The weather conditions for the Canadian Grand Prix were anything less than ideal for the race, which took place on Sunday, 12 June 2011. The rain and eventual downpour led to the race being suspended for two hours, as well as a few nerve wrecking collisions, slides and loss of control for a number of drivers. And even though Vettel took pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix and led all the way, it was the last lap of the race that took an unexpected turn, as Jenson Button pulled of a dramatic pass and won the event, with Vettel taking second position.
This is Jenson Button’s first victory this season, and brings his career victories to ten. Vettel has now lost two of the seven events for the Grand Prix season, and Button is now positioned second in the champions’ log. Mark Webber, Vettel’s teammate, was able to secure third position, with Michael Schumacher in fourth, followed by Vitaly Petrov, Felippe Massa and Kamui Koyayashi. Fernando Alsonso’s race was cut short through a tussle with Button which left him on the curb. Lewis Hamilton again provided spectators with heart stopping moments as he first had a minor collision with Mark Webber, which was followed by a near miss with Schumacher, but unfortunately led to teammate Jenson Button not seeing Hamilton in his mirrors, and the two collided, sending Hamilton into the pit wall and leaving him with extensive damage to his rear wheel, ending his race. The race was also filled with numerous pit stops and after Koboayashi was run into by Heidfeld, the safety car once again made its appearance. But once the race was on again, Button began chasing down Vettel, and in a memorable moment was able to pass Vettel, holding on to first position to win the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Vettel commented that he did go wide, giving Button the space he needed to pass, and admitted that he had lost the race due to a mistake that he made, and that he was not completely happy with his own performance. Button on the other hand is extremely proud of his victory, and commented that he had enjoyed every part of the race. The chase, and working through the field was challenging, but he enjoyed every minute, and winning the Canadian Grand Prix was the crowning moment for the 2009 champion.
The exhilarating motor sport of Formula One Racing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands all over the world. This high-ranking form of motor racing is considered by many to be the most difficult and dangerous. It is also a premier form of motor sport – one in which the drivers have to work their way up through the various ranks of racing in order to be deemed worthy to compete as a Formula One driver. Almost every facet of the sport is expensive, and many drivers consider it a privilege to be chosen by certain top-rated F1 teams. However the term ‘money makes money’ is certainly true of the sport and companies and teams know that winning is pivotal to success and longevity. Thus, Formula One races are organised into a number of Grand Prixs which are held across the globe each year. Teams may choose to compete at only local Grand Prix events, but the chances of success and prestige are increased when they tackle as many Grand Prixs as possible. In addition, top drivers prefer to race for teams which will give them the chance to race as much as possible – especially since it will mean that they can compete for the much coveted “World Championship” prize. Winning such a prize is not only beneficial for the driver – but also for the team responsible for producing and supporting the car carrying the driver accross the finish line. This further increases the team’s prestige, sponsorship and support and ensures their longevity.
If you are Formula One fan, you will already be aware of the fact that there are dozens of Grand Prixs held each year in virtually every corner of the globe. Teams may travel to different continents as they race at the various Grand Prixs held in different countries. European events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, the Belgian Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, the Hungarian Grand Prix, the German Grand Prix, the French Grand Prix, the Spanish Grand Prix, the San Marino Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix enjoy broad coverage. Further afield, the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Chinese and Japanese Grand Prix, the Australian Grand Prix and the South African Grand Prix also enjoy good support. In the Americas, the Canadian Grand Prix and the US Grand Prix take top priority. Why not find out more about each of these great races by looking at the brief description we have listed on our site?
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- Formula One Australian Grand Prix
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- Formula One Italian Grand Prix
- Formula One Japanese Grand Prix
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- Formula One Monaco Grand Prix
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- Formula One South African Grand Prix
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- Formula One Turkish Grand Prix
- Formula One US Grand Prix
The very first Canadian Grand Prix, was held in Canada in the year 1967. The Formula One race took place at the Mosport Park circuit that is located in Bowmanville (Ontario). The Canadian Grand Prix used to be alternated, with Mont Tremblant (Quebec) being the alternative circuit. Unfortunately, due to concerns with regard to safety, the Grand Prix moved to Mosport permanently, in 1971. Currently, the Grand Prix takes place at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Ile Notre-Dame (Montreal), which became the home of the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978. This exciting race attracts thousands of spectators, with many more catching the action on their television screens. In 2005, it was reported that Fomula One racing is the third most watched sport in the world. The race is a length of 70 laps, and a total of 305.27 kilometers.
