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If those IndyCar drivers keep working at it, one of these days they'll be good enough for Formula Ford! That was an amazing race.

The Grand Prix was interesting, to say the least, and Vettel more than answered your question about who's No.1 in the Red Bull team. Time for Mark Webber to be making some discreet demands, I think. As you say, too much too soon for Vettel. What's a 19-year-old doing driving a Formula One car? Same as a 13-year-old riding a racing motorbike (and, for that matter, a 14-year-old trying to sail solo around the world), except Vettel got away with it. Madness.

Norris, you nailed it right on about Vettel! I've been commenting for quite a while the same way, that Vettel needs to grow up. This young man has great talent, but needs to control it much more than he does. The other problem is that top team management idolize the kid and blame others for his goofs. No wonder he can't focus on maturing effectively.

Great......... After spending almost half of my life on and off the track at Mosport......FINALLY I hear that there were some decent WC's there....... ;)

The big crash on the backstraight of Mosport:

Who and what is protecting the marshals if it were to have happened at Corner 6? Did you see how the marshals stand beside the guard rail there? Is there a lesson from this, or someone needs to be killed first?

Vettel is a menace who has no concept of racing in traffic. He's stupidly quick, but that doesn't matter if you can't keep the damn wheels on the racecar. He's just as bad when he's BEING passed as when he's trying to pass someone. He basically ruined Button's chance at the championship with that stupidity.

As to your question, the Montreal NASCAR race continues to bring big crowds for two reasons:

1) It's the best chance Canada has to see all its greatest drivers in one race. There's only a few rarely-known Canadian drivers in Grand-Am or ALMS, and none in Formula One. The NASCAR race every year usually has Jacques Villeneuve, Ron Fellows, Patrick Carpentier, Andrew Ranger, DJ Kennington, JR Fitzpatrick and sometimes others. Those ARE big names in this country, that matter MORE than Dale Jr and Jeff Gordon. Especially in Montreal.

2) The race, while unfortunately caution-heavy, is ALWAYS exciting, always produces crazy finishes, and more importantly, often results in surprising fan-favourite winners (ie. Ron Fellows, Boris Said.) Sometimes NOT having the big names dominate IS the fun part.

Who's Jimmie Johnston, by the way?

I too think you're right about Vettel. He's blindingly fast, but he does occasionally make some costly mistakes, which could be attributed to a lack of experience, or perhaps youthful over-aggressiveness. To be fair to Vettel, the incident with Liuzzi is nothing to get upset about. Schumacher and Rosberg had the same kind of contact (with less dramatic results), and after the race Schumacher summed it up perfectly, saying that kind of contact is part of racing. But what happened between Button and Vettel was not. You could charitably say that while attempting to pass Button, Vettel lost control due to a wet track, or you could simply say that Vettel lost control. But either way, he accidentally lost control of his car and while trying to regain control Vettel took out another driver. Now he wasn't the only driver to lose it on a slippery track, but he was the only driver who's team leadership immediately started making excuses for him - case in point the following comment from Horner:

“I think Jenson took him by surprise with how early he braked for the bus-stop and trying to avoid him Sebastian got into a bit of a moment and collected Jenson.”

Jenson's braking had nothing to do with the fact that Vettel lost control of his car. Vettel pulled out of the slipstream to pass Button on the right, but Button held his line, so Vettel tried to dive back around on the left (or maybe the move on the right was an attempt to fake out Button), while pulling quickly to the left, he lost control of his car and then over-corrected into the left side of Button. Losing control in slick conditions can happen, as I've said, it happened to a lot of drivers. But I didn't hear Barrichello or Williams blaming his crash on anybody else and Petrov freely admitted that the crash that took him out at the start of qualifying was his own fault. But this attitude in Red Bull that Vettel can do no wrong is not doing anything to help mature their driver, and I dare say it's not doing anything to endear Vettel or Red Bull to racing fans.

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