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GP Week : Issue 157
33 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Mexico’s Sergio Perez did the honours again in the Sauber camp to earn his and his team’s second podium finish of the year after a stellar drive from a lowly 13th on the grid. Checo’s now customary tyre-saving driving worked perfectly with his one-stop strategy, and after fortunately leapfrogging Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen during their stops, he was able to pull clear, steal a place from Rosberg and then overtake Alonso to climb to third. Kobayashi, also on a one-stop, reversed Perez’s tyre strategy by starting on the supersoft, but lost out with his earlier pitstop and finished eighth. Caterham’s upward trajectory continued strongly in Canada as they enjoyed another strong outing with Kovalainen and Petrov. Both outqualified Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne on Saturday, and although they were unable to keep pace with the midfield bunch during the race, they took the flag just ten seconds adrift of Williams’ Bruno Senna. Kovalainen got ahead of Senna early on but then struggled with his tyres and dropped back. A close battle ensued with team-mate Petrov, but the Finn emerged on top for the second time this year. Toro Rosso’s wait for points continued for a fifth race in Canada after never looking likely to challenge for the top ten positions at any point during the weekend. Jean-Eric Vergne had a torrid Saturday, qualifying behind both Caterhams, but recovered his pride on Sunday by beating them in the race, along with a McLaren and a Williams despite a drive through penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Ricciardo spent the race fighting with the Force Indias and the other Williams, but ultimately lacked the pace to stick with them after his second pitstop. Neither HRT made it past 25 laps after struggling badly with brake temperatures in Canada, the toughest track on the calendar for brakes. The result was especially disappointing for the Spanish side as they were able to take the challenge to Marussia for the first time this year. De la Rosa qualified ahead of them both on Saturday and was easily staying ahead of them during the race until his brakes gave up the ghost. Karthikeyan was challenging the Russian cars strongly too before retiring, two laps before his Spanish team-mate. Williams had expected to show better pace during the race based on their long runs during Friday practice, as Maldonado and Senna failed to make the points in 13th and 17th places. Maldonado did an admirable job fighting back from 22nd after a qualifying crash and gearbox penalty, falling just short of Hulkenberg in the battle for 12th. Like Maldonado, Senna also opted for a one-stop strategy, but was never in contention for points. He took the flag just 1.4 seconds behind McLaren’s Jenson Button. Getting one car to the finish was all Marussia had to shout about in Canada on Sunday night, after enduring a somewhat disappointing weekend on-track. After being outqualified by HRT on Saturday, neither Glock nor Pic could get the better of de la Rosa before his retirement. Glock then began suffering from engine problems and bad tyre degradation, dropping him behind team-mate Pic. He then had to retire with brake problems, thereby recording his first DNF of the year. Pic went on to take the chequered flag in 20th place, three laps behind race-winner Hamilton. Sauber Caterham Toro Rosso HRT Williams Marussia TEAM-BY-TEAM: CANADIAN GRAND PRIX F1 >>> CANADA