In terms of spectacle, Montreal did not disappoint. From the first corner to the final lap, this was Formula One at its most exciting, tactical and unpredictable.
Red Bull Racing Team came here not expecting to walk it – the car and its power was always going to struggle on a circuit which favored the straight-line speed of the McLarens. Even though the team leaves for Valencia with solid points from fourth and fifth place, it was far from plain sailing. Gearboxes affected both drivers: Mark suffered a five-place grid penalty when his was replaced before the start and Sebastian had to nurse his RB6 home with similar problems from midway through the race.
Their decision to start on the harder tire appeared to pay off to begin with, but ultimately the McLarens were predictably more suited to Montreal and took another 1-2 with pole-sitter Hamilton taking the win.
A split strategy from the first stop had Mark staying out on the harder tires and Seb going out on the option. As Christian Horner said afterwards, these strategies and results were as good as could have been anticipated. “We shouldn’t be disappointed with fourth and fifth,” he said. “They are still valuable points in both Championships and they have been gained at a circuit where we always knew we would be exposed.”
Elsewhere we saw Michael Schumacher bashing into both Felipe Massa and Liuzzi (who also crashed into each other), flying Saubers, drive-through penalties and Buemi securing four points for Toro Rosso. If ever we needed evidence that 2010 was going to be a classic season of characters, crashes, tactics and tire strategies then Montreal was it: Fernando Alonso was third, Rosberg sixth, Kubica seventh, Buemi eighth with Liuzzi and Sutil completing the top 10.
The teams leave north America for another street circuit, another track which may not suit the RB6, but to another race in which both Red Bull drivers will be hungry for even more world championship points.