Mercedes has dominated all season, but Red Bull bounced back in the Montreal Grand Prix on Sunday, and the momentum may be changing with the Austrian race next.
It was a thrilling Canadian race for Cayman based Formula 1 fans at PD’s pub on West Bay Road.
Red Bull Racing seems to have most of their problems sorted out just in time for their home Grand Prix on June 22.
Red Bull secured first place through Daniel Ricciardo’s first F1 win when he passed Nico Rosberg of Mercedes with just two laps left, and then four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel passed Sergio Perez in the final minutes to take third for Red Bull.
This was a welcome outcome for Red Bull distributor Andreas “Zulu” Kettner, who has seen Mercedes win all season through Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Formula 1 fans are looking forward to Austria’s first Grand Prix since 2003. This famous track is now owned by Red Bull, which has gained respect for putting on some of the world’s most exciting sports events.
The pressure to deliver a win on their own track is enormous. Kettner is Austrian, so his interest will be heightened when screening begins at PD’s at 9 a.m.
Again, more than 50 race enthusiasts watched the televised screening, and this time raised $234 for The Pines Retirement Home.
As usual, they had an array of great door prizes, including gift cards from Automotive Art Cayman, Vanity Salon, Power Flower and Rubis, as well as a bottle of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante sparkling wine. Prizes were won by Gina Athey, Clare Alys, Wendy Chawe, Robyn Banfield and several others.
The Wharf Restaurant also donated a gift card, which was purchased in an auction by club founder Danny Roach.
Montreal’s most dramatic incident was when Williams driver Felipe Massa seemed to lose braking power and crashed at extremely high speed while attempting to overtake Perez.
Massa criticized Force India’s Perez for his part in the spectacular crash. Perez was given a five-place grid penalty for the next GP for the incident that led to both drivers being taken to hospital.
Massa said that what Perez did was dangerous and the penalty was not enough. Perez denied any fault and says he cannot understand Massa’s maneuver.
The Mexican said he was following the same line as in previous laps and “just got hit from behind.”