F1 touches down in Montreal this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Usually one of the most exciting races on the calendar, this year’s has the potential to be closer than ever with Ferrari and Mercedes neck and neck.
Ahead of a what promises to be a thrilling weekend, here are some early pointers.
1. Stroll comes home
After a poor start to his F1 career, Lance Stroll will be hoping that his home race will be the start of a change in fortunes.
At the age of 18, Stroll hasn’t really shone this season with plenty of costly errors, especially in qualifying.
With F1 approaching the mid season stage, this race couldn’t come at a better time because a strong performance in front of his home fans will surely benefit Stroll for next few races.
More mistakes on home turf for Stroll then surely alarm bells have to ring at Williams.
Every position in the constructors’ championship matters and the British based outfit are getting dragged into a midfield scrap as things stand.
2. Mixed weather signs
Rain will definitely be around during the weekend as is a common link between most weather forecasts.
Uncertainty however lies in regards as to when bad weather will occur.
Friday practice is expected to be dry for both sessions but the story changes for rest of weekend.
Saturday morning is expected to be dry but qualifying and Sunday’s race have questions marks written all over them.
Several weather forecasters are reporting different conditions making it tough to predict. On that note with no clear indication, expect everyone out on track at start of each qualifying session to bank in a lap before any rain arrives.
3. Power and rubber
With several straights, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is mainly about engine power making this race tough to call.
McLaren Honda and the Renault powered cars can expect a tough weekend, given their inferiority to those powered by either Ferrari or Mercedes.
Tyres however can also play a part given that the soft, super soft and ultra soft compounds are all being used again.
The Silver Arrows struggled with the latter compound in Monaco and with Montreal sharing similar characteristics, they need to make their power advantage count to cover any tyre time-related loss.
Ferrari however will be confident of another 1-2 after a comfortable performance in the Principality. They however don’t carry as much power as Mercedes making this race extra competitive.
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