Technical Gallery of the Canadian Grand Prix

True to its reputation, the Canadian Grand Prix was rich in adventure, especially on a technical level, where Red Bull excelled in an area that seemed like an asset to Ferrari. Explanations, exclusive supporting images.


On the banks of the Saint-Lawrence, the Ferrari race was not a long, quiet river. The F1-75 was certainly competitive (as evidenced by Carlos Sainz’s fastest lap and his small deficit on arrival). [0”993]), but it was Max Verstappen who won. The reasons for Red Bull’s sixth success (in so many races) are numerous, and their conjunction explains the 26e success of the Dutch in Formula 1.

The leader of the provisional classification made his life easier, first standing out during the classification in complicated conditions. Even with no news in Montreal (it had evolved a lot in Baku), the RB18 is fast, but Sergio Pérez put it on the wall on Saturday afternoon. Its leader, he, put her in pole position. A feat that Carlos Sainz was not able to. Beaten by the indestructible Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard probably does not have the maximum speed of Charles Leclerc.

Verstappen showed the same authority in the race, where he maintained composure, resisting the attacks of his former teammate for 16 laps. He made no mistake and drove intelligently (being careful when getting out of the corner before the first DRS detection point), controlling the event despite his numerous laps (three neutralizations in total).

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At the time, RB18 showed qualities he did not suspect. More than its maximum speed at the end of the straight (less decisive in a circuit where the straight sections are relatively short), it was its excellent traction at the exit of bends that made the difference on Sunday, especially in the bend 10 fork, where the Ferrari was clearly suffering:

“[La performance dans le] The first sector was really crucial, and traction in turn 10 absolutely vitalexplains Christian Horner. Thanks to this, Carlos never approached Max more than six tenths. That said, the Ferrari was great on the sidewalks. With three DRS detection zones, Carlos was still a threat. “

Although the F1-75 was thought to have better traction in slow corners (as in Monaco), this was not the case at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit. Leclerc complained several times on the radio about his car’s lack of grip on that fork. Could it be because the rain interrupted the preparation of the Scuderia, as in Emilia-Romagna, preventing it from finding the right configuration? In any case, the new rear flap (supposed to move the support from the main plane to the upper flap, in order to multiply by ten the effect of the DRS) did no miracles. Trapped in a DRS train, the Monegasque struggled to advance and overcome intrinsically slower opponents than himself.

Third, finally, Red Bull again took advantage of the mistakes of the Scuderia. Already devastating in Baku, the fragility of the Italian V6 forced Leclerc to use a fourth engine and suffer the associated penalty (a drop of ten places on the starting grid). It is still she who caused the abandonment of Mick Schumacher when he was on points. In addition, operational errors (during tire changes, even in terms of strategy) complicated the work of Maranello drivers. While far from flawless in terms of reliability (with Perez failing, he has four mechanical abandonments against three in the Rampant Horse), Red Bull handles the unexpected better.

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