Round 07 Canada

  • After an encouraging qualifying performance, Brendon’s hopes of scoring points from 12th on the grid were frustratingly over before the end of the first lap as he was caught in a collision with Lance Stroll at Turn 5 that took both Brendon and the Williams out of the race.

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CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE, Canada, June 10, 2018

After an encouraging qualifying performance, Brendon’s hopes of scoring points from 12th on the grid were frustratingly over before the end of the first lap as he was caught in a collision with Lance Stroll at Turn 5 that took both Brendon and the Williams out of the race. With Pierre having to switch to a previous specification of power unit for qualifying and originally scheduled to start from 16th, the team took the opportunity to introduce a number of new components. Installing a fresh ICE, turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K demoted him to the back of the grid, but in reality it was only a drop of three positions and expands the pool of components for future races.

After making a good start, Pierre ran in the top ten for a spell during a long first stint, and then climbed back into 11th place after making his pit stop. While he was unable to get on terms with Charles Leclerc ahead of him in the fight for the final point, Pierre was able to hold off Romain Grosjean as the Haas attacked on fresher tyres for a number of laps.

Comments

TOYOHARU TANABE | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HONDA F1
“A weekend of positives and negatives: on the positive side, the PU updates we brought here delivered a noticeable increase in performance, which is a good sign for the next stage of the season.

On the negative side, we had a reliability issue on Pierre’s PU on Saturday and Brendon’s race was very short. However, Pierre had a strong race from the back of the grid and now we will focus on ensuring both drivers can perform well, starting with Pierre’s home race in two weeks’ time in France.”

PIERRE GASLY
“Overall, I think it was a really good race for me. We managed to make up many positions after starting from the back row, but it’s always tough when you finish so close to the points! I was pretty close to Charles a couple of times, then I damaged my front tyres so in the end it became difficult to pass.

The new power unit seems to work well… we overtook multiple cars on the straight, so it looks promising for the upcoming races. Honda worked very hard to bring the upgrade to Canada and they did a fantastic job! Now we need to put everything together and find some consistency, because the next race is my home Grand Prix in Le Castellet - I’m really excited to go racing there!”

BRENDON HARTLEY
“I’m really disappointed for Toro Rosso and Honda, because we’ve been quite strong all weekend with a good update from the power unit. I think we definitely had the pace to challenge for points today. I had a good start, similar to the drivers around me, but I got left a bit on the outside of Turn 2 which lost me a position.

I got a good run on Lance out of Turn 4 on the outside, but he lost the car which put us both into the wall. It’s very disappointing as there was room to make the overtake, and I was looking forward to a strong race. It’s a frustrating way to end the Canadian Grand Prix as I’ve been really happy with my performance all weekend. I was delayed getting back to the circuit because I was flown to the hospital for precautionary checks. However, I’m definitely fit, healthy, and ready for the next race.”

Results

Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 07: Canada

Race

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
8 Carlos Sainz Renault
9 Esteban Ocon Force India
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber
11 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
12 Romain Grosjean Haas
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas
14 Sergio Perez Force India
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
NC Fernando Alonso McLaren
NC Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
NC Lance Stroll Williams

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