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6 things we learned from the Canadian Grand Prix

From the Canadian Grand Prix contract extension to Mercedes impressive pace
Monday, June 9, 2014

 

9th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - As well as being one of the most exciting races we’ve seen in a while, we learned a few things from the Canadian Grand Prix.

 

 

Mercedes are strong, even when suffering a major issue

Halfway through the race Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg suffered an MGU-K failure which meant they were running with around 160bhp less than normal.

While Hamilton was forced to retire with brake failure Rosberg managed to nurse the issue and lead most of the race, only being passed two laps before the end of the race.

That they can still finish on the podium with a major issue like that shows just how competitive they are and how much better they are than their rivals.

 

Chilton isn’t incident proof after all

The Briton brought his 25 consecutive finishing streak to an end on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix after colliding with his teammate.

After the highs of Monaco, a double retirement for Marussia was a bit of a disappointment but Chilton said he’s sure their performance wasn’t a one off and was an indicator of their progress.

 

Newey is stepping down at Red Bull

Though the design ‘genius’ will remain at Red Bull his role will be an advisory one, rather than Chief Technical Officer.

 

Williams and Force India have great pace

The two teams performed well during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, which is no surprise considering the Mercedes powered teams are much faster than their rivals down the straights, of which Canada has two.

In the end it was only Nico Hulkenberg who finished high in the points after Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez crashed and Valtteri Bottas lacked the pace to get past Jean-Eric Vergne.

 

Daniel Ricciardo is a race winner

Very obvious, yes, but when Ricciardo was announced as Mark Webber's replacement some doubted the young Australian's abilities. 

Race after race he's proven that he's competitive and his victory in Montreal proved some of his doubters wrong. 

 

10 more years of the Canadian Grand Prix

Over the weekend it was announced that the contract for the Canadian Grand Prix has been extended to 2024.

The Canadian Grand Prix is always a good one, so we’re happy to hear we can look forward to it for at least another 10 years.

 

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