Formula One heads to North America for the first time this season as Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve plays host to the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton is 25 points adrift of his championship rival Sebastian Vettel following the Ferrari driver's victory at the last round of the campaign in Monaco but again goes into the weekend as favourite in the outright race betting at odds of 11/10.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has conceded that, in his eyes at least, Ferrari are now the favourites for the championship following their one-two in Monaco a fortnight ago, a race in which Hamilton finished a distant seventh.
That is not yet reflected in the betting, with Mercedes 13/20 for the constructors’ crown ahead of Ferrari at evens. In the betting for the drivers’ championship though, Vettel is now the favourite though at 3/5, with Hamilton having been eased out to 13/10 and team-mate Valtteri Bottas 25/1.
Vettel is 13/10 for another win on Sunday ahead of Bottas at 13/2 and Kimi Raikkonen (11/1).
There can certainly be no hiding from the fact that the Briton is facing a tall order to get his title charge back on track. The key in Canada, a circuit which has suited Hamilton in the past, is whether he will be able to get on top of the tyre temperature issues that have plagued two of his last three outings.
The smart money would be on Hamilton, who was courtside for an NBA game with Barcelona star Neymar earlier this week, to bounce back. So often in Hamilton's career has a duff weekend been followed by a strong one, but another sluggish display will be of huge concern to the triple world champion and his Mercedes team.
In Hamilton’s favour, only Michael Schumacher (seven) has won more times than Hamilton's five race victories in Canada and this race 10 years ago marked his first victory in the sport.
Four other current drivers have won in Montreal; Raikkonen (2005), Fernando Alonso (2006), Vettel (2013) and Daniel Ricciardo (2014).
Five of the last 10 winners at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve have come from pole position, with Hamilton achieving the feat in 2007, 2010, 2015, and 2016 and Vettel in 2013.