Race Day : 7th June
Canada is coming after the most controversial race of the year, with Mercedes messing up Lewis Hamilton’s race strategy we see a semi-deflated Lewis coming to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal needing to make a statement to his team mate.
Drivers Championship Standing Top 5
1 : Lewis HAMILTON
2 : Nico ROSBERG
3 : Sebastian VETTEL
4 : Kimi RAIKKONEN
5 : Valtteri BOTTAS
The Grand Prix has been held since 1967 in both the Mosport Park (1961-1977), the Circuit Mont-Tremblant (1968 and 1970) as well as its current home of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (formerly Ile Notre-Dame) since 1978.
It is a circuit where Michael Schumacher won 7 races and the two most dominant teams in F1 history share 13 wins apiece (Ferrari and McLaren, though I don’t see either adding to that this year.)
Last year it was the boy on fire, Daniel Ricciardo, that won the race but this year it looks like it’ll be between Lewis and Nico with a possible challenge from Sebastian Vettel.
I’ve always enjoyed the Canadian GP, I feel like its a race where you can get some really random results but some amazing racing at the same time. There is always some really exciting things happening in the race. In recent years it bucked the trend of season domination of Red Bull or Mercedes seeing all kinds of winners in the past 10 years. And yes I can say 10 years because we’ve never had the same winner two years running SINCE 2005 when Kimi Raikkonen broke Michael Schumachers strong hold on the race win.
There are a few moments I remember from the Canadian GP. Yeah I know people don’t like hearing about it but Jenson’s 2011 win was something as a Jenson fan I loved, Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa being black flagged after missing the red light at the end of the pit lane in 2007(?) as well as seeing Robert Kubica win there and last years win for Daniel.
Of course there is always the Wall of Champions and the fact that if you Wiki up the Canadian GP they have a “Full list of victims” just shows that there is a lot of personality at this grand prix.
And Canadians love F1. It always looks like such a fun and passionate crowd.
Of course what is important this week is for Lewis to show this maturity that every kept going on about. Early in his career what happened in Monaco would play on his ability to drive for a race or two after, it was like the start of really bad luck for Lewis which would send him into a bad way. Now he needs to step up and go for it. After all he has the upper hand on Nico and Nico has had the two results he needed to stay in the championship but only one of them was a win he can look to to help his OWN mental position. A win is indeed a win but how he won Monaco isn’t going to give him as much confidence as his previous win will.
Saying that Nico might find that lucky win enough to give him momentum going forward. Lewis needs to stop any momentum he MIGHT have right now. Instantly.
Nico got pole and a podium last year.
What I would like is for something special to happen, I’d quite like to see a Williams win but I don’t think it’ll happen!