Grand Prix 2019 Canadian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

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Not my cup of cake
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Back in 1991 Nigel Mansell had been persuaded not retire after his time at Ferrari and re-joined Williams. What took him back to Williams was the first Adrian Newey design Williams F1 car, the FW14. The 1991 car did not have the infamous active suspension of the FW14B but it was still a very advanced racing car.

The car proved fast but unreliable in the early races. Patrese took a second place in Brazil and Mansell the same in Monaco, in the other races the Williams failed to finish.

Then came Canada.

Patrese put his car on Pole, 0.4 seconds quicker than Mansell. At the start of the race Mansell took the lead and there he stayed for 68 laps. Meanwhile Patrese was having trouble with his gearbox and was passed by Nelson Piquet in the Benetton and Stefano Modeno in the Tyrrell.

Mansell was cruising at the front. On lap 65 he set the fastest lap and was stroking the car home. On the final lap he was over a minute ahead of Piquet and looked set to take his first victory on his return to Williams. As he approached the hairpin for the final time the car slowed, it rounded the hairpin and as Nigel attempted to accelerate down the straight towards the chicane the car simply wouldn't go. The Englishman vented his frustration and beat the steering wheel as the machine dribbled to a halt in front of one of the main grandstands. He got out and left the car where it was.

How could Mansell lose the race so close to the finish? When the car got back to the pits the engine started, the gearbox worked fine and it probably could have done another race. Unfortunately Nigel had let the revs drop too low as he approached the hairpin which lost electrical and hydraulic power causing the gearbox barrel to get stuck.

Meanwhile his nemesis, Nelson Piquet, over half a lap behind, kept it all together and cruised past to take what would be his last victory in F1 in his last season in the sport.

What of 2019? Expect a Mercedes front row with Hamilton on pole. Lewis will take a lights to flag victory and, I suspect, a Grand Chelem. Enjoy.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Contributor
I remember that race as if it was yesterday and Murray Walker saying "..and he's waving to the crowd....he's....he's stopping" - good old Nige. Still got a point for 6th that day because he'd lapped all but the other 5.
 

Angel

Pole Sitter
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I never saw that race but I did hear about it. It reminds of that time Mika Hakkinen missed a gear and ended up spinning out in Monza I believe, then he went and thought he'd hidden in the undergrowth for a little cry. Sadly for him the cameras captured it all. I still recall feeling sorry for him.
 

Titch

Champion Elect
Premium Contributor
I used to like the Canadian GP, but it’s become quite boring these days. But who knows, maybe this will be a thriller.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Contributor
The front 5 could all crash. Then it would be pretty exciting because I don't know who would win.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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I think they'll be a shock and both Williams will qualify on the back row prior to penalties being applied.
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
yeah I heard of that race although I was far too young for that race, I bet Mansell never showboated again, reminds me of other fails the moto gp rider who celebrated with a lap to go or JR Hilderbrand who crashed out of the lead on the final corner on the final lap of the indy 500. I would like to be positive but as my youbet shows. as I rarely ever bet to win always each way. I feel there is no point in anyone turning up, Hamilton has got this sown up barring mechanical issues. won 2015 2016 2017, would've won 2014 but for engine / brake issues if he wins next week he equals Michael Schumacher with 7 wins

I never saw that race but I did hear about it. It reminds of that time Mika Hakkinen missed a gear and ended up spinning out in Monza I believe, then he went and thought he'd hidden in the undergrowth for a little cry. Sadly for him the cameras captured it all. I still recall feeling sorry for him.
true but its still 1 of the greatest pictures of F1 & sport, that shows the emotions sportsman go through & how they are human
 

Angel

Pole Sitter
Contributor
You are so right F1Brits_90, I was never a Hakkinen fan, I didn't dislike the guy either as it goes, but that day I did feel bad for him as I say.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Autosport won't let me read that article because it has stupid rules. Does it say anything about Racing Point and Williams getting the upgraded engine?
 
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