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A pair of Virtual Safety Car periods in the first third of the Canadian Grand Prix shaped the strategies teams used in a race where a one-stop strategy was possible but the majority of drivers made two.

The first VSC was triggered by Sergio Perez’s retirement and ironically the main beneficiary was his teammate, Max Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton also came in at this point from fourth place as did a few other drivers further down the order.

Having made their first pit stops just nine laps into the race, those drivers were now locked into two-stop strategies. When the second VSC occured in response to Mick Schumacher’s retirement, many of the others headed for the pits including new race leader Carlos Sainz Jnr.

As Sainz gradually closed on Verstappen as the race passed its halfway point, Red Bull accepted the time loss of making Verstappen’s second pitstop under green flag running. But six laps later Yuki Tsunoda crashed at turn two and the Safety Car was deployed.

Was this a moment of good or bad fortune for Sainz and Verstappen? It allowed Sainz to make a low-cost pit stop and resume the race on a fresh set of tyres right behind Verstappen. However had the race run its course without this last interruption it would have taken several laps for Verstappen to catch Sainz. Whether he would have then had any more success passing his rival than Sainz did at the end of the actual race is something we can only speculate on.

Alpine’s decision to pass up both opportunities to pit Fernando Alonso during the VSC periods is a puzzle. His race was ultimately compromised by an engine problem, but failing to pit on either of those occasions compromised their efforts to fight Mercedes.

Several teams also suffered slow pit stops today. McLaren ‘stacked’ their drivers under the second VSC, but Daniel Ricciardo’s stop took too long and delayed Lando Norris, who then lost more time when the crew brought out the wrong tyres. His stop therefore took even longer than Kevin Magnussen’s front wing change.

Charles Leclerc also lost vital time in the pits, which meant he failed to emerge in front of a group of cars, and got stuck in a ‘DRS train’. Nonetheless, by starting on hards and sticking to a single pit stop, he successfully climbed 14 places to finish fifth.

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2022 Canadian Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

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2022 Canadian Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. Very large gaps omitted. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

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2022 Canadian Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:

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2022 Canadian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

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2022 Canadian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Max Verstappen C4 (9) C3 (34) C3 (27) Carlos Sainz Jnr C4 (20) C3 (29) C3 (21) Lewis Hamilton C4 (9) C3 (35) C3 (26) George Russell C4 (19) C3 (26) C3 (25) Charles Leclerc C3 (41) C4 (29) Esteban Ocon C4 (19) C3 (30) C4 (21) Fernando Alonso C4 (28) C3 (21) C4 (21) Valtteri Bottas C3 (49) C4 (21) Zhou Guanyu C4 (19) C3 (30) C3 (21) Lance Stroll C3 (47) C4 (23) Daniel Ricciardo C4 (19) C3 (30) C3 (21) Sebastian Vettel C4 (5) C3 (14) C3 (51) Alexander Albon C4 (18) C3 (30) C3 (22) Pierre Gasly C4 (5) C3 (31) C3 (34) Lando Norris C3 (19) C3 (23) C4 (28) Nicholas Latifi C4 (9) C3 (28) C3 (33) Kevin Magnussen C4 (7) C3 (63) Yuki Tsunoda C4 (9) C3 (38) C3 (0) Mick Schumacher C4 (18) Sergio Perez C3 (7)

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2022 Canadian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap 1 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 23.248 9 2 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 23.406 0.158 5 3 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 23.450 0.202 47 4 Alexander Albon Williams 23.530 0.282 48 5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 23.557 0.309 5 6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 23.613 0.365 36 7 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 23.681 0.433 19 8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 23.704 0.456 43 9 Fernando Alonso Alpine 23.779 0.531 28 10 Alexander Albon Williams 23.804 0.556 18 11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.841 0.593 44 12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.845 0.597 9 13 Esteban Ocon Alpine 23.945 0.697 49 14 George Russell Mercedes 23.951 0.703 19 15 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 23.980 0.732 49 16 Nicholas Latifi Williams 24.020 0.772 9 17 George Russell Mercedes 24.069 0.821 45 18 Lando Norris McLaren 24.134 0.886 42 19 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 24.215 0.967 20 20 Max Verstappen Red Bull 24.217 0.969 9 21 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 24.281 1.033 19 22 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 24.833 1.585 49 23 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 24.881 1.633 49 24 Fernando Alonso Alpine 25.139 1.891 49 25 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 25.252 2.004 47 26 Esteban Ocon Alpine 25.684 2.436 19 27 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 26.089 2.841 49 28 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 26.199 2.951 41 29 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 27.937 4.689 19 30 Nicholas Latifi Williams 30.034 6.786 37 31 Kevin Magnussen Haas 38.262 15.014 7 32 Lando Norris McLaren 43.032 19.784 19

2022 Canadian Grand Prix

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