Random Observation:

Our son's daycare is run by a Columbian immigrant and her mom. Great people, loving and caring folk. When I went to get the little guy yesterday, she was wearing a flag-themed shirt with rifles representing the stripes.

YEAH!

Her husband is a veteran and works as a contractor. On his truck's license plate is "EJECT46" so you know how he feels about *. I told him I liked it, we both smiled.

The Pledge of Allegiance is on the hood of their Kia SUV too...

Random Observation:

The other day, the gay/trannie flag was flying next to the entrance for...Northrup Grumman.

They build a very large campus just up the road from where I work; multiple buildings, greenways, shaded areas, etc.

Next to this complex is a S***bucks so maybe the trannie-supporters there made a play for that flag.

...or maybe not.

Disgusting all the same, perversion has no place in respectable society.

Random Observation:

The Shell station down the road from where we live shut down. I got fuel for one of our cars there on Monday. Went to fuel the other car up yesterday and...it was closed.

As in all the pumps were gone.

The Shell signage was gone.

The convenience store part was closed.

Yet the mechanic with two stalls attached to the building was still open.

Odd.

Frustrated that my employer, along with many others, are now offering deathcare travel reimbursement for women seeking to have an abortion.

However, it is a sign that Big Death is on the defensive and scrambling to maintain their organ-harvesting operations.

We're watching...

Some of us will make career decisions based on the official corporate policies of potential employers.

I'm going to guess that this week will bring some pleasant surprises too.

Last week was one for the ages though.

FTR, I am still not tired of winning.

@Andre @Teeeye81

For my fellow planespotters, there are currently two 10Tankers operating from (Williams) Gateway Airport right now.

Wildfire season is underway and they are flying.

@justhuman @BrianCates

So the season is really coming into focus now. I think Montreal provided a good idea of where things stand with respect to both the teams and drivers. We'll see how the next few races shape-up but my guess is they will look a lot like the last few races. The biggest unknowns are reliability and development. If the recent past is any guide, both of those play a major role in who wins the championships.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

All of this is a great lead-in to the European part of the season. I think we'll continue to see a back and forth fight between RBR and SF. My guess is Ferrari comes back strong and begins to win races again. Red Bull must be concerned that reliability issues may hamper their championship fight. Mercedes may or may not have a handle on their...handling, that will be evident soon. Plus Alpine and Sauber are showing that they are at the head of the midfield...for now.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

As for the rest, Stroll did ok at home. The same can't be said of Latifi, hope he enjoyed the experience. Haas were nowhere but at least Mick didn't cause his DNF this time.

Again, hitting the wall on pit exit like Tsunoda did was a much worse own-goal.

Finally, the setting for the Canadian GP were wonderful as always.

The St. Laurence Seaway.

The Montreal skyline.

Trees, full grandstands, Expo 67 buildings, and glorious summer weather.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

As for McLaren, well...another lousy weekend. They had some bad pit stops and lost places in the race after decent qualifying. Maybe the rain flattered their performance but honestly, it's all over the map this year. I would expect McLaren to be better than Sauber and maybe quicker than Alpine. With inconsistency though, they can't seem to find their groove. I think this has taken a toll on Daniel Ricciardo since last year, hence his disappointing performances.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

Sauber (Alfa-Romeo) is also solid, they have remained consistently competitive. Bottas is a solid driver and Zhou is impressing as a rookie. The fact he is scoring points shows that Sauber have build a good car that puts their drivers in a position to do well. Ferrari power might help a bit too but they got the chassis right.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

Alpine is not far behind either. They had a solid race and are quietly racking up points. Alonso's P2 in Qualifying was stunning, a truly significant effort from him. His race was good considering he didn't have variable weather to help him. Ocon showed that the car is strong and their results so far show it.

If nothing else, they will score a bevy of points and lay the groundwork for the future this season.

Good on them.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

Hamilton had a great race, he finished ahead of Russell and was on the podium. Granted, Canada is one of his best tracks but Merc looked good; I would say they are a solid #3 team in terms of overall competitiveness. They may have got a handle on the porpoising that was afflicting them, in which case the could challenge for wins shortly.

...although I think Russell will take the team's first win.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

Leclerc may not be as great as Max, but he's darn close. The Ferrari is a top-notch car this season and can tear through the field when needed. Leclerc cemented his reputation as an amazing driver with his performance at Montreal. His qualifying speed and passing skills are...Senna-esque.

He's on that level, a WDC-level talent.

Now if Ferrari could only provide him with a reliable car...

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@justhuman @BrianCates

Max won but was under thread by Sainz for the last ~20 laps. Even without the Safety Car period, it was going to be a fight for the finish. It's only a question of when Sainz will win, not if. He's had some ragged races and made mistakes but Canada showed that he can put it all together and compete with the best. He has a great car too so his time will come.

Especially when Leclerc has to drive through the field.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

While RBR looked strong all weekend, Perez's DNF showed that their pace can be tenuous. Checo has been on a run lately but suffered a mechanical to end his race.

At least he didn't put it in the wall on pit exit like Tsunoda did... That is not a way to extend one's F1 career.

The point is reliability will play a role in this year's championship just as it did in Canada.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

Before I get into the results, I see the order coming into focus amongst the teams. Here is what I think the ranking is:

Red Bull
Ferrari
*gap*
Mercedes
*gap*
Alpine
Sauber
...
the rest

Don't laugh, both Alpine and Sauber are having solid seasons. Not spectacular but they are making the most of the opportunities presented to them. This has enabled both to be more competitive than McLaren and Alpha-Tauri.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

As for the race, THAT was worth watching. The first 2/3rds of the race was a build-up for the last 20 laps. It looks like a clear pecking order has been established among the top teams and some discernable trends are emerging.

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*****

<lights out>

Now for my thoughts on the Canadian Grand Prix.

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@justhuman @BrianCates

Pole for Max but Alonso...WOW. Both Haas cars did well too. Russell rolled the dice in slicks and lost but Mercedes looked decent. If nothing else, the grid is scrambled for sunday's race.

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