The Canadian Grand Prix was easily the most entertaining dry race of the season so far with plenty of great overtaking and lots of drama.
At the heart of it were some hard fought duels – Alonso vs Hamilton, Alonso vs Button, Liuzzi vs Massa, Schumacher vs Buemi, the list is endless.
It was the kind of race you would show to someone who contends that F1 isn’t exciting any more or that the new rules have made it processional. It’s hard to believe that this is the same season which started with everyone slashing their wrists about the new rules in Bahrain.
There were many strong contenders for Driver of the Day, Here is a look at a few of them
Superb pole position, significantly faster than his team mate all weekend. Led away from the start, but lost a place due to a faster Ferrari stop. Great battle, losing a place to Alonso but repassing him into the chicane. Passed Webber for the lead on lap 50.
A contender from the start in a car which was outclassed in Turkey. Typically determined pass on Hamilton, side by side on the exit of the pit lane, to press home the advantage handed to him by Ferrari mechanics at the pit stop. Always a threat, but did he misjudge the slower cars ahead when he lost the lead to Hamilton and P2 to Button.
I watched on track on Saturday morning as the Toro Rosso drivers literally wrestled with their ill handling car. Buemi qualified 15th but took advantage of the chaos at the start and from there held a top ten place. He led for a lap and later his pass on Schumacher was sublime.
The Italian has been under pressure for his drive lately and this was his most effective weekend. He qualified an eye catching sixth and fought like a dog to get back to 9th and some points after Massa hit him at the start.
Finished 6th in the Mercedes, five places ahead of his illustrious team mate Michael Schumacher. He started 10th on the grid, dropped to 13th on the first lap, made a very early stop for hard tyres then drove a very hard second stint to lap 27 in which he passed cars and picked up places as others stopped in front of him.