I know I've left this too long, but it is a busy time for us gardeners. My overriding impression of Canda was an enjoyable race, made so by all of things the track breaking up and a Safety Car and a massive cock-up. The first meant there was lots of passing and the second and third meant that the race, which looked to be comfortably in Lewis Hamilton's pocket, wasn't and Robert Kubica and BMW Sauber took a well-deserved first GP victory exactly a year after his huge crash at the same venue.
The Bimmer can't yet match the pace of the Ferraris or McLarens, but has been a comfortable third all season and its drivers going well, especially the Pole who has qualified 2, 6, 1, 4, 5, 5, & 2 with race results of retd., 2, 3, 4, 4, 2 & 1. So, for all but the first race of the season in Australia he has been in a position to make the most of the situation should the four drivers of the Big Two falter, which in Canada they assuredly did, or at least one of them did which eliminated another, whilst the other two weren't in the hunt at all.
Canada was of course the venue for Lewis Hamilton's maiden GP win a year ago and such was the superiority of the Hamilton/Macca combination again that he concealed his hand until the last possible moment in Q3, not wanting to reveal it to the others. The stratagem worked and he swept to pole by six tenths of a second - an immense advantage in today's F1, always providing his fuel load was sensible, which it was. As previously mentioned Kubica was second, Raikkonen third, Alonso fourth, Massa in fifth and Kovalainen way down in seventh.
The track surface was crumbling badly in two corners, including the hairpin turn 10 and this was expected to play an important part in the race in being another cause of accidents and hence potentially Safety Car periods which have a history of affecting the race. The track was patched up on Saturday night with some resin-based polyfilla stuff which did a remarkable if not totally effective job.
However, though it was a Safety Car period which effectively settled
the outcome of the race, it was not caused by the track surface. Adrian
Sutil's Jordan, sorry Force India parked up with a gearbox failure. It
was fascinating to watch as first smoke wafted gently from the front brakes,
then flames started licking upwards before a healthy conflagration developed
which had to be extinguished by a marshal. Apparently the things reach
That's it, back to the gardening - those UV light bulbs don't change
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