Canadian Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

caf76150eda129b69fe8d6dab37f63d6Sebastian Vettel

Standings: Vettel 6, Webber 1

After setting the fastest lap time during Q3’s best conditions, Sebastian Vettel took victory in very familiar style. Even though Webber had looked like a contender during Friday and Saturday practice, Mark was unable to match the pace of his team-mate and eventually finished over 25 seconds behind. Webber’s poor race can only be blamed on him – if he hadn’t mucked his first qualifying lap he may well have started the race from the front grid slot. A fifth-place on Saturday left him stuck behind Rosberg on Sunday while Vettel romped into the distance. Another race, another clear victory to Sebastian.

SCUDERIA-FERRARI-20111Fernando Alonso

Standings: Alonso 6, Massa 1

After Massa put himself in the wall on Saturday, it was up to Alonso to put up a fight for Ferrari. The Spaniard had looked particularly quick all weekend, but fell short in qualifying and had to start the race a disappointing sixth. Despite being held in traffic for much of the race, Fernando came through to pass Rosberg, Webber and then Hamilton in the dying laps to finish in second place. He’ll be disappointed to have finished behind Vettel, but the second step on the rostrum promoted him to second in the championship. While Massa managed some exciting overtaking manoeuvres, he didn’t show any pace like that of Alonso throughout the event.

mcLaren logoSergio Perez

Standings: Button 5, Perez 2

McLaren leave Montreal pointless and with their drivers unhappy at the lack of development to the MP4-28. Button was out-qualified and out-raced by Perez, though finishing in 12th will be of little satisfaction to the Mexican. Despite setting the seventh and eighth fastest lap times of the race, Sergio and Jenson finished over a lap behind race-winner Vettel. It’s the team’s – and Button’s – home race next round. Can the pair pull a miracle out of the bag?

Lotus F1 Team -  Official LogoKimi Raikkonen

Standings: Raikkonen 5, Grosjean 2

Raikkonen suffered a nightmare race. A mix of gearbox issues and pit-stop mishaps lost him countless seconds. He didn’t look anywhere near the front runners all weekend and, to make matters worse, a post-qualifying penalty sent him down to 10th on the grid.

But he still did considerably better than his team-mate.

While Raikkonen was busy correcting mistakes and issues on his way to ninth, Grosjean was suffering from another bout of anonymity. 22nd on the grid wasn’t going to help his cause one bit, but it opened up the door for a truly spectacular recovery drive. Unfortunately it never eventuated and, despite his team-mate’s woes, he came home 13th and a lap down.

Mercedes_AMG_Petronas_logoLewis Hamilton

Standings: Rosberg 2, Hamilton 5

In a turnaround from Monaco, it was Lewis who looked streets ahead of his team-mate. Montreal has proven itself since 2007 to be one of Hamilton’s better tracks – and this was shown again this weekend. It’s hard to imagine a driver having done much better than Lewis managed; while Nico Rosberg may not be recognised as the fastest driver on the grid, he’s no slouch and to finish 55 seconds ahead of him is no easy achievement. Canada was perhaps the Briton’s strongest race of 2013 and he’ll need to be even stronger in two weeks’ time if he wishes to grace the podium in front of his home crowd for the first time since 2010. It was the Lewis of old in Montreal and if he’s gotten comfortable in the W04, he could yet launch a championship challenge later in the season.

Teamlogo_SauberF1TeamNico Hulkenberg

Standings: Hulkenberg 6, Gutierrez 1

Nico again showed his supremacy in qualifying, setting a time good enough for 11th (which became ninth after penalties) while Gutierrez managed only 15th. Neither driver showed particularly strong pace during the race: Hulkenberg set the 18th slowest lap of the race and Gutierrez the 20th. Accidents sent both drivers out of the race, but at the point of retirement Hulkenberg had done enough to show he was performing better on the day. Having secured no points, Sauber fell 15 points behind Toro Rosso in the standings. It’s going to be a steep hill from here for the Swiss squad. Nico will be ruing his decision to leave Force India.

Sahara_Force_India_LogoPaul di Resta

Standings: di Resta 5, Sutil 2

Despite qualifying a lowly 17th, di Resta delivered the goods on Sunday, finishing in seventh and three places in front of his team-mate on a day Sutil should have capitalised on the strength of the Force India. Paul’s impressively long first stint set him up well for points, but he’d perhaps have not had the pace to beat his team-mate had Adrian kept his nose clean for the 70 laps. An early-race spin when dicing with Bottas did little damage compared the drive-through penalty he received for ignoring blue flags. The stewards were ruthless this weekend and the imperfect suffered the consequences. Sutil will be disappointed to have come away from Force India’s 100th race weekend with only a single point.

williams-f1-logoValtteri Bottas

Standings: Maldonado 3, Bottas 4

Valtteri will leave Montreal disappointed despite having qualified 3rd on the grid. 14th would’ve been a tough pill to swallow after such a promising run on Saturday. If the weather had stayed for Sunday the Williams team might have been celebrating their first points of the season that evening, but dry weather relegated them to the lower order. Maldonado will have been embarrassed to have qualified 13th and two laps down won’t have helped the team’s quest to secure future sponsor partnerships. Despite both drivers scoring no points, it was Pastor who was out-qualified, out-raced and out-classed in Montreal.

4218438_origJean-Eric Vergne

Standings: Vergne 3, Ricciardo 4

Jean-Eric capitalised on his best ever qualifying result to record his best ever finish result. On a day when his team-mate struggled with rear-tyre grip, the Frenchman put himself firmly in the spotlight for the 2014 Red Bull seat. Ricciardo lost out at the first stops and gradually fell back as the race progressed. It’s been two dominant performances in a row for Vergne and just the confidence booster he needed as they head back to Europe. The Frenchman now sits ahead of his team-mate in the standings and it’ll be interesting to see if Daniel’s perennial smile begins to fade as the pressure begins to mount.

caterham-f1-team-logo-design-via-imjustcreative3Charles Pic

Standings: Pic 5, van der Garde 2

Pic brought the car home while his team-mate was involved in two major incidents. The first, wherein he damaged Mark Webber’s front wing while being lapped, was followed by an incident with Nico Hulkenberg that ended both drivers’ races. For Caterham the race was 70 laps of keeping the car running – Pic’s strong qualifying pace amounted to nothing as the Frenchman finished over a lap behind Jules Bianchi. The season goes on for Caterham and the likelihood of points in 2013 looks less and less with each passing race.

marussia-logo-2Jules Bianchi

Standings: Bianchi 6, Chilton 1

Bianchi was half-a-second ahead of his team-mate in qualifying and finished a lap ahead in the race. The Frenchman’s fastest lap time was an impressive seven tenths quicker than his British team-mate’s and Chilton will be happy to be heading back to home soil and a familiar track. With Toro Rosso looking to have made a step forward in the last few races, the bottom two teams are fairly solidly behind that of the Williams drivers. It’s business as usual at Marussia.

 

See also:

Monaco Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

Spanish Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

Bahrain Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

Chinese Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

Malaysian Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

Australian Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

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