• Jun 8th 2008 at 8:01PM
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Collisions are a common occurrence on Montreal streets. If you don't run into another erratically-driving motorist running a red light, you're likely to experience a near-crash thanks to the crater-sized potholes blemishing the city's tarmac. Although motor racing events carry some of the charm and character of the venue in which they're held, we wouldn't have expected Montreal's treacherous street driving to translate onto the race track. But then the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a road course of sorts. So the hundred-thousand-plus racing fans who turned up at the track for the 30th running of the Canadian Grand Prix, the driving was a familiar site.

As we reported previously, the race officials didn't deem our readership worthy of in-depth, up-close coverage of the race, but we think otherwise and have a breakdown of the race results after the jump, so click on to read on. (If you've TiVo'd the race and don't want to spoil the results, go no further.) Click on the image or on the thumbnails below to view our images from Friday's practice session in our high-resolution image gallery.

Photos Copyright ©2008 Noah Joseph / Weblogs, Inc.

Those who tuned in to see Hamilton and Raikkonen duke it out for victory in Canada and the lead in the championship were disappointed. Well, duke it out they did, but while they were trading bodywork the championship slipped away to a third contender that the insiders tipped would play a major role in this year's title fight. And right they were, as Robert Kubica took his maiden victory at the same track he crashed so dramatically on last year. With his teammate Nick Heidfeld in tow, Kubica took his own as well as his team's first checkered flag, catapulting him into the lead in the 2008 drivers' championship.

Where were the McLarens and Ferraris in all of this while the BMW Saubers were sailing to the finish line? Hamilton started on pole and after gaining a strong lead, came in to the pit lane under the safety car and yellow flag. On exiting, he evidently missed the red light at the end of the pit lane and slammed right into the back of his rival Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari, taking the two out of the race. (Those were hardly the only early retirements, however, as Alonso, Fisichella, Nakajima, Piquet and Sutil were all taken out of the race prematurely.) Father back on the grid, Kimi's and Lewis' teammates battled it out for a few points, but ultimately failed to make much of a dent. After having to pit three times with repeated difficulties, Felipe Massa regained his form in the second half of the race and pulled off some brilliant passing maneuvers – including two cars at a time in one move – but couldn't get farther than fifth place. Massa was sandwiched by Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli in their Toyotas, the pair taking fourth and sixth respectively in a strong showing for the Japanese team. David Coulthard, the Scottish elder statesman of grand prix racing, held his own quite admirably to take the third step on the podium alongside the BMW Sauber boys, while further down the line Barrichello came in seventh after some embarrassing mistakes. Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel, McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen, Williams' Nico Rosberg, Honda's Jenson Button, Red Bull's Mark Webber and STR's Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the rest of the finishers.

This surprising rise of the underdogs shakes up the standings, leaving Kubica with a commanding lead at 42 points over Hamilton and Massa who emerge tied at 38. Kimi Raikkonen trails close behind with 35 points with seven rounds of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship in the books, and the teams now go on to prepare for the French Grand Prix on June 22. Check out the full stats from Montreal below.

2008 Canadian Grand Prix

1. Kubica BMW Sauber
2. Heidfeld BMW Sauber
3. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault
4. Glock Toyota
5. Massa Ferrari
6. Trulli Toyota
7. Barrichello Honda
8. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
10. Rosberg Williams-Toyota
11. Button Honda
12. Webber Red Bull-Renault
13. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:17.387

Not classified/retirements:
Fisichella Force India-Ferrari
Nakajima Williams-Toyota
Alonso Renault
Piquet Renault
Raikkonen Ferrari
Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Sutil Force India-Ferrari

World Championship standings
(after 7 rounds)


1. Kubica 42
2. Hamilton 38
3. Massa 38
4. Raikkonen 35
5. Heidfeld 28
6. Kovalainen 15
7. Webber 15
8. Trulli 12
9. Alonso 9
10. Rosberg 8
11. Nakajima 7
12. Coulthard 6
13. Vettel 5
14. Barrichello 5
15. Glock 5
16. Button 3
17. Bourdais 2

1. Ferrari 73
2. BMW Sauber 70
3. McLaren-Mercedes 53
4. Red Bull-Renault 21
5. Toyota 17
6. Williams-Toyota 15
7. Renault 9
8. Honda 8
9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      4 seconds off the record time of 1:13...bring back the V10's
        • 7 Years Ago
        v10's without traction control would be way more fun to watch as well
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its got less to do with the v10s than the reductions in downforce since 2004 (most of the lap records are from 2004). Higher lap times, less overtaking. I say bring on 60% less downforce and slicks next year, we might see more moments like massa's outstanding double overtaking move.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is the driver's responsibility to see that HUMONGOUS blinking red light. From the TV broadcast I really don't freakin' understand how the ##@#&!@$ could have missed it, especially when he sees TWO cars in front of him stopped at the exit.

