LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 840 times:
Yeah, Michael Schumacher seems to be the favorite to win the race, again.
Williams, with their powerful BMW engines is likely to do very well in Montreal, but they will be struggling with their biggest problem so far this season - Reliablility. When the FW-23's are reliable, they usually finish on the podium (or in the points, at least).
McLaren should be worried about doing good in qualifying, because they still have a very fast car, and, of course, not stalling on the grid!
As for my favorite team, Jordan, I hope they will be able to qualify in the top 6, something they haven't been doing as often as I would like them to this season. Also, it seems that whenever a Jordan finishes a race, it finishes in the points, something that haven't happened in the last 2 races, so in my opinion, Jordan should be most worried about reliability, because they will probably be slower than Williams, Ferrari and McLaren in Montreal.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 819 times:
Heinz Harald Frentzen will not participate in the Canadian GP. His crash in Monaco and yesterday's crash in the practice session in Montreal combined to cause HHF injuries that he will need to undergo testing in France for, later today. Ricardo Zonta, Jordan's test driver, that drove for BAR for 2 seasons will be driving instead of him. It will be very interesting to see how Zonta performs, because there is a chance that he will be driving for Jordan full-time next season, if one of the current drivers should leave.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 816 times:
I have a feeling that either Hakkinen and Coulthard will fight for the title or they will both be out quickly (depending on whether they are going to use that $#$%@% electronic start system that has so far failed them every single time).
Schumi may try another sabotage mission using his pal Verstappen (or ons Josje for the Dutch people), like with Montoya earlier this year.
Verstappen seems to be in the running for a position with Ferrari for 2003 (or so the stars read) and wants to prove himself a reliable supporter of Schumi.
BMW will do well as always, if they can keep their cars on the road.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 808 times:
Here are the Canadian GP qualifying results:
1. Michael Schumacher - Ferrari
2. Ralf Schumacher - Williams
3. David Coulthard - McLaren
4. Jarno Trulli - Jordan
5. Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari
6. Olivier Panis - BAR
7. Kimi Raikkonen - Sauber
8. Mika Hakkinen - McLaren
9. Jacques Villeneuve - BAR
10. Juan Pablo Montoya - Williams
11. Nick Heidfeld - Sauber
12. Ricardo Zonta - Jordan
13. Jos Verstappen - Arrows
14. Pedro de la Rosa - Jaguar
15. Eddie Irvine - Jaguar
16. Jean Alesi - Prost
17. Enrique Bernoldi Arrows
18. Giancarlo Fisichella - Benetton
19. Luciano Burti - Prost
20. Jenson Button - Benetton
21. Fernando Alonso - Minardi
22. Tarso Marques - Minardi
The qualifying session was red-flagged twice, after Barichello, and later Heidfeld, crashed into the famous concrete wall at the exit of the last corner, both drivers hit the curb of the chickane from the outside, became airborne, they regained control of their cars as they contacted the surface , but it was too late and they couldn't avoid the wall.
Ricardo Zonta qualifyed 12th (to my disappointment), Jarno Trulli qualifyed 4th, although he lost his 3rd place at the last possible moment as David Coulthard beat his time on his final lap. Jarno Trulli's starts this seasons were pretty succesful, so I hope he would be able to gain a place or two on the start.
Montreal with its long straights and slow corners and chickanes has quite a few overtaking opportunities, so tomorrow's race will probably be an exciting one.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 803 times:
Ralf Schumacher won the Canadian Grand Prix. It is his second win of the season and his whole career. Michael Schumacher was leading most of the race, but when he had to pit, his younger brother managed to stay out and make several fast laps which enabled him to pit and stay in front of M Schumacher, that finished 2nd. David Coulthard wasn't very competitive today, but he was running in 3rd place when his engine blew up on the fastest part of the track and forced him to retire. Mika Hakkinen, who started in the 8th position, lost several places on the start, and got stuck behind slower cars that he wasn't able to overtake, but, as soon as some of them got out of his way, he managed to go up to the 3rd place, in which he finished. It is the first podium finish for Hakkinen this season. Jarno Trulli started in the 4th position, but lost his place to Rubens Barichello and gained it back later on in the race. Eventually, Trulli retired with only a few laps left to the race. Juan Pablo Montoya crashed in the exit of the first chickane early in the race, causing Barichello to hit the wall and retire. The safety car had to be called out as a result. Jean Alesi managed to finish in 5th spot, making two races in a row for Prost in the points. Kimi Raikkonen had an uneventful race which he finished in the 4th place, moving Sauber to the 4th place in the Constructors championship. Pedro De La Rosa finished 6th, it is the 2nd race in a row that Jaguar has scored points (Irvine finished 3rd in Monaco). Ricardo Zonta replaced the injured Heinz Harald Frentzen for this race. Zonta had a good start, he gained 2 places, overtaking Villeneuve and Hakkinen, he kept gaining places during the race, but he lost some time in the pits, and finished just outside the points, in 7th. BAR had a pretty bad race, with Jacques Villeneuve almost stalling on the grid, and later retiring, Olivier Panis lost a place in the start, but looked confident and would have finished in the points if he hadn't been forced to retire because of a mechanical problem. Benetton's race was even worse, after its two drivers, Giancarlo Fisichela, and Jenson Button colided on the first lap, forcing Fisichela out of the race, and Jenson Button getting a penalty for jumping the start of the race, he didn't finish the race, either.