The FIA Formula One World Championship moved away from Europe for a séjour in North America as the series made its way to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
The four Renault-powered cars ran reliably all weekend, with both Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso cars taking the chequered flag. Daniil Kvyat was the highest classified, finishing in ninth overall.
Carlos Sainz brought the Toro Rosso home in 12th ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in 13th, while Max Verstappen overcame a grid and pitlane penalty to finish 15th.*
*Subject to post race penalties
Key race points:
- Infiniti Red Bull Racing duo Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo started from eighth and ninth. Both had relatively quiet races, with one pit stop each. Kvyat was caught in a train with Massa and Perez for ninth, and then held off Romain Grosjean in the latter stages of the race to secure two points. Ricciardo ran in the top 12, but was passed by Sainz in the closing laps.
- Max Verstappen fought back to 15th overall, overcoming both a grid and pitlane penalty. Carlos Sainz had a number of battles, particularly in the early stages of the race with Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel. In the last third of the race, Sainz closed on Ricciardo and ultimately overtook on lap 55.
Rémi Taffin, Director of Operations:
This circuit is one of the toughest for Power Units, rating alongside Silverstone and Monza in terms of the pressures it puts on the internals. Even with the increased demands we have had a trouble-free weekend on all cars. We also strategically introduced a fifth unit for Max [Verstappen], which incorporated the latest reliability fixes. The unit behaved as expected and confirmed that the correlation between track and dyno is now working well. We have another couple of power sensitive tracks coming up, so now reliability is under control we can prioritize the performance upgrades, without sacrificing consistency or driveability, of course.
Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director:
The results are nothing to write home about, but there are a number of positives to take away from the weekend. For the third race in a row we have not experienced any reliability worries. Now we have this we can move our attention to performance, working with the teams to get the most from both the engine and chassis. As we have said before, we are playing the long game, so we need to keep our eyes on the future and not get distracted when the results do not come our way, as has been the case this weekend.