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GP Week : Issue 157
Now that is how you want a race finalé. Ten laps to go, and the man in P3 has pulled a strategic blinder and is chomping into the lead of the guys in front. First pass, second pass, chequered flag – and the seventh different winner from this season’s seven rounds so far. Lewis Hamilton described it as “one of my most enjoyable races.” Congratulations to Romain Grosjean, who scored the best result of his career to cruise past Alonso for P2 four laps from the end. And Sergio Perez – once again caressing his tyres over two stints, the softs for 41 laps, the super- softs for 29 – climbing his way from 15th on the grid to a podium position. Perez was united with a double measure of tequila after leaving the press conference scrum and I suspect tonight – Sunday – will be quite the fiesta. I write from a cab en route to the airport. Normally I would stay the night after the race, but I’m taking a charter flight with Sebastian Vettel to New York, where he will be driving the New Jersey grand prix circuit in an Infiniti road car on Monday, before appearing on the David Letterman show. Vettel and Letterman should get on like a house on fire. Both are passionate about racing and comedy, with Seb the reigning F1 World Champion and Dave the King of Late Night. But having let a pole-led podium slip from his grasp, I expect Seb will be in no mood for jokes. Speaking of New York, ‘Chico’ Perez is meant to be taking a different flight there tonight, but as I left the paddock his manager was on Expedia trying to get a commercial flight out in the morning so the Mexican mafia can let their hair down here in Montreal. Montreal was fun, as always. Wonderful city. More-or-less every other person could be a grid girl! All the better, then, that many Canadian students chose to protest their $250 tuition fee increase by disrobing in the centre of the city, which the police got in a bit of a tiz about. Tear gas canisters were thrown on Saturday night. Where have we heard that one before? If Bahrain can’t derail F1, the students never had a chance. One doesn’t wish them any ill-will – and shame on the cops if they over-reacted – but I did think it was extremely distasteful when they (ignorantly) used images of Alex Zanardi losing his legs in an Indy Car as their poster campaign, and then sent Jacques Villeneuve death threats. Jacques had basically told a reporter the kids should stop moaning and go back to their books. The man speaks a lot of sense. It was great to have him back in the paddock this weekend, sharing his unguarded opinions with Sky TV. No tear gas for Team Hamilton, just tears of joy. It’s Lewis’s third win at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. He loves it this side of the Atlantic, and I’m sure he’d like to live in North America as soon as he gets the chance. More importantly, Sunday’s result is a massive confidence booster for Lewis. He needed this. We wanted it too. A seventh winner, and yet another change in the championship lead. This season just gets better and better. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVENTH OPINION OPINION ADAM HAY-NICHOLLS F1 Editor 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: