#F1 Victims of Circumstance: Montreal 2015 – #CanadianGP

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Victims

[For those who are new to the page; TJ13 attempts to remove certain aspects of the race to give a fairer reflection of the race result.]

As one of the TJ13 crew commented, ‘Canada without a safety car is typically boring.’

Of course, the 85% chance of a safety car makes this less than a 1 in 6 chance of occurring, so we should not be too disappointed in what we witnessed just over a week ago.  The current regulations restrict overtaking by penalising the following driver; something that requires urgent attention for the good of the sport.

As for little action there was on track, many will point towards Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel for providing the passing moves and excitement. However, the interesting moment of the race was Romain Grosjean’s lackadaisical pass on Will Stevens which ruined the Manor driver’s race.

Had this incident occurred with one of the drivers further forward on the grid then there would have been outcry towards the Frenchman.  The popular line in the media is to declare support for the team trying to compete in a touch economic climate, but this stinks of hypocrisy. Furthermore, how can a driver in one of these cars compete and further their career if they are not afforded the respect of the rest of the field?

2016 could be a tough year for Manor if Haas F1 Team hit the ground running, which is very real possibility with their large budget and “technical partnership” with Ferrari; making it tougher hardly seems just.

So what really happened?

Kimi Raikkonen: As for those who are unsure as to why Kimi has not been adjusted, TJ13 has covered it in this article previously. Ultimately, Kimi’s days in Formula One will be numbered if he continues to make errors like in Canada.

Fernando Alonso: The man from Oviedo retired on lap 44 as ‘amateurs’ were not allowed to continue beyond that!  In all seriousness though, the defence of position against Sebastian Vettel spoke volumes of how Alonso feels…and there’s plenty more frustration to come in Spielberg.

Jenson Button: The Briton held on just long enough to circulate longer than his teammate before he suffered ‘engine related’ issues.  The McLaren boys were coy about their chances in Austria given the straights, so it may be until Silverstone before they can bounce back.

Roberto Merhi: Driveshaft issues forced the Spaniard out of the race after he had performed well in qualifying.  He had look set to finish ahead of his teammate and so is reinstated to a net 19th place.

Will Stevens: My thoughts on his incident are covered above, but the Victims report actually sees him finish 3 places worse off. Merhi had looked like he would finish above him until car troubles saw the Spaniard retire.

The Verdict
This leaves the revised results table looking like this:

Revised Race Position Driver Result comparison Points Points Difference Grid Position
Start RevisedPosition
1 Lewis Hamilton = 25 = 1 1
2 Nico Rosberg = 18 = 2 2
3 Valtteri Bottas = 15 = 4 3
4 Kimi Raikkonen = 12 = 3 4
5 Sebastian Vettel = 10 = 16 5
6 Felipe Massa = 8 = 9 6
7 Pastor Maldonado = 6 = 7 7
8 Nico Hulkenberg = 4 = 6 8
9 Daniil Kvyat = 2 = 8 9
10 Romain Grosjean = 1 = 5 10
11 Sergio Perez = 0 = 10 11
12 Carlos Sainz Jr = 0 = 13 12
13 Daniel Ricciardo = 0 = 11 13
14 Marcus Ericsson = 0 = 12 14
15 Max Verstappen = 0 = 15 15
16 Felipe Nasr = 0 = 17 16
17 Fernando Alonso RETIRED 0 = 14 17
18 Jenson Button RETIRED 0 = 18 18
19 Roberto Merhi RETIRED 0 = 20 19
20 Will Stevens -3 0 = 19 20

 

Below, the revised World Drivers’ Championship:

 

Driver Revised WDC WDC Points Difference
Position Points
Lewis Hamilton 1 154 +3
Nico Rosberg 2 137 +3
Sebastian Vettel 3 105 -3
Kimi Raikkonen 4 79 +7
Valtteri Bottas 6 57 =
Felipe Massa 5 52 +5
Daniel Ricciardo 7 30 -5
Romain Grosjean 8 23 +6
Daniil Kvyat 9 17 -2
Pastor Maldonado 10 12 +6
Max Verstappen 11 11 +5
Felipe Nasr 12 8 -8
Sergio Perez 13 8 -3
Carlos Sainz Jr 14 7 -2
Nico Hulkenberg 15 5 -5
Jenson Button 16 2 -2
Marcus Ericsson 17 0 -5
Fernando Alonso 18 0 =
Roberto Merhi 19 0 =
Will Stevens 20 0 =

*Those with 0 points will not be ordered

What they would have said

Had a safety car changed the complexion of the race then we would have been here talking about how exciting the race was.  For a moment I even considered having sprinklers was a good idea, but then I came to my senses.

Let’s hope it’s a better showing in Spielberg.

Quote of the Day

1978 World Champion Mario Andretti famously said, “’If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”

Mario Andretti

However, this is not the case for F1 anymore. Once again, fuel saving was top of the agenda, surely something must change here.

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