The ninth stage of the Formula 1 season 2022 is, as always, subjective assessments of the author.
Max Verstappen – 10
A perfect weekend for the reigning champion, who confidently outperformed everyone on a wet track in qualifying, and carried Sainz on fresher tires for 15 laps before the finish of the race. A truly championship performance and the first victory in his career in Canada.
Lewis Hamilton – 9
Third place in Canada was only the second podium for Lewis this season, and the Briton did not hide his joy at the result. Mercedes still cannot keep up with Red Bull and Ferrari, but Hamilton never made a mistake, Alonso and Ocon passed in the fight. And after the finish I felt much better than in Baku.
Fernando Alonso – 8.5
Alonso became one of the heroes of the weekend when he qualified for the first row of the starting grid, but then everything did not go according to plan: the decisions of the strategists turned out to be wrong, the power plant began to fail, and it was forbidden to overtake Okon from the command bridge. The Spaniard did not deserve any of this, although the fine for wagging in front of Bottas under the current regulations was on the case.
Carlos Sainz – 8
In qualifying, the Spaniard made a mistake at the exit of the last corner, because of which he missed the opportunity to start side by side with Verstappen. Nevertheless, after the restart with 15 laps to go, the Spaniard did not let go of the leader of the race and constantly put pressure on him. As a result, the Ferrari was not fast enough to overtake, so the second place is the maximum possible.
This is the second time in a row that Sainz has climbed the podium without Leclerc.
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Charles Leclerc – 8
Monegasque also achieved the maximum possible at the start from the last row and a hitch at the pit stop of the result. Leclerc was patient and careful when overtaking (unlike Monaco 2019, where he also had to break through from the depths) and scored ten points – the mechanics and shape of the Mercedes did not allow him to rise higher.
Guanyu Zhou – 8
On a completely unfamiliar track, the Chinese debutant spent his best weekend in Formula 1 at the moment: in the most difficult rain conditions, Zhou was ahead of Bottas and reached the qualifying final, Ricciardo passed at the start and eventually won eighth position.
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George Russell – 7.5
In theory, Russell was supposed to win Hamilton for the fourth qualification in a row, but George switched to slicks too early and actually deprived himself of the second attempt, although after the first he was ahead of his partner. This decision, which is entirely on the conscience of the pilot, dropped him to eighth place on the grid and actually deprived him of the podium.
Esteban Ocon – 7
In qualifying, the Frenchman drove a frustratingly slow lap, more than a second and a half behind Alonso, but in the race Esteban kept a competitive pace and held Charles Leclerc back for almost twenty laps, even if he had more worn tires. True, in the end, Okon still missed the Ferrari, and remained ahead of his partner only thanks to an order from the boxes.
After a nightmarish qualification, Stroll still scored one point
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Lance Stroll – 7
Stroll, who usually looks good in the rain, this time lost to Vettel in qualifying by more than a second. But the Canadian rehabilitated himself in the “dry” race – due to the long first segment (47 laps on one set, only Bottas lasted longer), the driver got a chance to attack in the end and won back three positions in the last laps.
Mick Schumacher – 7
Schumacher’s weekend in Canada was the best this season: he qualified well, albeit losing 0.4 seconds to his partner – it was perhaps the smallest gap between the partners this time, and at the end of the quarter of the distance he kept seventh. “Haas”, alas, was not as reliable as the pilot.
Alexander Albon – 6.5
In the rain qualifying, Albon managed to achieve much more than the traditional 16-18 places, although not without a mistake. In the race, Alex stayed in the top 10 for some time, but the miracle did not happen – Williams is still not fast enough to score points in the absence of force majeure.
Daniel Riccardo – 6.5
Ricciardo seems to have become more comfortable driving the McLaren, but there is still no speed – in the first segment, Deng missed Zhou, and at the finish line he could not hold back Stroll and was out of the top 10.
In Canada, Bottas lost the qualification to his partner for the second time in a row
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Valtteri Bottas – 6
The Finn this time looked very mediocre: he again lost the qualification to his partner, and on the first lap he rolled even further, missing Perez and Albon. Valtteri was able to get ahead of Zhou only due to the safety car – if not for him, the pit stop would inevitably throw Bottas further.
Lando Norris – 6
Engine problems ruined Lando’s qualifying and, as if that wasn’t enough, he got stuck for 20 seconds in pit-stop-sync with Ricciardo and over-speeded in the pit lane. The result is a hopeless 15th place.
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Sebastian Vettel – 5.5
After an unsuccessful qualification (the engineers mixed up the tire pressure), Seb tried to recoup due to an early pit stop on the fifth lap, but with the inclusion of VSC on the 19th lap he went to the pits for the second time – this was a key mistake, after which the tires, except ” software”, Vettel did not have left, and at the end of the race he was simply unarmed.
Kevin Magnussen – 5
The Dane qualified well, but already on the first lap he hooked Hamilton with a wing – Magnussen’s attack was too optimistic, and it is not clear exactly how he tried to drive a Mercedes in that bundle. The direction of the race forced Kevin to change the wing, and the result of the race for him was as sad as in Barcelona, where he almost flew into Lewis in the same way.
Magnussen loses the race for the second time this season due to overly aggressive actions at the start
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Pierre Gasly – 4
A disastrous stage for the French. In qualifying, Gasly failed a clean lap at the end of Q1, and he ended up only 15th on the grid, and by the end of the second lap he fell back to 18th position. Not once during the course of the race did Pierre finish in the top 10 and finish with no hope of scoring.
Sergio Perez – 4
The most experienced Mexican finished qualifying in the wall and as a result started only 13th, and already on the eighth lap he retired due to technical problems. A disastrous weekend that Perez will try to forget as quickly as possible.
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Nicholas Latifi – 3
Once again, a disastrously bad weekend for Latifi, now on the home track. In the rain on Saturday, Nicholas hardly kept on the track – and often did not stay on it, and in the final protocols he lost 1.6 seconds to his partner. Things didn’t go much better in the race. Only after the restart, the Canadian got ahead of Magnussen and left the last place.
Yuki Tsunoda – 2
Last year’s Tsunoda is back. In the 2022 season, the Japanese seemed to have matured and raced more calmly, but a second loss of concentration led to a childish error and reminded the paddock of what Yuki was like last year. For Ferrari, the benefit of the Japanese this weekend was greater than for both Red Bull teams: a safety car that left behind Tsunoda allowed Sainz to cling to Verstappen at the end of the race.
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