Honda's Formula One team left the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve mulling over a possible missed opportunity, after neither Rubens Barrichello or Jenson Button managed to take advantage of the attrition rate.

The Briton never had a chance to show what he might have been capable, having been stranded on the grid by a gearbox problem that ended his race immediately. To rub salt into Button's wounds, the new British 'golden boy', Lewis Hamilton went on take his first F1 win.

"I went to select first gear at the start, but there was nothing," he explained, "I kept switching from neutral to first on the grid to try to clear the problem, but it just wasn't happening. The same thing happened when we tried to start from the pit-lane. It is massively frustrating."

Barrichello, meanwhile, took advantage of the retirement rate and some good strategic work from the Honda team to move into third place, but the position proved to be something of a false dawn, with the race's four safety car periods combining to compromise the Brazilian's at the death.

"It was a crazy race today and we could have benefited from all the incidents and retirements to get into the points," Barrichello sighed, "However, the last safety car ruined our strategy, which could have brought us home in fifth position."

"It goes without saying that this has been a very disappointing race for us," engineering director Jacky Eeckelaert admitted, "We had planned Rubens' second pit-stop for quite late in the race in order to minimise the number of laps we completed on the option tyre, but the safety car came out again just before that stop, which bunched the field back up.

"Without that, Rubens would have dropped from third to fifth place, but the final safety car consigned him to twelfth."

 

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