A dramatic Canadian Grand Prix which ran to just over four hours today saw Michael Schumacher finish in fourth place after a strong drive; he finished less than half a second from a podium place. Nico Rosberg finished just outside of the points in 11th position.
The race featured a total of seven Safety Car periods, including the race start and restart. Both drivers made a total of four stops during the race: two before the red flag stoppage, and two after the restart. The team pitted both drivers for intermediates during the first part of the race, just before heavy rain hit the circuit. This forced them to pit again for wet tyres, leaving Nico in P11 and Michael in P12 when the race was red flagged. Michael climbed from P12 at the restart to finish P4 and ran second for 11 laps before being passed by Button & Webber.
Nico was in a points-scoring position but damaged his front wing after contact with Kobayashi on lap 66, and lost the wing on lap 70.
Ross was happy after the race: “It was a thrilling race and Michael drove beautifully in the second part; he did a strong job on the intermediates and the option tyres, but was unable to hold off Jenson and Mark's faster cars, particularly when they had the use of DRS. Even so, it was a fantastic drive to climb eight places and finish fourth. Nico had a more difficult time: he got hit by Sutil, but climbed back from that and looked set for a solid points finish until he lost his damaged front wing on the final lap which left him in 11th place. Overall, it was an exciting and extremely challenging but ultimately positive race for our team.”
After the race, Norbert described the afternoon as more than just a race – a proper “action movie”. He said: “First of all, congratulations to Jenson and McLaren Mercedes for coming from last to first position and posting the 75th win with a Mercedes engine since our first victory in the modern era at Melbourne in 1997. Michael drove at his best today; he ran second for a long time and he was the fastest man in the field on intermediates. He ultimately finished fourth, just 0.3s from the podium, which is a very respectable result. The team worked very hard over the weekend and Michael extracted everything possible from the car; our sincere compliments to him for this drive. Nico was hit from behind on the restart after the red flag, and would have brought his slightly damaged car home in the points until, after contact, he lost his front wing on the last lap. Michael's result is a good reward for our team's hard work in the past weeks and we will build on it. His drive contributed a lot to a remarkable race, which gave fantastic entertainment to the spectators here in Montreal who waited so long for the restart, as much as for the television viewers worldwide. This was motor racing at its best.”