F1 » Hamilton wins Canadian GP

F1 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton wins exciting Canadian GP and heads home another McLaren 1-2.

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Zz - Unregistered

June 14, 2010 10:36 PM

"Funniest radio comment of the day was Vettel asking if he needed to pass Button to win the race. Well duh!"

The problem with F1 is that genuine passing, (overtaking), is frequently NOT necessary to win the race. Obviously Vettel was asking if Button would be forced to make another stop so that he wouldn't have to overtake him to get past. If I want to see races decided on speed of pit stops and/or strategy I watch endurance racing. Montreal, exceptionally for a dry race, WAS good to watch, but this was only achieved by the ridiculous tyre rule which forces teams to use a compound which doesn't work and would never be used otherwise. This papering over the cracks, rather than fixing the underlying problem, leaves the sport open to ridicule. Someone also needs to tell Coulthard and co. that simply repeating the mantra "F1 is exciting!" doesn't change the usually boring reality.

Alan D - Unregistered

June 14, 2010 10:55 PM

Zz, yes I realised what Vettel was getting at, and like you I was disappointed to hear a driver thinking in terms of whether or not he needed to pass someone on the track. It also tells us that Vettel, sitting in fourth or fifth at the time, still thought his Red Bull was vastly superior to the Mclarens and Ferraris and didn't seem to appreciate how much progress they've made. I also agree with you that the tyre rule is a Mickey Mouse rule and just like Bernie's short cut plans, the push to pass buttons, and the idea of shuffling the grid etc, are all just avoiding the real problem that good drivers and cars cannot get past lesser drivers and slower cars at most tracks.

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