• Canadian Grand Prix

Post-race driver rundown

Laurence Edmondson June 13, 2010

Lewis Hamilton - 1st He pushed hard when he needed to and crucially took the lead back from Fernando Alonso after losing it at the second pit stop. However, he also proved he could look after his tyres and managed the race perfectly, even when it looked as though Red Bull might have the upper hand. A brilliant performance that was rewarded with 25 points and first place in the championship.

Jenson Button - 2nd He again proved that Formula One in 2010 is not all about being fast over one lap. A measured drive saw him gradually move up the field and then an opportunistic move on Alonso proved he was willing to push when it mattered.

Fernando Alonso - 3rd Considering where the car was two weeks ago in Turkey, it was a fantastic result. However, he may be a little bit disappointed that he didn't grab second. Karun Chandhok held him up on a crucial part of the track and that allowed Button to get through. Alonso may have had a few choice words for the HRT rookie after the race.

Sebastian Vettel - 4th A gearbox problem midway through the race prevented him from pushing his hardest, but his race strategy was also fundamentally flawed. He took the lead after eight laps because he was able to stay out on hard tyres, but as his tyres went off he wasn't able to build a big enough gap over Hamilton, Alonso and Button. Ultimately that cost him and will make Red Bull think twice before adopting a leftfield tyre strategy again.

Mark Webber - 5th At one stage it looked as though his strategy of staying on the hard tyre in the first two stints might work, but ultimately degradation on his second set of hards cost him dear. He probably went out a bit too hard on them, as his 11-second lead was eventually whittled down to nothing by the time he was ready to take on soft tyres for his final stint. Had he made his final pit stop any earlier he may have run the risk of a tyre failure and zero points.

Nico Rosberg - 6th He was a long way off the top five, but considering the problems Mercedes has had this weekend it was a very good result. He had a bad start but kept his head down and eventually beat Kubica, who had to make a third pit stop. Bearing in mind how badly Schumacher was suffering with rear tyre wear, Rosberg did a fantastic job.

Robert Kubica - 7th It was one of his more action-packed races of the season, but not necessarily his best. He had to pit three times due to tyre wear and that ultimately cost him a position. His tangle with Schumacher at turn three and four was not his fault and appeared to damage the underneath of the car quite badly, possibly leading to excess stress on the tyres. To add to his disappointment, he also had to face a reprimand from the stewards for a very risky manoeuvre on Adrian Sutil.

Sebastien Buemi was fighting for the lead at one point © Getty Images
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Sebastien Buemi - 8th A fantastic result that proved starting on the hard tyre could work, if managed properly. At one point he even led the race, but he will consider his three points to be the greatest achievement of the day, and of his season so far.

Tonio Liuzzi - 9th A fantastic qualifying performance was ruined by a first corner collision with Felipe Massa that saw Liuzzi drop to the back of the field with a broken front wing. Somehow he then managed to make two sets of tyres last the whole race distance and overtake a number of cars, including Schumacher, on his way to two points. Sure, he was a little lucky that Sutil had a puncture and Massa dropped back, but it was still fantastic drive.

Adrian Sutil - 10th Without a puncture he could have been in the top six, such was the pace of the Force India in Montreal. Nevertheless, he recovered well and would have been delighted with his last lap overtaking move on Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher - 11th Probably the worst weekend of his season so far. He never got his head around the rear tyre wear and suffered massively as a result. The only positive for him will be that he avoided a second penalty in three races for his slightly dubious blocking move on Massa.

Jaime Alguersuari - 12th He was involved in plenty of action with other cars but it didn't do him any good. After the race he was reprimanded for causing a hefty collision with Barrichello in the early stages of the grand prix.

Nico Hulkenberg - 13th He started well and got up to eighth position, but it all went wrong when he damaged his front wing chasing Sutil. When he pitted for a new one, he broke the speed limit and received a drive-through penalty, making a half-decent result impossible.

Rubens Barrichello - 14th He looked set for a reasonable result until a collision with Alguersuari blocked his brake ducts and his temperatures soared. On a track so dependent on brakes he was left as a sitting duck into the corners and never really recovered.

Felipe Massa - 15th It was a disastrous race by his own admission, after a collision with Liuzzi sent him down the order at the start and a second one with Schumacher ruled out a comeback drive. He made four pit stops, two for front wings and two to replace degrading tyres. He never stood a chance.

Heikki Kovalainen leads the fight at the rear of the field © Sutton Images
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Heikki Kovalainen - 16th A very solid result after a long and difficult race. At one point he was running in the top ten and was fighting for position with Hamilton, albeit just after the McLaren had made a pit stop.

Vitaly Petrov - 17th He had an accident even before he got to the first corner and had to pit on the first lap for a new nose. On exiting the pits he caught speeding and had to make a return trip a few laps later to take a drive-through penalty. From that point onwards all hope was lost.

Karun Chandhok - 18th After failing to turn a lap on Saturday due to hydraulic problems, a race finish was a good result. The fact that he was ahead of the Virgin of di Grassi could even classify it as a brilliant result.

Lucas di Grassi - 19th It all started quite well and at one point he was in the top ten. However, the hydraulic problems that have dogged Virgin all season re-emerged and he ended the race unable to make gear changes.

Timo Glock - DNF - Steering Alongside Trulli he held the dubious record of completing the most pit stops in the race, with five in just 50 laps. Unfortunately he didn't emerge from the last visit because of problems with his steering rack.

Jarno Trulli - DNF - Brakes He made a solid start but then worrying vibrations under braking forced him to retire.

Pedro de la Rosa - DNF - Engine His race got off to a bad start when he was the innocent victim of Petrov's accident and he was punted onto the grass with a broken wing. He recovered and looked set to make the most of other's mistakes until an engine problem forced him to retire.

Bruno Senna - DNF -Gearbox He lost second gear early in the race and it would have been foolhardy to try to continue without it. He parked the car in the garage and looked understandably upset.

Kamui Kobayashi - DNF - Accident Remarkably, he was the only driver to finish the race in the wall. He had made a brilliant start and was up to 10th from 18th but misjudged his braking into the final chicane, hit a kerb, and flew into the wall of champions. He kept the Sauber going and parked it on the pit exit so as not to cause a safety car.

Laurence Edmondson is an assistant editor on ESPNF1

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Laurence Edmondson is deputy editor of ESPNF1 Laurence Edmondson grew up on a Sunday afternoon diet of Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell and first stepped in the paddock as a Bridgestone competition finalist in 2005. He worked for ITV-F1 after graduating from university and has been ESPNF1's deputy editor since 2010