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GP Week : Issue 157
broken right-rear and all. (Bruno Senna hit the same wall on Friday, causing considerably more damage. He recovered well to record a promising P7 lap in Q1 but, like many others, was caught out by the dreaded ‘evolving track.’) Kimi, meanwhile, was frustrated by some sort of diff problem – and by said Pastor – so much so that the Stewards were brought in to adjudicate an alleged ‘impeding’ incident in Q2. Pastor, I think perhaps a little annoyed, given the way it had all turned out, explained that, yes, he had backed off – but only because a Sauber in front had done likewise. End of discussion. (Martin Donnelly was the Driver Steward in Canada.) Thus the grid took its shape. Jenson struggled, as he often does when there’s decreasing grip. Neither Sauber driver maximised his car; nor did the Williams boys. Force India’s pair did, however. Paul di Resta was superb – and Hulk would have been there, too, but for a four-second yellow that obliged him to back off in Q2. Sergio Perez had put a wheel or two onto the dirt and had then rejoined ... right in the path of Nico. Call it a double-negative-whammy. Romain Grosjean looked reflexy and very fast in the Lotus F1 – and would parlay that into a strong P2 result on Sunday when Fernando’s worn primes finally fell away; Mark Webber felt slightly out of synch with the third chicane (“it’s the kerbs, mate; it’s just difficult to get a rhythm there” – and had some tyre blanket warm-up issues besides); and Nico Rosberg was very neat and tidy and always-there in the Mercedes. Michael, meanwhile, was unimpressed to be caught short of time in the closing minutes of qualifying – itself a function of MGP taking two different approaches to the “track problem”: Nico ran two quick laps, split by a tyre change; Michael attempted two successively fast laps on his final run and thus needed to find serious traffic space. That’s always an issue – particularly if you’re relying on the pit wall for info. As a result, Michael had another of those mid-field (half-)races of his – unlike his Comeback Counterpoint, Kimi. Resolving to make up for Monaco, Kimi on this occasion protected his primes in the early phase and was thus able to run right through to lap 40 (with Sergio Perez in tow) before switching to options. He at least had some sort of motor race. Perez, for his part, again out-shone his team- mate and drove brilliantly to reach the podium. For more of Windsor on F1 watch The Flying Lap live every week on http://smibs.tv Sergio Perez – drove brilliantly to reach the podium 23 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> CANADA