2008 Canadian F1 GP – Race in jeopardy ?

The problems with asphalt surface of the Montreal track are threatening Sunday Canadian Grand Prix. Several drivers had difficulties to keep the cars on track today and almost in unison they all blamed it on the track breaking apart. Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld, David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli, Sebastien Bourdais all complained about impossible conditions.


Similar problems with the track surface in Montreal developed last year also but only in the later stages of the race. The fact that the track was becoming very difficult to drive on as early as in Q1 today made many drivers worried. The only one who seems to be unfazed by all the problems is Lewis Hamilton:

“What can I say? I put together a clean lap and everyone else was struggling with the track’s poor surfaces and I found a solution. At the end of the day if there is a problem, it is my job to find a solution and get around it as quick as possible. So I am not surprised that I have that big a gap there, because I can see other people would probably not have found it. So that is why I am on pole. It is one of my skills. I am able to adjust to whatever conditions I have, and that is probably why I am so strong in the wet. I feel at home, I feel comfortable. And it wasn’t tough, to be honest.”

I am not really sure what to think when reading these words from Hamilton …

In any case the Canadian GP officials have decided to resurface the worst affected part of the track at the hairpin hoping that this will prevent further porblems during Sunday race.

Can the Canadian GP actually be cancelled due to impossible track conditions ? Well, it can, but I do not believe that is going to happen …

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  1. Hamilton was very close to the barriers and bounced off a few kerbs when setting pole.

    I can’t understand what Hamilton would have seen that others didn’t. Surely he’s on pole because his driving style suits these conditions more. So, presumably does Alonso’s and Rosberg’s as both qualified slightly higher than expected.

    It would be difficult to disagree with the comment about adjusting to conditions though – certainly on circuits where the drivers are so close to the wall.

    Steve Robertson’s last blog post..Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      During the race, to Tele 5 as always, Pedro Martínez de la Rosa had some words about the “magical” pole of Hamilton and how he found the way to the fastest…

      “Hamilton’s trick is to pass over the kerbs cutting the apex by the very edge of the gras on chicanes and specially on the hairpin. Lewis found more grip on the kerbs than in the hairpin’s aspahlt itself, so he decided to pass by the inner side and gain some valuable grip to get more speed”. That is what Hamilton means he found out??? What a joke man!

  2. Well lets hope it is not canceled, it would look very bad for formula 1. And especially Canada and the North American scene. USA track is already lost on the schedule, so maybe Canada will be too if they don’t get their act together!

  3. SergioNo Gravatar says:

    I think Fernando Alonso found it too ;)

  4. xsNo Gravatar says:

    I was at Indy in 2005, and I never thought I’d see that happen, but I would bet Bernie will NEVER let that happen again. I say they race

    xs’s last blog post..Hamilton on pole in Canada

  5. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Hami doesn’t love himself too much???….

    I wasn’t surprised that the track’s asphalt was breaking apart, that already happened before. But really was when saw how the organizers were doing last minute repairs… I would like to say that the Canadian GP is great to see in TV, always full of action, there is big chances to see some accidents and this rise our adrenaline. But the Gilles Villeneuve itself, became the most shabby and with permission to everybody who loves the place, very seedy!

    I haven’t ever been in Canada, but I think the country is quite wonderful and as I’ve seen with photos or TV images (USA is close, and they do have wonderful places also, but many mashed cities). Montreal is a city which haven’t nothing to envy to world’s most turistic capitals as Paris or Rome, mostly because it looks more clean! And seems that the city owns many different kinds of architecture (pretty castle on the hill), places to visit and activities :) When the F1 arrives there the city transforms to a theme park, and that may be cool! :D Wolf had fun there I guess! HEHE

    But the circuit in the Notre Dame Island needs what certainly are doing most of the older circuits of the championship!!! Aren’t in Imola reforming everything? (for that they needed to close one year for their wealth) Haven’t in Silverstone finally their new projects? Race in Spa came back to the calendar thanks to its efforts to better the track!

    Why the Canadian GP organizers layer the track with some patches of cheap asphalt? Why finally doesn’t move the Island’s inner fauna? According to their paddock, I see that the space restrictions don’t allow a decent paddock even. Why the paddock is a bunch of camping tents? Let’s build a dock with platforms on the river!!

    I’m trying to be persuasive that these silly things as see “cars might not pass over the inner side of turn 10 in recognition lap”, stop happening… The race in Canada is always from the bests of the year, but I don’t see any pursuit to better the track, and a better track does really a better race :) In addition to my disappointment, I see marshals there work pretty well, but with tedious work and sometimes too slow.

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