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Jun 09 2019

Formula One: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

As the tastefully diffused for maximum visibility but pitiless and relentless LEDs glinted off the stark and spotless Epoxy of Maranello, Scuderia Marlboro was worried.

Manufacturers’ Standings

Rank Team Points
1 Mercedes 257
2 Ferrari 139
3 Red Bull Racing Honda 110
4 McLaren Renault 30
5 Racing Point BWT Mercedes 17
6 Haas Ferrari 16
7 Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 16
8 Renault 14
9 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 13

Of the 6 races of 21 total this season they have wone exactly…

None.

Drivers’ Standings

Rank Driver Team Points Rank Driver Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 137 2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 120
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 82 4 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 78
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 57 6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 32
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 18 8 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 14
9 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 13 10 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 13
11 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 12 12 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 9
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 8 14 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 7
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 6 16 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 4
17 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 2

Before yesterday they only had one Pole, LeClerc. Now they have Vettel.

It is Race 7 of 21.

Starting Grid

Grid Driver Team Time Grid Driver Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:10.240 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:10.446
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:10.920 4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:11.071
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 1:11.079 6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:11.101
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:11.324 8 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:11.863
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:11.800 10 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:11.921
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:13.981 12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:12.136
13 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:12.193 14 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:12.197 16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:12.230
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:12.266 18 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:13.617
19 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:14.393

Sainz takes a three places hit for impeding. Magnussen starts from the Pits following a change of chassis after qualifying.

The Scuderia could and should take this one maybe. There’s no question they need to. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is well suited to Maranello’s supposed strengths with a long front and back straights on which they can show off that Barcelona Engine Power. Meanwhile Mercedes is finally rolling out their first set of upgrades. Why fix what ain’t broke? Hamilton wasn’t far off Vettel’s pace and it was do to a driving error (to the extent sub-optimal performance is an error). Over the course of the race the advantage might easily disappear.

Pirelli is bringing the 3 softest compounds it has- C3 (Hard), C4 (Medium), and C5 (Soft). They’ll go off much faster than in Monaco because the speeds are higher and the track is blazing hot.

3 comments

  1. ek hornbeck

    Formation Lap

  2. ek hornbeck

    We race

  3. ek hornbeck

    Norris collects a wall

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