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Ten talking points from the Canadian GP

  1. Well, that was disappointing

    We had high hopes of an entertaining race in Canada, however the spectacle failed to live up to the expectation as Mercedes romped to a comfortable one-two ahead of the rest of the field.

    Lewis Hamilton did at least make up for the team error that cost him victory in Monaco a fortnight ago by claiming his fourth win around the streets of Montreal. The world champion never looked under pressure as Nico Rosberg struggled to get close enough to properly challenge for the lead.

    Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa were the only drivers to make significant gains, with the German finishing an impressive fifth from eighteenth on the grid.

    Meanwhile, most of the others crossed the line more or less where they started…

  2. The phrase "lift and coast" should be banned forever

    And the reason for such a monotonous display? More than likely because the drivers were having to ease off the throttle and roll into the corners in order to prevent their brakes from overheating.

    This meant that the turns either side of the pit lane were the only locations that really saw any passes, and even these were at least partially aided by DRS down the back straight.

    Move of the day came between Felipe Massa and Marcus Ericsson, as the Brazilian got his Williams past the Sauber at Turn 3 after drawing level two corners earlier. Both drivers can be commended for their fair racing, but sadly it was the standout moment from a sparse selection of highlights.

    Surely the sport can’t let this kind of racecraft persist for much longer?

  3. Alonso is losing patience with McLaren-Honda

    Following another double retirement for the beleaguered Woking team, we know exactly what Fernando Alonso thinks of his MP4-30.

    Instructed to save fuel on lap 25, the Spaniard came back with the kind of radio message that Kimi would be proud of: “I don’t want to. Already I have big problems now, driving with this, looking like amateurs.”

    After the race, Alonso - presumably flanked by a flustered PR rep - insisted that there was no lingering frustration and that “something good is coming”.

    Improvements may well be on the way, but the cat is now well and truly out of the bag. And it’s probably faster in a straight line than he is.

  4. Max Mosley has been doing some thinking

    Prior to the grand prix, former president of the FIA Max Mosley joined F1’s spending debate by proposing fewer engineering restrictions for teams with less money.

    “Because you have more freedom your car would be as quick as the expensive teams,” said the 75-year-old. “Then you’d get very competitive racing and the smaller teams wouldn’t be in as much financial trouble.”

    Though an interesting suggestion, it would be immensely difficult to create two sets of rules that produced closely matched race cars. And that’s after you’ve convinced the big teams to fully disclose their expenditure…

    The GPDA’s Fan Survey - launched a few weeks ago - is no longer accepting submissions, but they are due to report their findings in the middle of next month. Let’s hope someone out there has had a brainwave or two.

  5. The internet erupted with Groundhog Day puns

    Why did the beaver cross the road? To make the race more exciting.

    That’s our conclusion anyway. Drivers were forced to avoid a rather unusual hazard as a groundhog made its way onto the track, narrowly avoiding a disastrous collision with a train of cars led by Felipe Massa.

    The startled animal soon retreated to the grass, but not before Lotus kick-started a wave of all-too-obvious wordplay.

    No dam-age done…

  6. Ferrari's race pace never showed up

    The Italian team were hopeful of challenging for the win in Montreal, but the extra horsepower they’d reportedly eked out of their engine wasn’t enough to propel Kimi Raikkonen above the third place he’d qualified in.

    In reality Ferrari looked worse than they have done on previous Sundays, to the extent that Valtteri Bottas was able to hold onto the last podium position after Kimi’s costly spin at the hairpin on lap 28.

    With Sebastian Vettel getting to within four seconds of his teammate from the back of the grid, Raikkonen’s grip on a drive at Ferrari appears to be getting weaker with each passing race.

    And if Bottas continues to perform as well as he has done for Williams, the more likely it seems he could be racing in red next year.

  7. Grosjean got served with a slice of humble pie

    The Frenchman was quick to criticise teenager Max Verstappen after the young Belgian ran into the back of his Lotus in Monaco, saying at the time that the collision was “stupid”.

    With that in mind, plenty of people will have enjoyed a good chuckle when Romain misjudged a move on Will Stevens under blue flags at the last chicane, cutting across the Manor driver and forcing them both into the pits with damage.

    Grosjean initially claimed he’d been hit from behind on team radio, but later conceded: “I thought I was past the Manor, but it was soon clear that I wasn’t. It was my fault entirely and I apologise for it.”

  8. Red Bull continue to suffer

    Breaking news: Daniel Ricciardo has been pictured without a smile on his face.

    That’s how bad the weekend was for the Australian. Having won his first race here in dramatic fashion twelve months ago, Daniel endured a miserable return to Canada as he trudged home in 13th; four places behind his teammate.

    “I am banging my head against the wall,” said Ricciardo after getting out of the car.

    “At the moment all I can do is laugh. Race cars are complicated. Some days you don’t understand them… Unfortunately we haven’t really got on top of it this weekend, but we didn’t expect to be that slow in the race.”

  9. Points for Pastor

    Good News for Maldonado! The Venezuelan scored his first points of the season - and for only the ninth time in his career as well - after crossing the line in seventh behind F1’s leading constructors.

    Anyone playing Maldonado Bingo could have scored 10 points for Pastor’s clean race, 15 points for beating Romain Grosjean and 20 points for his top ten finish.

    You could also have picked up 5 points after he was pushed wide by Sebastian Vettel at the chicane, although you’d have lost 10 points if you’d gambled on him moving up the grid: as it transpired, he’d dropped one place by the end of grand prix.

    Did anyone score the maximum of 45 points with their three picks?

  10. That's all folks

    You were treated to a ‘Bonus seventh thing’ in Six Things before the weekend, but now we’re redressing the balance. In a grand prix that underwhelming, the minimum of ten interesting talking points failed to materialise. So here’s a picture of Al Pacino instead.

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