Formula 1 – Canadian GP Preview


After 2 weeks break we are headed for another race weekend. Montreal track is a mixture of a street circuit and permanent road course pretty much in the city. It is a low downforce track with several chicanes and slow corners with several overtaking opportunities. Moreover the walls and barriers are never too far away. This is the right mix for exciting race.

We should not forget the famous Wall Of Champions, that became known as such after 1998 race when 3 world champs ended up on it (Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher).

Ferrari won here 6 times in last 10 years (all wins by Michael Schumacher), but also recorded 5 second places and 4 third places. However their last win came in 2004.

Three former winners will be on grid this year – Ralf Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
Felipe Massa had very good race in 2004 for Sauber, when he finished at 4th place.
Ferrari should be more competitive on this track than they were in Monaco, perhaps they should have some edge over McLarens. It will be interesting to see what happens behind these 2 as well as both Renault and Red Bull seem to believe they are catching BMW Sauber.
In Montreal the safety car loves to have its go around, so anything can happen.
Here is what happened here in past 10 years.2006
1) Fernando Alonso – Renault – 1’34:37.308
2) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +2.1
3) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +8.8
4) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +15.6
5) Felipe Massa – Ferrari +25.1
6) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +1 lap
7) Nick Heidfeld – BMW Sauber +1 lap
8)David Coulthard – Red Bull-Ferrari +1 lap
9) Jenson Button – Honda +1 lap
10) Scott Speed – Toro Rosso-Cosworth +1 lap

2005
1) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1’32:09.290
2) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +1.1
3) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +40.4
4) Felipe Massa – Sauber-Petronas +55.1
5) Mark Webber – Williams-BMW +55.7
6) Ralf Schumacher – Toyota +1 Lap
7) David Coulthard – Red Bull-Cosworth +1 Lap
8)Christian Klien – Red Bull-Cosworth +1 Lap
9) Jacques Villeneuve – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
10) Tiago Monteiro – Jordan-Toyota +3 Laps

2004
1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:28’24.803
2) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +5.108 secs
3) Jenson Button – BAR-Honda +20.409 secs
4) Giancarlo Fisichella – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
5) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
6) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
7) Timo Glock – Jordan-Ford +2 Laps
8)Nick Heidfeld – Jordan-Ford +2 Laps
9) Christian Klien – Jaguar-Cosworth +3 Laps
10) Zsolt Baumgartner – Minardi-Cosworth +4 Laps

2003
1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:31’13.591
2) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +0.784 secs
3) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW +1.355 secs
4) Fernando Alonso – Renault +4.481 secs
5) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +64.261 secs
6) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +0.502 secs
7) Mark Webber – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
8)Olivier Panis – Toyota +1 Lap
9) Jos Verstappen – Minardi-Cosworth +2 Laps
10) Antonio Pizzonia – Jaguar-Cosworth +4 Laps

2002
1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:33’36.111
2) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +1.132 secs
3) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +7.082 secs
4) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes +37.563 secs
5) Giancarlo Fisichella – Jordan-Honda +42.812 secs
6) Jarno Trulli – Renault +48.947 secs
7) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW +51.518 secs
8)Olivier Panis – BAR-Honda +1 Lap
9) Felipe Massa – Sauber-Petronas +1 Lap
10) Takuma Sato – Jordan-Honda +1 Lap

2001
1) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW – 1:34:31.522
2) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +20.235
3) Mika Häkkinen – McLaren-Mercedes +40.672
4) Kimi Räikkönen – Sauber-Petronas +1:08.116
5) Jean Alesi – Prost-Acer +1:10.435
6) Pedro de la Rosa – Jaguar-Cosworth +1 Lap
7) Ricardo Zonta – Jordan-Honda +1 Lap
8)Luciano Burti – Prost-Acer +1 Lap
9) Tarso Marques – Minardi-European +3 Laps

2000
1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:41:12.3
2) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +0.174
3) Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Playlife +15.365
4) Mika Häkkinen – McLaren-Mercedes +18.561
5) Jos Verstappen – Arrows-Supertec +52.208
6) Jarno Trulli – Jordan-Mugen-Honda +1:01.687
7) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +1:02.216
8)Ricardo Zonta – BAR-Honda +1:10.455
9) Alexander Wurz – Benetton-Playlife +1:19.899
10) Pedro Diniz – Sauber-Petronas +1:54.544

1999
1) Mika Häkkinen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:41:36.2 2
2) Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Playlife +0.782
3) Eddie Irvine – Ferrari +1.797
4) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-Supertec +2.392
5) Johnny Herbert – Stewart-Ford +2.805
6) Pedro Diniz – Sauber-Petronas +3.711
7) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +5.004
8)Marc Gené – Minardi-Ford +1 Lap
9) Olivier Panis – Prost-Peugeot +1 Lap
10) Luca Badoer – Minardi-Ford +2 Laps

1998

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1’40:57.3
2) Giancarlo Fisichella – Benetton-Playlife +16.662
3) Eddie Irvine – Ferrari +1:00.059
4) Alexander Wurz – Benetton-Playlife +1:03.232
5) Rubens Barrichello – Stewart-Ford +1:21.513
6) Jan Magnussen – Stewart-Ford +1 Lap
7) Shinji Nakano – Minardi-Ford +1 Lap
8)Ricardo Rosset – Tyrrell-Ford +1 Lap
9) Pedro Diniz – Arrows +1 Lap
10) Jacques Villeneuve – Williams-Mecachrome +6 Laps

1997

1) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 1:17:41.3 1
2) Jean Alesi – Benetton-Renault +2.565
3) Giancarlo Fisichella – Jordan-Peugeot +3.219
4) Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Williams-Renault +3.768
5) Johnny Herbert – Sauber-Petronas +4.716
6) Shinji Nakano – Prost-Mugen-Honda +36.701
7) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes +37.753
8)Pedro Diniz – Arrows-Yamaha +1 lap
9) Damon Hill – Arrows-Yamaha +1 lap
10) Gianni Morbidelli – Sauber-Petronas +1 lap

4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. steverobbo says:

    Should be an interesting race. My money is on Massa.

    I’ll have to watch the practice live, on ITV4. Could this be Hamilton’s first pole?

  2. F1 Wolf says:

    well, Massa’s win would be bad news for Kimi …

    with Hamilton one can never say never…

  3. Vik says:

    I really cheer for Massa!

    Great post again!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Fisichella will do much better here I think….I hope..Ciao

    http://www.lucianobove.blogspot.com

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