Canada’s Grand Prix had always promised to bring excitement and adrenaline-pumping joy to race fans across the world and they were not disappointed after last weekend’s contest.
It was an ‘anyone can win this’ sort of encounter where even Force India’s Sergio Perez had looked likely for a podium finish with just a couple of laps to go.
Applying a one-stop strategy, he had flown into a challenging position yet when he was the innocent victim of a high-speed crash on the final lap, it meant his chances of any points were thrown out the window.
Felipe Massa had attempted to overtake the Mexican, who was struggling with a lack of braking power, yet inadvertently made contact sending both drivers into the wall in a horrific crash.
This allowed both Red Bull drivers to pick up podium finishes, with Daniel Ricciardo (first) and Sebastian Vettel (third) joining Nico Rosberg (second) in celebrations.
The ever reliant Nico Hulkenberg came home in his seemingly favoured fifth spot, to take his own tally of points this season to a massive 57.
Speaking after the race, Hulkenberg said: “It has been a very busy race for me today, so to come away with ten points and a fifth place is a good result.
“I gained some positions at the end due to the crash between Sergio and Massa but lost one to Jenson [Button] when I was in a battle with Alonso, but we were always going to finish in the points regardless.
“The safety car at the start didn’t help me as it allowed those on supersoft tyres to stretch their stints.
“Being on a different strategy from everyone else meant I always had someone pushing close behind me; it was fun, but also very challenging, especially towards the end of the race as I had quite a long stint on the supersoft tyres.”
Perez, who says he thought a podium finish was ‘possible’ was discharged from hospital the same day.
He said: “On the final lap I was defending my position going into turn one when I suddenly got hit from behind.
It was a big impact, but I am okay.
“I’m really sad for the team because we had an amazing race today and the one-stop strategy was working perfectly.”