incident; Massa might have been overly-ambitious and Perez did indeed”change his racing line” as the stewards ruled, but given each’s closing speed to the car in front… Let’s hope the stewards have compelling data for Perez’ penalty. Good analysis from all here on this incident (you too Todd).

      Button’s pass really was something.

      • UAN

        I think Massa needed to get pass Perez quickly to stay with Vettel – it was the last lap so any chance for a podium meant getting past Perez asap. And Perez wanted to hold onto P4 at all costs. So both drivers were highly motivated in that moment to push the limits. Ultimately, I think Perez should have conceded the spot to Massa – it reminded me a bit of the Maldonado / Hamilton coming together in Valencia back in 2011, where Hamilton knew he was going to lose his position but defended very hard, and it didn’t end well then either. Glad all 3 drivers were okay – that could have been really ugly. I do trust the stewards and Daly (who writes an occasional column here at F1B) is a hard, but fair, steward.

        Button was on it with his pass. It looked like Alonso made the same diving attempt on Hulkenberg that Vettel tried after his first pit stop (also on Hulk at the hairpin). Both were faster than the Hulk, except on the back straight, even with DRS, so their only option was late braking at T10. Fair play both times to Hulkenberg as well, seeing Vettel and Alonso’s efforts and adjusting his line to avoid an accident. And if Hulk could see those attempts, Perez should have seen Massa’s as well. It doesn’t seem Perez has the same level of spatial awareness around him that the very top drivers seem to have (not as bad as a Maldonado though).

  • Graeme

    Looking at the aerial shot of the Massa / Perez incident, Massa might have thought that Sergio was going to block the inside, thus changed his line to take the outside, but Perez went to the brakes a little earlier that Massa expected. Just saying that is what it looked like to me. That should not have been a penalty. Perez is allowed to take the line he wants to and brake where he wants.

    • Manuel G

      I agree, If you take a look at the line Sergio took while defending from Ricciardo it’s the same one, he takes a middle line in the track to defend but the redbull braked later and completed a fantastic pass. However when it comes to Massa he was taking the exact same line but Massa was on DRS and much faster and that’s why you see two movements one to the left for the initial inside move and once he sees perez moving he moves to the right to go for the outside but he’s already in the breaking zone and going much faster than Perez. I think he got distracted but I don’t think it deserved a penalty…it was a racing incident.

      P.S. Just something for the conspiracy guys, what do you think about the fact that Adrian Fernandez (sergio’s ex manager) being in the stewards office giving his opinion on the accident…given sergio fired him last year….any hard feelings got into the final decision??

  • MIE

    I was pleased to see Vettel congratulate Ricciardo in parc ferme, no sign of the spoilt brat persona some in the UK press like to present.
    Also I am impressed with Mercedes equality of equipment, with both drivers suffering the same failure of CE within half a lap. It does show the first sign of weakness though, as Hamilton will use his fifth CE for the next race, while Rosberg will only be on his third.

    • Good catch re: CE failure. I’d assumed it was a -K issue.

      It’ll be Hamilton’s 4th CE, no? As you pointed out in the PU element allocation post, these elements are under more external stress than I’d thought.

      Still curious whether converter/inverter functions are within the MGU’s or CE’s.

      • MIE

        Jeff, my reply to you has appeared at the bottom of the comments

  • Cj

    That race was why I love watching f1. The old saying “to finish first, first you have to finish” is a great statement for this race.
    How vettel wasn’t taken out is still a mystery for me and rics single word ‘wow’ on being told he won was priceless.

  • Tim C

    Even though his race ended in a horrific crash, I’ll give “pass of the race” to Massa for his pass over Alonso. It wasn’t anything special, but I can just imagine the smile Felipe must have had as he zipped by Fernando. I know . . . I know . . . the Ferrari is not the car it should be. But, I don’t think Felipe really cares . . . he just got passed his old teammate and it was shown on the world feed. That probably made his race.

    • Chuck C

      You know for a fact he was saying, “Felipe is faster than you, bit**!” ;)

  • Brian

    The Perez/Massa incident really bothers me. Not only did it ruin the races of two drivers, both of whom were having stellar performances, but the stewards’ decision seems completely off base and the penalty overly harsh. Even worse, I have lost a fair bit of respect for Felipe based on his reaction. The guy has caused his fair share of racing incidents and Perez, while involved in several himself, has had a pretty clean career when compared to others in his rookie class. Calling him dangerous just seems impudent.

    It all kind of reminds me of Webber/Vettel in Turkey. Wasn’t there something surrounding that incident about the aero on modern F1 cars? Situations where the aero forces actually pull the cars towards each other under certain circumstances?

    • UAN

      I don’t think there was any aero involved in the Turkey ’10 coming together. It was bit more than Vet being careless though. However, Vet’s crash with Button at the Bus Stop Chicane in Spa ’10 had some funky aero/wet patch thing going on. (And for people who keep bringing up those crashes as indicative of Vet’s driving, I’m hard press to find another incident he’s been involved in almost 4 years later on).