The very first Canadian Grand Prix winner, at the new location in Montreal, was Gilles Villeneuve. He was native to Quebec, but died tragically on a qualifying lap, during the Belgian Grand Prix, in 1982. Villeneuve was honored a few weeks later, with the Montreal race course being named the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. With the start of the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix already clouded by the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, it proved to be the scene of another very tragic event. Didier Pironi, the teammate of Gilles Villeneuve, had stalled his car on the grid. The stationary Pironi, was clipped by Raul Boesel and his car was then hit from behind by Riccardo Paletti. Paletti’s car had briefly caught alight, and Pironi and Sid Watkins, the F1 doctor, frantically struggled to free Paletti from his car. It took a half hour to get Paletti out of the wreck, who was then flown to a hospital. Unfortunately, Paletti did not survive, due to the severity of his injuries.
Another significant accident took place at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1997, stopping the race a few laps in. Olivier Panis broke his legs during this incident that caused him to sit on the sidelines for nine race meetings. Many have said that this was the turning point in Olivier Panis’s career, and a heartbreaking time for the winner of the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was once again in the limelight in 1996, when former world champions Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill all crashed into a wall that read: ‘Bienvenue au Quebec’ or in English it reads ‘Welcome to Quebec’. The wall was to become known as the ‘Wall of Champions’. Ricardo Zonta, the then reigning champ, also collided with the wall.
The Canadian Grand Prix did not make it onto the F1 schedule for 2004. A maximum of seventeen races was implemented, new venues came to the forefront, and the new tobacco legislation saw the cancellation of sponsors. For a while it appeared that the Formula One would not be returning to Canada in the forseeable future. However, on November 27, 2009 it was announced that a five-year contract had been signed between all the relevant authorities, ensuring that the race would take place in Canada from 2010-2014 – much to the delight of local Formula One racing fans.
After a surprise accident that put both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen out of the race, Robert Kubica managed to make his way over the finish line in first place. Though he is a good driver that has placed second on more than one occasion, Kubica would likely not have been able to claim the victory were it not for the untimely mishap. The win is not only Kubica’s first Grand Prix win, but it is the first Grand Prix win by a polish driver and the first win for his BMW-Sauber team.
It all happened when Hamilton accidentally smashed his McLaren into the back of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Raikkonen and Kubica had stopped side by side at the pit lane exit, waiting for the red light to change color before moving on. It is not exactly clear why this happened and fans are enraged about it. While mistakes do happen, they usually occur when the driver is piloting his vehicle around the racetrack at 300 km/h – not when he is cruising out the pit lane. The accident was so severe that both Hamilton and Raikkonen had to climb out of their wrecks and discontinue the race. Hamilton further seems to have been punished for his actions by being docked 10 positions on the starting grid at the next race in France. This means it will be virtually impossible for him to win.
Yet Kubica certainly doesn’t mind. In fact he thanked Lewis Hamilton for crashing into Kimi Raikkonen instead of his own vehicle. After the unfortunate incident, which he narrowly missed being a part of, he was able to drive on, regain his nerve and take the checkered flag. After the race he was seen flashing an ecstatic grin as he popped a bottle of champagne on the winner’s podium. However, not everyone is as happy as Kubica. Prior to the accident Hamilton was set to repeat his Montreal win, which would have allowed him to pull away at the top of the championship standings. He also ruined Raikkonen’s race, bumping him down to fourth place with 35 points when he was leading just two races ago. Hamilton publicly apologized to for ruining Kimi’s race but seemed reluctant to name the exact cause of the collision. Fans will now have to look forward to the next Grand Prix on June 22 to see how this sudden turn of events effects the final outcome of this year’s Grand Prix.