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GP Week : Issue 120
F1 CANADA >> Team-By-Team:Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal Force India lost a place in the constructors’ championship to Toro Rosso after failing to finish inside the top ten for the fourth time in five races, with neither driver making it to the chequered flag. Rookie Paul di Resta showed his inexperience again by getting penalised for an avoidable collision with Nick Heidfeld, and then had to retire after clipping a wall while running 11th. Sutil retired with rear suspension failure after hitting a wall on slick tyres. He had switched a few laps too early, but had taken the risk because he was outside the points after a drive-through penalty. Toro Rosso picked up a place in the constructors’ championship after enjoying their first double points finish of the year, as Alguersuari and Buemi came home in 8th and 10th places on Sunday. Alguersuari switched to a full wet set-up after starting from the pitlane, helping him to his first points of the year. Team- mate Buemi thinks he switched to slicks too early but he was still able to climb into the points to tenth with Rosberg’s last-lap demise. Kamui Kobayashi kept his run of points finishes going in Canada on Sunday after taking his C30 home in seventh place, but was disappointed having run as high as second. In the wet he was able to mix it with the front runners and gained by not pitting for intermediates early on. But once the track dried out he didn’t have the same pace and lost another place to Massa at the finish line by just half a tenth. Pedro de la Rosa took 12th in his unexpected race for the team, but may well have scored points had he not damaged his front wing in contact with McLaren team-mate Button. Italy’s Vitantonio Liuzzi won the (former) new teams’ battle for the first time this year after a sterling drive on Saturday and Sunday. He qualified ahead of both Virgins but was sitting last with just over 15 laps to go. He staged a brilliant fightback though, and overtook his team-mate and both Virgins to take the flag in 13th. The result lifts HRT ahead of Virgin in the constructors’ standings. Although Karthikeyan took the flag in 14th, he was dropped to 17th post-race after jumping the chicane while overtaking Glock on the penultimate lap. The visit of boss Richard Branson failed to lift the performance of the ailing Virgin Racing outfit, as they slipped outside the 107% target in qualifying for the first time this year. The stewards granted the team and driver Jerome d’Ambrosio a reprieve however, and he joined his team-mate on the grid. During the race, Glock rose as high as 15th in the opening stages and looked set to win the battle of the minnows only to flat-spot his tyres. The massive vibrations meant he was unable to go flat-out on the straights and he lost places to both HRTs and team-mate d’Ambrosio. There was little to shout about at Lotus on Sunday evening after the team recorded one retirement and a last place finish with Kovalainen and Trulli. Kovalainen’s race came to an end with a driveshaft failure after the lengthy red flag period, forcing him into retirement from 21st place. It wasn’t that much brighter a day in the Trulli camp, even though he reached the finish, after suffering from brake issues throughout the race. He then had something moving around in his cockpit after stopping for dry tyres, but brought the car home in last. Karthikeyan’s post-race penalty promoted him a place however. 31