      Re Perez, he’s not exactly a rookie and the latter half of ’12 was rather messy (remember Abu Dhabi?) and he had his share of moments last year as well (Bahrain, Monaco come to mind). Also, his errors tend to come from being too aggressive at the wrong times, and he can get a bit scruffy.

      The thing with the crash though, is that the potential was there for a very serious outcome – not just Perez and Massa, but Vet was incredibly lucky not to have Massa sailing into his cockpit at 150 mph. It’s similar to the reprimand RIC got in FP1 for diving under Maldonado in the pit lane to get pass him – lots of mechanics, etc were very vulnerable if anything went wrong.

  • The only thing in the way of a perfect season for Mercedes was the twin-headed monster of reliability and on-track incidents. Had a little of both in Canada.

    This racing fan feels that Nico Rosberg is becoming quite the dab hand at the professional foul. Two races in a row, that’s a habit. If he was at more than 80% throttle while in the runoff, I’d have given him a penalty, for sure. He claims to have backed off in the first two corners to eliminate any ‘lasting’ advantage, but by continuing on unabated he still extended himself beyond Lewis’ reach in the DRS zone, thus gaining from his error. He says that he thinks the four-wheels-off rule deserves a bit of a rethink, and I agree – I’d like to see it more likely for a driver to be penalized for that. It’s like when they reprofiled la Source at Spa several years ago, or the hairpin at Hockenheim; you saw half the field hopping the exit kerbs and adding ten feet to the radius of the corner.

    Last lap incident; was initially on the ‘it-was-Massa’s-fault’ train until they showed a replay from Felipe’s on-board. He’s not turning towards Perez so much as he is simply getting his car back parallel with the racing line. He doesn’t change his track position, just the angle of his nose. whereas, Perez moves over a good yard or so, and clearly braked about 10m early. Not in a brake check manner, but in a ‘my-brakes-are-rooted’ manner. All the more reason to not be weaving about in the brake zone.

    Thoroughly happy for Ricciardo. Glad the stewards didn’t exclude him.

  • The Imperative Voice

    I like F1 for the driver quality, and this was a good high drama race, but I felt like this race is almost like the outlier that proves what needs to change. All too many of the races are processional with one car or team off into the sunset. But if you introduce course difficulty (Button over Vettel a few years back at Canada was also classic), tire wear, reliability attrition, etc., voila, you have some fun racing between high quality drivers. Mercedes’ issues had the effect of bringing them back to the pack like it was a spec series and you see how much more fun it was to watch.

    • The Imperative Voice

      Interestingly, this race as well as the general pattern of the last few seasons seems to suggest KERS is pivotal. Vettel over Webber (who always seemed to have KERS issues despite being a good driver in a very similar car to the champion’s), and then Mercedes over everyone this year. It looks to me like a combo of aero and KERS is the decider. Negate KERS — which is nominally push to pass but instead appears to be push to win for the men with the best designed system — and it looks like the field would tighten.

      Will it happen? No, the hybrid trickle down premise seems to be a core value of F1 these days. But if certain people didn’t have better KERS than others, or use was more limited, the racing might improve.

  • Interesting set of overhead photos, arranged in time-sequence overlay, of the PER MAS incident.
    http://i.imgur.com/WRTu05L.jpg

  • Brody.

    NBCSports management need to talk to the director, who decided to show the crowd standing up in the stands, when Lewis missed the hairpin and Nico was able to pass, instead of the action on the track. When Nico missed the braking zone, and cut the chicane. I had to laugh when Steve Matchett said that Rosberg didn’t gain an advantage, and was immediately corrected by David Hobbs when he said……” he did gain an advantage.” I really don’t understand how Matchett couldn’t see that Rosberg gained an initial advantage. Derek Daily as a steward not to penalize Rosberg isn’t a suprise, but I wonder what his decision would have been, if the shoe was on the other foot.

    • Those images are provided by Formula One Management, not NBC Sports. We just see the world feed. But yeah, that was pretty infuriating.

  • Brody

    Big congratulations to Daniel, for a fine drive and win.

  • MIE

    You are correct Jeff, it will be Hamilton’s 4th CE. I miss read Craig Scarborough’s piece over at Autosport.
    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/114357
    Craig also wrote a piece explaining the function of the control electronics. Unfortuantely this is behind Autosport’s paywall, but if you have access it is wort a read:
    http://plus.autosport.com/premium/feature/6033/f1-2014-electronics-revolution-explained/
    I supposed it is the rotational speed of the MGU’s that drive them toward being AC rather than DC machines, which require the additional complexity of the CE.

    • Thanks! I’d read Scarbs piece, but had assumed the MGU’s were like BLDC or Stepper motors; their shape pointed me to motor and generator sharing common shafts w/ a switching supply sandwiched in the middle.

      Although that COULD still be correct, in hindsight it makes little sense, w/ F1’s power transfer levels, having sensitive electronics so near high heat motors; better to have it in one spot, although pathways lengthen.

      I’ll be curious to see an MGU internals once someone finally gets ahold of one.