10 June 2019

Six hours after the race...

The Canadian Grand Prix provided controversy and high drama. But it also proved that Ferrari can beat Mercedes - if Sebastian Vettel can avoid making mistakes. There is no question that a lot of people felt that Ferrari had been robbed of victory by the FIA Stewards. But all they were doing was following the rules that they have to follow. And the reason they do that is because the teams and drivers wanted rules that were not open to interpretation and penalties that were set in stone. And so guidelines were created to stop arbitrary penalties... but that meant that a five second time penalty was the lightest penalty that they could impose once they had decided whether or not an offence had been committed... In the end, it did not serve the sport well, but there are reasons that this happened. For old school racers, it was a scandal... The penalty meant that Lewis Hamilton had only to sit behind Vettel in order to win. He didn't want to win in such a fashion, but he could not pass. Charles Leclerc almost managed to nick second from his team-mate, closing to within a second after the penalty had been applied. Perhaps another lap and he would have had the place. Valtteri Bottas was a lonely fourth and pitted at the end purely to get new tyres to set the fastest lap and take a point off Vettel, who had had the fastest lap at that point. Max Verstappen salvaged a poor qualifying by working his way up to the fifth, ahead of the two Renaults, although sixth and seventh was a good result (long overdue) for the team. McLaren scored no points and so Renault moved to within two points in the Constructors' Championship and will quickly move ahead if the result is not a flash in the pan... Pierre Gasly picked up four points in eighth place but that was not a great result given what Verstappen had achieved. Lance Stroll was a popular ninth for the local fans, who crammed the grandstands, after a good solid drive and a good strategy. On paper the seventh Mercedes victory of the year may not look very exciting, but it was tense, exciting, controversial - and something that will get fans talking about F1 again.

- We talk to Alexander Albon, the quiet star of the season so far.

- We look back to the International Trophy of 1974

- We remember Robin Herd

- DT becomes a film critic

- JS thinks he has found the secret of youth

- The Hack watched the Indy 500

- Peter Nygaard snaps the picturesque Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal

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