The Canadian Grand Prix is back in Formula 1. After two years of absence due to the pandemic, Montreal returns to complete a double with Baku and be the last race before the summer. A very special circuit that always offers action and that was already missed among Formula 1 fans.
The race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal it is usually in the afternoon, and, with the walls so close, it always leads to madness. Ferrari and Red Bull could be very close on a narrow track with long straights but also with some tricky corners where Ferrari could make a difference.
Ferrari arrives urgently to prevent Verstappen from escaping more
It is clear that Ferrari arrives in an urgent situation: it is useless to continue making poles if no race is won. What’s more, reliability is becoming a matter of great concern at Maranello after the debacle of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Baku. You have to react immediately.
Quite the opposite of Red Bull. Max Verstappen is on a roll, in the best shape of his life and with a mattress that promises a lot of peace of mind to face the next races. Starting with this one from Canada, a circuit in which he has never won. His car should go well, especially in the race.
Sure Sergio Pérez will have many Mexican supports in the second American race of the year. The Red Bull driver right now seems like the only alternative against his teammate, and he’s good at these types of circuits. Given the resignation of Ferrari, let’s see if Pérez can reactivate the world championship.
The Gilles Villeneuve is a circuit that often gives rise to incidents and crazy racing, so it is the best setting for George Russell to put the net back and try to chase another podium. Yes indeed, Lewis Hamilton has always flown in Canadawho needs to start reversing his situation with Russell.
We’ll see what he’s capable of Fernando Alonso in a circuit that should do well due to its configuration to his Alpine, but in which he has always had special bad luck. If the race goes crazy, not even the podium is out of the question. For him or for Esteban Ocon, although lately he is somewhat behind.
In the middle zone it will be interesting to check aston martin growth, because since they released their new design it seems that they are going up, especially in the hands of Sebastian Vettel. The opposite of McLaren, which after the podium in Imola has entered a zone of considerable uncertainty.
Hamilton and Schumacher tied for wins in Canada
This year’s will be the 41st Canadian Grand Prix to be held in Montreal, an intermittent circuit that has been absent from the calendar several times, on the last occasion due to the pandemic. Since 2019 Formula 1 has not run on this track that has provided many moments for history.
At the top of the winner’s table in Canada is a double tie. So much Michael Schumacher as Lewis Hamilton add seven wins in Montreal, and it doesn’t look like that tie can be resolved this season. The second who has won the most, Nelson Piquet, only has three wins.
Where there is no discussion is for brands. Ferrari has won eleven races on the Canadian circuit named after one of its greatest legends, Gilles Villeneuve. They are followed by McLaren with nine wins and Williams with seven. The three Formula 1 classics reign in the Canadian Grand Prix.
As for the Spaniards, Fernando Alonso won in Canada. He did it in the 2006 season with Renault, en route to his second world championship title. But beyond that he only adds two more podiums, both with Ferrari. Carlos Sainz’s best result is eighth place when he was also racing for Renault.
Afternoon schedules for Montreal’s return to the World Cup
This season the emission rights of Formula 1 in Spain owns them DAZN exclusively, although Movistar Plus + will continue to puncture its signal on the DAZN channel that it offers on its platform. No major inclement weather is expected in Canada, perhaps some chance of rain for Friday.
As for the schedules, the time difference with Canada means that we have changes and we have to wait until the afternoon to see the cars on the track: the race will start at 20:00 and the classification goes until 22:00, both in Spanish peninsular time. After two years of absence, Canada is back.
Schedules GP Canada 2022
– (FP1) Free practice: 20:00
– (FP2) Free practice: 23:00
– (FP3) Free practice: 19:00
– (Q) Classification: 22:00
– (RAC) Race: 20:00