Sergio Perez’s Orienteering Challenge: ’22 Canadian GP – Goin’ up, goin’ down
Despite all the excitement, bad weather and topsey-turvey grid positions, the Canadian GP has always reflected on the same 2022 theme: Max Verstappen winning at a gallop.
The Dutchman never looked pissed off, but there was still plenty to enjoy in Montreal: Fernando Alonso’s brief splurges of grandeur, Sergio Perez trapped in his own F1 metaphor and paying drivers picking up the points while the highest earners languish in the field.
Here’s what happened at the 2022 Canadian GP.
Perez in the desert
Is this for Checo’s short-lived title challenge? Seemed a bit lost in qualifying, then crumbled in the race…
What in the DofE bronze price is it pic.twitter.com/F2JfUSPq2j
— Curtis Moldrich (@Khurtizz) June 18, 2022
No Sainz of life
With Charles Leclerc shackled by penalties and Perez off for some sort of orientation challenge in the woods of Montreal, this was truly an opportunity for Sainz to be Cavallino’s cavalry when needed.
The Scuderia should not have hoped, the Smooth Operator losing to Verstappen and a fellow Iberian who is expected to see his teenager in a dusty old square in Oviedo, playing chess.
In the race, Sainz had a slight tire advantage over the Dutchman, but he never really seemed to snatch the lead from Verstappen.
I don’t quite go to El Plan
That F1 grid’s Dorian Gray Fernando Alonso continued to defy time as he set a blistering pace in qualifying to move up to second – the first time in a decade that a driver over 40 had moved up to first rank, and ten years since the last Alonso in the first rank too.
Unfortunately it all fell apart on Sunday – Alonso said an engine problem forced him to make ‘kamikaze moves’ to keep up with the leaders, before being relegated to ninth place at the end for a penalty for weaving. Dios mio.
haas in pain
Fifth and sixth in Worst Team of 2021 qualifying. Haas shows you should never give up…or should they?
Kevin Magnussen unnecessarily abandoned Hamilton at the start (similar to Barcelona), sustained damage meant he eventually finished last as Mick Schumacher’s engine died while in the points. Guenther will not be happy.
Old fashioned approach
Clearly a wandering mind with no title fight to ponder, Hamilton sought new ways to entertain himself at the GPs, this time buying a Sega Genesis to play as a three-year-old. Ayrton Senna Super Monaco GP II.
Mario Kart anyone next? Gran Turismo 1? Annihilate?
Hamilton then put the practice to good use by qualifying fourth, before rolling back the years in the race to finish third. Is this the real start of his season?
You thought pilots were the bravest souls on the track? Think again…
⛔ First groundhog track invasion of the weekend! ⛔ pic.twitter.com/YOVQcHOgP3
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 17, 2022
Zhou Guanyu has received a bit of pre-season criticism for his fee-for-driver label, but the Chinese driver has been quietly solid so far, scoring an eighth here in Canada to go along with teammate Bottas’ seventh, with the pair enjoying each other the resurgence of Hinwil.
Walk in the Expo park
Stroll is also receiving criticism for racing with dad money, but for the third time in five seasons the Canadian raced from 17th on the grid to score points in his home run, making a stints so long that his Pirellis might as well have been carbon-dated.
Again, not bad for a paying driver.