The Montreal Tales of Woe
Written by Asmi Mathew, Edited by Ishani Aziz
The Canadian Grand Prix was a race to remember but not for some. Lando Norris was desperate to make up a few places after qualifying P14 on a weekend which looked promising for McLaren. Following a botched double-stacked pitstop from the team, Norris was unable to improve much after dropping down several places, finishing the race in P15. The McLaren pitstop error also resulted in Daniel Ricciardo dropping from being in the top ten to ending up in 12th. Ricciardo ended up taking the chequered flag in p11, just a place away from points.
Both Haas drivers ended up leaving Canada with a disappointing race result after a strong qualifying session. With Kevin Magnussen having to pit after a first-lap incident that caused him to drop out of contention for points, and Mick Schumacher having a DNF (did not finish), this weekend is one for the team to forget.
A race which might have resulted in another podium for Sergio Perez, ended early when he was forced to retire for the second time this season due to a mechanical issue. Similarly, Fernando Alonso was unable to convert his best ever qualifying result in a decade into a podium due to untimely virtual safety cars, an engine issue on lap-20, and receiving a five-second time penalty for weaving on the straights.