F1 2018: Canada

After the highs of Monaco, Formula One heads to Montreal, Canada for the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix.

Unlike last time out, we should see plenty of action here with the addition of a third DRS zone and teams bring new power units. 

Therefore, expect a thrilling weekend of action and it all starts below with our track guide and preview. 


Track Guide


Circuit: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Laps: 70

Race Distance: 305.270km

Tyre Compounds: Soft, Supersoft and Hypersoft


Can Lewis Hamilton be Denied Seventh Heaven?

Canada Hamilton 2017
Photo by Wolfgang Wilhelm

Lewis Hamilton and Montreal seem to go hand in hand, with the Brit managing six wins around here.

Another win here will see Hamilton in seventh heaven as he equals Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Canadian Grands Prix victories. 

Hamilton has in fact won the last three Grands Prix here and will take heart from the knowledge that Ferrari’s last win in Canada, came in 2004. 

One bigger omen is the fact that Mercedes powered cars have won eight of the last 12 Canadian GPs. 

Throw in a new power unit and it seems that only reliability will stop Lewis here from taking his seventh win around here. 


Is Ricciardo a title contender?

Ricciardo in race
(Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Currently 38 points off Lewis Hamilton after winning in Monaco and set to serve a grid penalty this weekend, could Daniel Ricciardo be considered as a title contender?

The Australian however seems relaxed when it comes to that idea, because in Red Bull’s driver preview, he says; “Hopefully we can have another strong weekend and start chasing down the championship leaders.”

If read between the lines, perhaps Ricciardo is being cautious given Red Bull’s deflict to Mercedes and Ferrari and his mixed Canada record.

In six previous visits to Montreal, Ricciardo has had three point and non point scoring finishes respectively, making this weekend tough to predict. 

Realistically if we are to have a three driver fight for the drivers’ title, Ricciardo probably has to finish in top three here with upcoming races favouring his rivals more. 


Can Stroll Wow at Home?


Lance Stroll at home race practice.jpg
(Photo, @Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited)


After a tough weekend in Monaco, Lance Stroll will be hoping to wow on home soil as Williams seek to make further progress. 

Speaking in Williams’ pre race weekend preview, Stroll describes this weekend as his ‘favourite race of the year’ and with his own grandstand, this promises to be even more ‘special’ than last year, when he scored his first F1 points around here.

Chief Technical Officer, Paddy Lowe meanwhile is keen to put Monaco behind and says that the team has ‘regrouped’ and want ‘good results’ for both drivers. 

Hopefully that belief will be rewarded because in the hybrid era, Williams have had at least one car finish in the points. 


Missed any of the first six race weekends and want to get up to date? Click on any of the hyperlinks below to go and check out my round up of the weekend/s.



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