The Canadian Grand Prix was another classic race, with some great drives, high drama, strategy intrigues and good and bad luck for various drivers. But who stood out for you?
Who was your Driver of the Day?
From 6th on the grid, the Aussie held position in the opening stint, behind Vettel and Bottas. When the Finn stopped on lap 35 and Vettel a lap later, Ricciardo went another lap longer and got ahead of both. This brought him up behind the one stopping Perez and he was eventually able to pass him, to set himself up for the challenge on Rosberg when the Mercedes hit trouble. A very popular maiden win.
Losing a win with three laps to go counts as a disappointment on one level, but the fact that Rosberg was able to finish at all, let alone second, is down to some cool headed management of an ailing car. The ERS on both Mercedes went haywire, leading to overheating of the rear brakes and Rosberg managed that and fuel saving while maintaining enough pace to make the podium. He was fortunate not to be penalised for cutting the chicane when defending from Hamilton, as he broke the DRS by doing so.
Button got a very strong result from a very unpromising weekend. After Friday McLaren didn’t look strong on race pace and qualifying was a bit uneven with Button 9th and Magnussen 12th. Button lost a place at the start, then pitted relatively early for the first stop. He trailed Raikkonen for the second stint, pitting one lap earlier and making the undercut. With 12 laps to go he was 9th; he was 8th with three laps to go and then with the chaos of the final laps he passed Alonso and Hulkenberg to steal 4th.
Another strong drive from the German; from 11th on the grid to 5th at the finish. Force India had set the car up for the race, rather than qualifying, knowing that they had the straight-line speed and the tyre management to mount a challenge with a one stop strategy. Hulkenberg started on the soft tyre and managed to get 41 laps out of it, at a good pace. Retirements of Perez and Massa boosted his finishing position, but he was there to pick up the pieces.
A vintage performance from the Brazilian who led the race on lap 48 and was challenging for a podium thanks to a strategy which gave him fresher tyres for a late race attack. It didn’t look promising after losing four seconds in his first stop, which cost him two places to Alonso and Vergne. But he fought his way back up. It all went badly wrong when he crashed with Perez and suffered a 32g impact into the tyre barriers. But the stewards said he was blameless and it was good to see Massa back on form, even if his day did end in the hospital.