Formula 1 caravan has arrived to North America for the first time this year for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. The seventh race of 2016 season traditionally will be held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
The Canadian Grand Prix will be a much faster race than the previous one in Monaco or, in fact, any of the previous races in 2016 season so far. As the cars hit more than 250 km/h four times in one lap at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and max out at 330 km/h on the straight at the end of the lap all Formula 1 teams and their engineers have planned engine updates according to this round. There are also some very slow corners and speed traps meant to slow down speeding cars, which makes the race a real trial for brakes and tires. What this circuit is also known for are the low grip levels on some parts of the track and proximity of the walls due to limited space on the Isle of Notre Dame where the circuit is built on.
Tire manufacturer Pirelli has designated soft, supersoft and ultrasoft compounds for this race. For the first time this season there will be no medium compound tyres available. Teams also must prepare for the unpredictable weather this time of year in Montreal as the current forecast expects the rain during Sunday’s race, with highest temperatures expected only around 13 degrees Celsius.
Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton is back in the favorite after taking his first win of the season two weeks ago in Monaco. Hamilton, last year’s and four-time winner on this track, is with 82 points only 24 behind his teammate Nico Rosberg whose four-win streak was stopped two races ago. Rosberg who never won in Canada needs a strong race to keep his lead and confidence. Resurgent Red Bull will try to keep the pressure on Silver Arrows as currently third in Drivers’ championship Daniel Ricciardo and his young teammate Max Verstappen along with the two Ferrari drivers should be in the mix for the places on the podium. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 188 points followed by Ferrari with 121 points and Red Bull with 112 points.
The race starts on Sunday at 19:00 hours CET.