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GP Week : Issue 88
Team-By-Team: Canadian Gra An eventful race for McLaren saw them take their third double podium in a row, albeit after conceding defeat to Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull. Both drivers made mistakes on their qualifying laps and at the start Hamilton bolted off the line to challenge Vettel into the first corner. He stayed second though and his drive-thru penalty dropped him too far behind Vettel to challenge for the win later on. Button started seventh and jumped Webber at the start but then gained three further places during the pitstops. His five- second post-race penalty luckily didn't cost him his fifth podium of the season. Red Bull found the need to race their F-duct for the first time in Valencia after losing out to McLaren in Canada, and the device worked just as desired to deliver Sebastian Vettel his first victory since the Malaysian Grand Prix in April. Although he finished just five seconds ahead of Hamilton despite the Briton's drive-through penalty, he always looked in control, never put a foot wrong and cruised to his second 2010 victory. Team-mate Webber was lucky to escape unharmed from his massive shunt but was already on the back foot at that stage after a dreadful opening lap. Robert Kubica lamented a poor pitstop for costing him the chance of a podium finish, after collecting a disappointing fifth in Valencia. Front wing and blown diffuser upgrades worked well for the Enstone-based team, but Kubica qualified only sixth. He rose to fifth on the first lap and was first to pit behind the safety car. But he was only third to leave the pitlane after the stops and never recovered the lost places. Team-mate Petrov was disappointed to finish outside the points after a poor start dropped him five places to 15th. Although he gained places during his pitstop, it was not enough and he crossed the line 11th, before being demoted to 14th post-race. One point thanks to the plethora of post-race penaltie was scant consolation for Mercedes on a dreadful weekend for the German marque. The team's worst qualifying performance on Saturday was followed by an equally unconvincing display on Sunday, not helped by the early safety car. Although Rosberg crossed the line in 12th, he gained two places to 10th thanks to the penalties, after suffering from a lack of grip and overheating brakes during the race. Despite a great start, jumping from 15th to 11th, Schumacher was compromised by a poor safety car strategy call, eventually finishing 15th. Rubens Barrichello rekindled some of his sparkling 2009 form on Sunday, scoring Williams' first points in four races with a fantastic fourth place finish. The Brazilian gained two places on the opening lap and jumped more rivals during the safety car pitstops. He held off Renault's Robert Kubica to take fourth, his best result of the year. In truth, it should have been a double points finish for the British team, but for Nico Hulkenberg's untimely retirement. The German was running a solid tenth before an overheating exhaust forced him to retire. He was angry to be robbed of his second points finish of the year, before proceeding to pick a fight with a nearby tyre barrier. Furious would best describe Fernando Alonso's emotions after finishing a lowly eighth in his second home race of the year, after a podium finish looked more than likely in the opening laps. The emergence of the safety car meant he lost seven places during the pitstops and the situation was made ever-worse when Hamilton, who illegally overtook the safety car, stayed second despite a drive-thru penalty. Team-mate Massa lost out even more after having to wait in the pitlane as Alonso was serviced. Team principal Stefano Domenicali says the race leaves a "very bitter taste". 34