      The rest of this post has been self-censored. What a ****.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I wasn't the only one. He did also get rear ended.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Close to 2500 excellent photos & videos of Canadian Grand Prix here:
      • 7 Years Ago
      Problem is, Hamilton might be a nice guy, but I am close to 100% certain that he does not make his own decisions in terms of what he does or what he says.

      I think his life is being micromanaged by Dennis, sponsors, and his father.

      And I bet you it were his PR people who told him what to say in his explanation of the incident.

      In business communication classes they say that even if it is your fault, you shouldn't accept responsibility or guilt. Point is to as close as possible to apologizing without actually apologizing! haha It's absurd, but just another PR/HR trick. And guess which group of people I loathe the most...you guessed it...Human Resources and Public Relations. Most of them are fake thrash.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Congratulations to BMW for their first win and a 1-2 finish. I said they would win one this year.

      Hamilton has to be aware of the situation during a SC period and know to check the light before he leaves pit lane. His team also has to warn him the instant the light turns red. Inexcusable.

      Something also has to be done about the track surface in Montreal. Year after year it is the same old thing in the same old places. If they can't find a permanent fix for it then they risk losing their race.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Highlight of the day for me was right after the crash, Hamilton pushes the camera man away in the garage. They were all ready to talk and he's just like, no. I cracked up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I read that Hamilton did hear that the red light was on but he said they told him too late. He's still young and doesn't like to admit he screwed up.As he matures, he'll hopefully start being more humble and admit to his failures. Maybe Fox could use the "Side-by-Side" that ABC uses during commercials for their IRL races.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They told him?

        There's a light right there in view. He should be checking it. It's not up to his radio man to tell him everything.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Extremely poor driving by Lewis, but his comments were just as appaling.

      "I am sorry if I hurt Kimi's race" or words to those effect.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know if you have seen Hamilton in some of his less .. "important" interviews but he is young and having fun racing and as such speaks way off the cuff about certain topics.

        I am VERY sure this is something PR told him to say and he didn't want to stray too far as the team (you know the guys that give him the opportunity to drive) was already mad at him for throwing a race he should have had in the bag.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Montreal's treacherous street driving"???
      Come on, guys, seems you've never driven in real world conditions!!!! Get out of your cocoon!
      While I live in Montreal now, I've been raised (also in terms of driving) in Buenos Aires. That is treacherous! Montreal drivers are simply boring starters!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I liked what Varsha said about the track owing Kubica something after last year's crash. I'm happy for him. Heidfeld too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHA @ Hamilton

      Like father, like son... neither one of them can avoid, an easily avoidable and stupid crash only days apart from each other.

      I wonder if Anthony reacted the same way as Lewis did after Kimi pointed out that THERE WAS a red light, and Lewis just waved him off...

      "Excuse me Anthony, there was a bush, fence and childeren's playground there."

      Hamilton screwed up, ruined someone else race(Kimi was travelling almost 300kmh when he crashed last race) and then Lewis gets all pissy about it... not a class act in my book.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's plenty of blame to go around for the crash. There are a number of buttons and switches you have to tinker with while going out of pit lane.

      Reset fuel
      Press clutch
      Press brake
      Press accellerator
      shift to 1st
      acknowledge the radio comm
      make sure there are no cars around you
      watch the lollipop
      make sure the fueler has really disengaged
      is the light red or green
      whatever else.....

      You have 10 seconds to do all that! Try it in your road car. All we do is hit the brakes gas (maybe a clutch) and use the turn signal and we still make asses of ourselves on the road. Sooo, how easy is it, really?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I dont think anyone implied its easy and TWO drivers made the mistake not just one. Two drivers and two teams. Both relative rookies as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Most of those things are done while stopping or while stopped. You're really saying he can't look at the light because of the mental effort of taking a drink 15 seconds ago?

        They are paid to be excellent, they should be so. No excuses saying they just made the same mistake you or I would, I have a 9-5 job doing something else, he is a race driver and can spend plenty of time practicing this.
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