Formula 1: Ferrari Calls Montreal Pit Stop Strategy A Mistake, Rosberg Contact With Hamilton ‘Infuriating, But Fair’
Ferrari admits Montreal pit stop strategy cost Sebastian Vettel possible win. Following the race, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene admitted that the team made the wrong decision to put Vettel on a two-stop strategy in Canada on Sunday.
“We overestimated the degradation of the tyres,” the Ferrari boss explained. In the end, Vettel came in second during the Canadian Grand Prix. He now ranks third in the Driver Standings with 78 points.
Nico Rosberg says contact with teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Montreal race was “infuriating, but fair.” The start was great for Rosberg, but a contact with his teammate ultimately spoiled his race. Rosberg explained, “It was very costly for me because I lost a lot of places and from then it was an uphill battle trying to fight back.”
He also admitted that towards the end, he had fuel issues to worry about, preventing him from challenging Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. “It was difficult with fuel – I nearly ran out. That’s why I couldn’t really attack Max properly. He did a very good job to defend, [but] I had to drop back again to save fuel and attack again.”
Kimi Raikkonen admits recent racing form is “not ideal.” Not being back in podium is something that the world champion Finn doesn’t really enjoy.
“This race and the last race wasn’t ideal,” he toldAutosport. Raikkonen now ranks 5th in the driver standings, three points away Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. About the coming race weekends, Raikkonen said, “Hopefully we will get things running more smoothly the next race and get back where we should be.”
Valtteri Bottas says Canada GP was “one of my best races.” For the moment, Bottas is one happy man after achieving Williams’ first podium finish for this season.
According to a report from The Checkered Flag, he said, “I think today shows that we are a strong team who can deliver good results. Our strategy was great and our pit stop was really good, yet again.” The Finn managed to secure a third place podium finish during the Canadian Grand Prix.
Mercedes vows to look into ongoing start problems. Hamilton may have won the Canadian Grand Prix despite a amazingly awful race start. Nonetheless, Mercedes-Benz head Toto Wolff is still determined to find out exactly what went wrong with the reigning world champion’s car.
Asked what had happened to the car, Wolff simply said, “Well, we have invented rules to make starts more unpredictable. And to be fair we had some great starts at some of the last races, but Canada wasn’t great. We have to analyse what happened.”