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Jun 09 2013

Formula One 2013: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

It’s a partly cloudy 72 in Montreal so there’s no reason to think the whole race will not be run on Drys of which almost everyone has a full compliment.  The tire of choice will be the Super Soft on a 2 pit strategy, but they will have to run the Mediums at least once.  The alternative would be to run Mediums for most of the distance, save a stop, and put the Super Softs on at the end.  Given the 1 second per lap advantage and the speed of the stops I don’t imagine any except the most desperate Teams would try it.

I havent been able to find any news of Massa dropping out after yesterday’s crash so presumably he’ll start.  It’s a shame, it was a brand new chassis.

Grosjean qualified 19th but will be penalized 10 grid spots for causing a collision at the previous round (Monaco). Raikkonen and Ricciardo qualified ninth and tenth respectively; penalised two grid spots each for pit-exit infringements in Qualifying.  This is reflected in the pretty tables.

Brad Spurgeon thinks this is a much tougher track than I do, pointing to the heavy braking at the end of the straights.  I say this gives them plenty of time to cool down.  He also says the surface is abrasive and it may very well be, but if you’re getting 22 laps out of Super Softs under heavy fuel how bad can it be?

He does point out that this is the first of the really fast tracks where the Teams start using their lower downforce settings and that could make a difference for cars with good mechanical grip (like Scuderia Marlboro when their wind tunnel was screwed up).

Montreal’s contract expires in 2014 and the Harper government has shown no willingness to pony up its share of the $15 Million kickback to Formula One.  At times like this it’s important to remember what Canada’s 2 largest national industries are-

Repeats on NBC Sports at 8 pm and 12:30 am Tuesday.

Pretty tables below.

Starting Grid

Grid Driver Team Q-Time Q-Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.425 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.512 31
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:25.897 30
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.008 32
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.208 30
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.504 30
7 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.543 32
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:27.348 29
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.435 22
10 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:27.432 32
11 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:27.946 31
12 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:29.761 23
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:29.917 24
14 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.068 22
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.315 24
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:30.354 20
17 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.908 12
18 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:25.626 10
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.508 12
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.062 12
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:27.110 10
22 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:25.716 13

Driver Standings

Rank Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 107
2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 86
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 78
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 62
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 47
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 45
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 28
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 25
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 16
12 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 12
13 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 7
14 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 5
15 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 5

Constructor Standings

Rank Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 164
2 Ferrari 123
3 Lotus-Renault 112
4 Mercedes 109
5 Force India-Mercedes 44
6 McLaren-Mercedes 37
7 STR-Ferrari 12
8 Sauber-Ferrari 5

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