Since this is one of our more popular posts, originally published in January 2011, here’s a race recap:
In 2010 the Formula One circus returned to Montréal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve following a one-year absence. After dominating the previous three races of the 2010 F1 season, it was widely expected that the Canadian circuit would not play to Red Bull’s strengths, with intense media speculation that the controversial crash between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber while fighting for the lead of the Turkish Gand Prix would only worsen the team’s chances.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton secured pole position by 0.2s over Webber. However, Webber was demoted from 2nd place on the grid to 7th after Red Bull found iron filings in a sample of oil taken from the gearbox used in Webber’s car during qualifying. This finding, which suggested damage to the internals of the gearbox and necessitated a gearbox change under parc férme conditions, resulted in the five-place grid penalty. In the end, Hamilton won from teammate Jenson Button by some 2.3s in a race voted by fans as Formula One’s best of 2010 at the F1 Fanatic blog. Classifications.