The Canadian GP is always a firm favourite for the drivers as it gives them the chance to push their cars to the limit in the search for speed. For the big guns in the constructor table, the race ended in spectacular fashion with Lewis Hamilton, who was on a 2-stop strategy, came from behind the Red Bull and Ferrari to close in for his first win of the season, making it seven different winners in as many races. The 2012 GP is really heating up and it is arguably the most exciting start to a GP season we’ve had in over two decades.
The Marussia F1 Team experienced a tough weekend. Charles Pic experienced better luck than in recent races by completing the race in 20 with a fastest lap of 1:20.632. Timo Glock suffered a DNF, 47/70 laps, as he had problems with them breaks. Timo and the team decided that it was safer to retire than to continue racing.
The Marussia F1 Team now head home to work on improving the performance and reliability of the MR01 in the hope to improve for the European Grand Prix.
Charles Pic #25
“First of all, I’m happy to finish the race – my first time here – and although it has been a tough weekend, I think from the perspective of the team, and me personally, it has been a good experience to learn where we need to improve. Our pace here has not been good compared to our closest two competitors, so we have to understand more about why that was. For my side, the start went well and we maintained position, then Timo and I had a good race. From there, it was all about looking after the car and getting to the finish. Next stop is Valencia, a track I’ve raced at before, so I will lose less time to acclimatisation and be able to spend more time preparing the car. I got pole there in GP2 and I have a good feeling for the track – another different type of street circuit – so I think it will suit me and the car much better. Some work in the simulator next week should also help us prepare well.”
Timo Glock #24
“Not a great race for me. In general the first stint was quite okay I think until I suddenly lost power for some reason; I think the engine temperature went quite high. After 14 laps I was suffering quite badly with rear tyre degradation and the combination of the two issues was quite difficult to manage. We had to come in quite early for the pitstop and then I came out in blue flags and was unable to use the new tyre effectively. I could at least recover the ground I lost to Charles and close the gap, but at the end I suffered so much with the brakes; they were getting longer and longer on pressure and it was too dangerous to continue, so I had to retire. This was my first DNF and in general Canada has not been that great for us this year, which is a shame because it’s a track I love. Now though I’m looking
forward to Valencia and to seeing what we can do to improve there.”