Montreal 2011 will go down as a classic Formula One race. You would not have dared submit a (credible) script which included the hour-and-a-half break for torrential rain, the crashes, the collisions, the inter-team over-proximity, the broken front wings, the red flag, the return of an Old Master, enough laps from the Safety Car to warrant its own tyre changes and enough indiscretions for the stewards to pull a night-shift.
But, the final twist was a slight Seb slip which cost him the top step of the podium.
Our last podium in Montreal was DC’s last back in 2008 – so you’d have expected it to be undiluted jubilation in the garage. And, there was: for Mark’s commanding drive from a brush with Lewis on the first lap to finish on the podium was another display of that infamous Aussie grit and for Vettel's second place. But there was disappointment as Sebastian only failed to lead the race once: and that was at the chequered flag.
There are of course silver linings to the many clouds which hung over Île Notre-Dame today. The next best thing to a one-two is a two-three and the other was that Alonso and Hamilton’s DNFs were good for both our drivers’ championship fights.
It was a long afternoon for everyone: not least the boys in our garage. Not only did they have the pitstops to contend wit, those are a given, but an hour and a half in the kind of heavy rain which soaks right through to the bone made the day even more challenging. And that’s even with the umbrellas, the raincoats and the cups of tea.
So what had looked at one stage being a wash-out turned out to be a thrilling example of how our sport manages to encompass drama, danger and – for some – disappointment in one race. As Christian said: “Formula One provided tremendous entertainment this afternoon.”
Despite not winning today, Seb actually increases his lead over his nearest rival. He’s now 60 points ahead of Jenson, while he was 58 points ahead of Lewis this morning and the team are 69 points ahead of McLaren and 154 ahead of Ferrari.
There’s still plenty more this season’s script to be written.