2015 Canadian Grand Prix

Grand Prix du Canada

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Round:
7
Weather:
Warm, dry and cloudy
Laps:
70
Fastest Lap:
Raikkonen, 1m16.987
Country:
Canada
Circuit:
2015 season:
Report

It was a race of tension rather than drama, far removed from the traditional Montreal crash-bang sensation. The tension was beneath the surface as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, running in a race of their own, traded punch and counter punch but without ever going wheel-to-wheel. Both were managing fuel and brakes – this circuit being the heaviest on the calendar for both – Lewis initially more on fuel, Rosberg more on brakes. Running behind Hamilton, Rosberg could use the tow to save fuel, but the dirtier air meant less cooling for the marginal brakes. So the promised late gloves-off fight between them petered out and Hamilton’s victory was assured. The marginal fuel and brakes combined with a track temperature that allowed the harder tyre to degrade slowly enough to make a one-stop faster than a two – but which then required drivers to nurse the rubber a little to make the necessary stint length – cast the hybrid era F1 in its worst possible light, a perfect storm of an imperfect formula.

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