Hello one and all to this, my first official daily post for Sidepodcast. It's a great honour to be given the chance of writing for what has become a well-established and respected organisation for F1 fans. Not only that, but as a Scottish writer, it means Stephen Roy can no longer hog all the limelight.
By the time this post goes out, the Canadian Grand Prix weekend will have been and gone. Normally, we would have watched the race unfold to it's conclusion in the middle of the afternoon GMT. However, because the Grand Prix was in North America, and because the race was wet, red-flagged for 2 hours and under the safety car four times, the chequered flag didn't come out until a little past 10pm GMT - that's over 5-and-a-half hours-worth of BBC F1 coverage - which doesn't give me too much time to mull over the events of the race.
Having said that, there were one or two things we would normally have known for certain before the event even started: that Sebastian Vettel will have won the race by a gap of about half-an-hour, Michael Schumacher will have been extremely disappointed with his performance after such a promising Qualifying, and Lewis Hamilton will have maintained in the post-race interviews that McLaren are closer than ever to beating Red Bull, even though he's been saying that since Australia. At least, that's what I would have said if it was a regular, dry race. Oh well...
In the meantime, now that the race weekend is done and dusted, I thought I'd like to share with you some memorable Canadian GP moments from years gone by. They are in no particular order and you'll notice that they are all links to YouTube clips, as I don't know how to embed stuff.
- We begin with an excellent example of how not to start a Grand Prix from 1980. Here, Alan Jones and Nelson Piquet get together and cause a bit of a pile-up. Oops. Note: This was the time when the start/finish line used to be where the back straight is now.
- A rare example of Michael Schumacher making a mistake in a Ferrari. In this case, it was 1999, where he got it wrong on the final chicane, ultimately hitting the wall.
- The 1995 race was a very memorable day for Jean Alesi. It was here where he won his first and only Grand Prix in a Ferrari. Not only that, but it was also his birthday. That's not a bad way of celebrating it.
- The 2008 race was one for Lewis Hamilton to forget. This was the time when he smashed into the back of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari at the pit lane exit during a safety car period. His explanation was that he was so busy pressing buttons on his steering wheel that he didn't notice the red light indicating to stop. This was compounded by the fact that Nico Rosberg did the same thing to him a moment later. Oh well...
- Here's some footage of the very first Canadian Grand Prix, which took place in a wet Mosport Park in 1967. It doesn't say who wins the race, and I couldn't be bothered to find out.
- The first two corners at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is usually fraught with danger at the start of a race, more so than in most other tracks. This was certainly true in 1998, for the start and the re-start.
- 1999 again. And a humorous moment from the post-qualifying press conference. Those were the days...
- Next, a horrible accident that never seems to lose it's horrible-ness. The good news was that Robert Kubica survived this accident in 2007 and made up for it by winning the race 1 year later.
- In this example from 1991, Aguri Suzuki's car turns into a mobile Towering Inferno, so much so that he grabs a fire extinguisher from a marshall and assists in putting the fire out. An idea copied by a Mr Kovalainen 19 years later in Singapore.
- And finally, there must be no better feeling for a racing driver to win a Grand Prix in their home country. Apart from winning the championship, obviously. Gilles Villeneuve got the pleasure of achieving this in 1978.
So let's hear it for Montreal and another incredible Grand Prix. And one final thought: wasn't it weird watching a Formula 1 race in the evening? And for those who watched the race in North America, wasn't it weird watching a Formula 1 race in the afternoon? And for those who watched the race in Asia and Australasia, wasn't it weird watching a Formula 1 race in the dead of morning?