F1 : Canadian Grand Prix Preview

A quick trip over the Canada before the European season resumes gives us one of the most loved races on the calendar. After controversy in Monaco, all eyes will be on Mercedes to see what happens next.

Monaco Grand Prix Recap

Thank god for qualifying or else we could have been in for one dull weekend. It all kicked off in Q3 when, while holding the current pole time, Rosberg made a mistake on his final lap and pulled into the escape road and caused yellow flags which meant that Hamilton, behind him and on a quick lap was unable to complete his flying lap and thus securing pole position for Rosberg. A pole position on a track that it is extremely hard to overtake and in which the pole sitter wins a huge amount of times. Hamilton felt that Rosberg made the error on purpose, causing some interesting interviews and interactions between the two but after Rosberg was cleared by the stewards, the question was whether Hamilton could use this aggression and frustration to get past Rosberg and maintain his championship lead. At any other track you wouldn’t have bet against it, but at Monaco, it would have needed a huge error from Rosberg and that just didn’t happen. When the most exciting thing to happen in the race is Lewis getting dirt in his eye, you know it wasn’t a classic. The vision problems allowed Ricciardo to catch Lewis but was unable to pass which left him with third place on the podium.

Canadian Grand Prix Preview

Montreal couldn’t come at a better time for Lewis, needing a win to clear his head and put himself back on top of the championship, there are few better places for him than Canada where he already has three wins, including his first ever in F1. Canada is a very popular race, with a semi permanent, semi street circuit layout it provides for some great racing and walls keep the drivers honest. The setting is beautiful with it being on a man-made island, surrounded by water and on the outskirts of Montreal, the fans always come in force and produce a fantastic atmosphere.

Mercedes will be dominant again unless another team has made real strides since Monaco so that is doubtful, Red Bull will be hoping to have closed the gap but will be disappointed that despite Monaco negating much of the Mercedes power advantage, they were still not really able to challenge.

Race Predictions

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Fernando Alonso
  5. Daniel Ricciardo

I’m not sure you will get much more of a sure thing in F1 that Lewis picking up the win in Canada on Sunday. It’s probably his best track, he’s in the fastest car and is arguably the fastest outright driver so nothing should really stop him apart from mechanical issues. If Rosberg can win without Lewis having a problem, it will send a huge message to everyone that this battle will continue all throughout the season. It may be tight between the Red Bulls and Ferrari’s so we should get some great racing!

The Canadian Grand Prix is live on Sky and the BBC, here are the times:

Qualifying – Green light – 18:00
BBC 1 – 17:00 – 19:20
Sky F1 – 17:00 – 19:45

Race – Lights out – 19:00
BBC 1 – 18:20 – 21:00
Sky F1 – 18:00 – 21:30

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