Canada Grand Prix – Race Results: P9
Kimi Räikkönen equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of consecutive points finishes as he endured a difficult Canadian Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean fought through the field to temporarily occupy a points placing, before an unexpected second stop dropped him to 13th place from his back of the grid start in Montréal.
Kimi falls to third place in the Drivers’ Championship, with Fernando Alonso now in second, 12 points ahead of him. The team drops to fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, with Mercedes 20 points ahead in third.
Kimi started from P11 with a new set of supersoft tyres, changing to new mediums on lap 22. Romain started from P22 on a new set of medium tyres, switching to new supersofts on lap 42 and new mediums on lap 53.
Today was Kimi’s 35th consecutive race finish – 27th consecutive with Lotus F1 Team – and 24th consecutive Grand Prix points finish; the latter statistic meaning he equals Michael Schumacher’s record.
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h32:09.143 2. Alonso Ferrari + 14.408 3. Hamilton Mercedes + 15.942 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 25.731 5. Rosberg Mercedes + 1:09.725 6. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 7. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 8. Massa Ferrari + 1 lap 9. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 1 lap 10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 11. Perez McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap 12. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap 13. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 1 lap 14. Bottas Williams-Renault + 1 lap 15. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 2 laps 16. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 2 laps 17. Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 18. Pic Caterham-Renault + 2 laps 19. Chilton Marussia-Cosworth + 3 laps 20. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari + 7 laps Fastest lap: Webber, 1:16.182 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 46 van der Garde Caterham-Renault 44 World Championship standings, round 7: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 132 1. Red Bull-Renault 201 2. Alonso 96 2. Ferrari 145 3. Raikkonen 88 3. Mercedes 134 4. Hamilton 77 4. Lotus-Renault 114 5. Webber 69 5. Force India-Mercedes 51 6. Rosberg 57 6. McLaren-Mercedes 37 7. Massa 49 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 8. Di Resta 34 8. Sauber-Ferrari 5 9. Grosjean 26 10. Button 25 11. Sutil 17 12. Vergne 13 13. Perez 12 14. Ricciardo 7 15. Hulkenberg 5
Kimi Räikkönen: “My race didn’t start very well and then my brakes were fading with the pedal going soft; similar to the problem we had on Friday. It wasn’t ideal but at least the brakes were good enough to slow me down for the corners. Unfortunately though it meant I lost a lot of time and wasn’t able to attack, plus we lost a few seconds in the pit stop which obviously didn’t help either. Most of my race was just following the cars in front and defending from those behind, so not the most enjoyable day nor the most enjoyable result. It’s been a bad weekend, but at least we scored a few points.”
Romain Grosjean: “It was always going to be a tough race coming from the back, but it’s still disappointing to miss out on the points. Things were looking good until we switched to the option tyres, but they dropped off far quicker than we expected which forced us to stop again. Sadly that effectively put an end to our race as by that time there was no way back. After a promising start on Friday it’s not been the best weekend, but we had good pace last year at Silverstone so we’ll come back looking to put things right.”
Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “Today was certainly character building. On the plus side, Romain drove a measured and mature race through the field and should have finished in the points had we not had to make a second stop, which wasn’t to our original plan. Kimi had a frustrating day, but still scored some points. We couldn’t show the pace we wanted this weekend and will be all the more focused when we get to Silverstone as we are obviously very keen to get our championship challenge back on track.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “We clearly haven’t been quick enough all weekend and we’ll go back to Enstone to analyse why. We’ll then react to those conclusions and hopefully get ourselves back up to where we want to be, which is fighting for podiums and wins. We have an aero test before Silverstone, a new bodywork package and other tweaks to come so there is plenty of potential to improve. We simply weren’t quick enough this weekend.”