Grand Prix 2012 Canadian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

tooncheese

Hans Heyer
Contributor
I don't think he left the pits with it open, we just saw a replay and then him in the pits. They closed it the first time.

As for the fail-safe, that only applies to the electrics, if the mechanism was jammed open, possibly with rubber, the fail-safe would not work.
 

tranquility2k9

Podium Finisher
I have to say my opinion on DRS has somewhat changed after this race. I think at circuits such as Canada they just simply shouldn't have a DRS zone. Because it was so easy to pass with the DRS it meant that I don't think I saw a single overtaking move at any other point on the track. So all drivers didn't risk a move anywhere else because they knew it would be so easy in the DRS zone.

Having easy overtakes due to the DRS is one thing but then having little to no overtaking at any other point on the track is a whole new equation that I think needs looking at very seriously.
 

tranquility2k9

Podium Finisher
Another thing, looking ahead, I am really excited about Silverstone this year as we have a realistic chance of a British winner again. In the past few years McLaren haven't really been strong in high speed corners and Red Bull have dominated Silverstone. This year, so long as McLaren keep up with development, they should theoretically be favourites as they were fastest at Barcelona (in qualifying at least). They have self-confessed that their car is best suited to mid-high speed corners requiring aerodynamic efficiency, so I expect them to be very strong in Valencia sector 3 and at Silverstone, Spa, Suzuka, etc!
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Grosjean went past Alonso before the DRS zone. Rosberg made some non-DRS overtakes, too. I'm not sure if I was impressed or disappointed that Vettel made no effort to defend against Hamilton. It would ultimately have been fruitless but I don't think Lewis or Alonso would have made it so easy - in fact, Alonso didn't.
 

ZakspeedYakspeed

NeverUnderestimateThePredictabilityOfStupidity
Premium Contributor
A hearty "well done chaps" to Lewis and McLaren... a solid race, and some "rubbing his hands together moments" when he realized his car was 2-4 seconds faster than everyone in front of him in the last dozen laps... how much fun that is for an F1 driver we will never know... but we can only guess...
 

Josh

Champion Elect
ExtremeNinja Alonso did let Vettel past into the hairpin though. Also I'm pretty sure Vettel pitted on the same lap that Hamilton overtook him so trying to defend against him could have created a dangerous situation at the end of that straight so he did the smart thing imo.
 

Olivier

Race Winner
Lewis Hamilton did an amazing job and took a deserved win. McLaren finally got it together and assisted properly. Button is the other side of the coin, is he really having a hard time with the tires? or is something else. Ferrari rolled the dice and lost a handful of points, probably they won't be gambling again in a long time, but is nice to see they learned from 2010.
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff member
I think the first stop was Hamilton's problem as the anti-stall kicked in - probably not enough revs.

The second problem was a rear wheel once again.
I thought McLaren had switched to the same design as Mercedes with the nut affixed to the wheel?
 

ZakspeedYakspeed

NeverUnderestimateThePredictabilityOfStupidity
Premium Contributor
ExtremeNinja - Alonso and Ferrari are looking ominous in my book right now... they appear to have their car comfortably up with RBR and McLaren... and obviously still have not figured it out properly... to me, Alonso is consistently the best driver in the field...
 

soccerman17

Race Winner
Chad Stewarthill Pastor Maldonado!:snigger: in all seriousness though Hamilton or Vettel will win Valencia they're the fastest in qualifying unless Mercedes use double DRS to get another pole and I think we all know Valencia is usually won on Saturday.
 

Floris

Rookie
To avoid spoilers, I haven't read this thread.
I just wanted to share that I finally have the time today to watch F1 Canadian GP race.
Boy it's a hot day, all the long shots are wavy/blurry.
Some great pit stops, it's amazing to see some of these tricks, hold ups, and pit stops.
Interesting to see as well how the extra soft vs new soft tires are holding up (or not! I am at lap 26).
Okay, break time is over, back to the recording. (from sky sports hd btw)
 

no-FIAt-please

Champion Elect
Premium Contributor
I will say I think the DRS to was too easy in Canada, however this was made to look worse by with the fact that much of the passing we saw was on cars that were on old tyres and had very poor track out of the hairpin. I'd like to see the DRS zone limited to the pit straight next year or perhaps into the third chicane.
 
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