The controversy aside, the F1 Canadian GP had plenty of records broken and set in the course of the weekend with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton winning again.
The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve characteristics already looked good for Ferrari and it showed on Saturday in qualifying when Sebastian Vettel took pole from Hamilton and Charles Leclerc. The German led the way in the grand prix too.
Even though the first stint didn’t go well for Hamilton, it turned around in the second one after a slight change from Mercedes and gave the British driver a chance to pressure Vettel. The slight opening was all Hamilton needed as a mistake cost Vettel dearly.
He was penalised and even though he finished first on the road, Hamilton was the winner with the German in second and Leclerc third. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas rued qualifying error to be fourth ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.
The Renault duo did well with Daniel Ricciardo sixth and Nico Hulkenberg seventh from Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll fighting through to ninth and Toro Rosso’s Danill Kvyat rounding out the Top 10.
Here’s some key statistics and information from the Canadian GP weekend:
- Hamilton scored his 78th career win, 57th for Mercedes. It is his seventh win in Canadian GP as he joined Michael Schumacher to have the same number of victories in Canada – one more victory will move him to top of the ladder.
- Mercedes registered its 94th win, its fourth in Canada to join Brabham. Their streak of double podium finish in 2019 ended with Bottas in fourth. In fact, they had double podium finish since the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP.
- Ironically, the last time a penalty decided a race winner happened in 2008 Belgian GP when Hamilton won it on the road but a post-race penalty dropped him to third with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa scoring the victory. Vettel is the 12th driver to have lost despite winning the grand prix.
- With Vettel and Leclerc on podium, it is the first time for both Ferrari drivers in the Top 3 in 2019 season. It is their first since 2018 Brazilian GP.
- Hamilton scored his 141st F1 podium, Vettel his 115th and Leclerc his second.
- Hamilton has now nine consecutive podium finishes since 2018 Brazilian GP which is an ongoing record. His own best is 16 consecutive races on podium. The seven consecutive podium finishes since the first race in a season is also an ongoing record for Hamilton – his personal best is of nine.
- Vettel claimed his 56th career pole, 11th for Ferrari. It was his first pole in 17 races with the last coming in 2018 German GP.
- Bottas took his career’s 12th fastest lap, his third in 2019.
- Bottas has a new personal record of 19 consecutive points finishes with Hamilton doing it again. Both are yet to finish outside the points since 2018 British GP.
- Verstappen extended his Top 5 finish reign to 16 races now. The last time Verstappen did not make it into Q3, it was in 2018 US GP.
- The last time Kimi Raikkonen failed to make it into Q2 was in 2015 Austrian GP.
- Stroll gained eight places at his home Canadian GP, starting 17th, he finished ninth. All of his points finish in 2019 has been registered after having been knocked out in Q1.
- Renault scored its first double points finish of 2019. It is his first since the 2018 US GP, where it was the same sixth and seventh place finishes. Ricciardo registered his best qualifying result for Renault in fourth and also his race result in sixth.
- Mercedes, Alfa Romeo Racing and Williams continues to be the team have 100 percent double finish in 2019 with Mercedes being the only team with double points finish in all the races.
- Williams had another good result with George Russell finishing ahead of Kevin Magnussen. In fact, the Dane set the slowest fastest lap of any driver that finished the race which was slower than both Williams on his repaired chassis.
- Two retirements from the race, that of Lando Norris and Alexander Albon – it was the latter’s first DNF in F1.
- Vettel was given two penalty points joining the track unsafely in his five second penalty, while Carlos Sainz was given one penalty point for blocking in qualifying. Vettel now has seven points on his license which is same as Verstappen and Romain Grosjean, while Sainz has four.
.@WilliamsRacing does it once again! Almost beating the magic two seconds barrier. Fastest pit stop of the whole season for Robert #Kubica. #F1 #CanadianGP
➡️ All pit stop times: https://t.co/J27YVFsufC pic.twitter.com/OChOIJp2Mf
— DHL_Motorsports (@DHL_Motorsports) June 10, 2019
The stats were compiled by Jack Elleker and Darshan Chokhani