Canadian Grand Prix

Formula One: Canadian Grand Prix Preview

Alex McMahon
Formula One circuit heads to Canada

Montreal’s breath-taking Notre Dame Island is one of the best tracks in motorsport and fans from all over the world will be tuning in for this weekend’s race.

Lewis Hamilton has a 14-point lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings and the Briton will be confident of notching another victory here.

Hamilton has finished on top of the podium six times at the Canadian Grand Prix and the defending champion will be the one to beat.

He has won this race in each of the last three years; a statistic that bodes well for Mercedes again in Montreal. At the time of writing, he is the 11/8 favourite to win the race but that is a decent price considering his record.


Unsurprisingly, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is next in the betting. As mentioned in our latest Formula One blog piece on the title race, Vettel could be the man to end Hamilton’s grip on the world title.

The German, a four-time winner with Red Bull Racing, has struggled at this track in years gone by and is out at 7/4 to prevail.

Qualifying will be crucial to Vettel’s chances and Ferrari have the pace to push Mercedes close this weekend. Montreal has several straights and the faster cars will have a clear advantage in these sections of the track.

There are a few intricate turns but the Canadian Grand Prix encourages overtaking and we should see a very fast lap to clinch pole.

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Again, Hamilton will be well backed to secure top spot on the grid. The Brit will be quietly confident of snatching pole and he could enjoy a very successful Sunday drive if he does get his nose in front on Saturday.

Once Hamilton has a lead, he rarely relinquishes it – barring any engine or car issues out of his control. The 7/20 for Hamilton to outqualify teammate Valtteri Bottas should be snapped up.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo may take the ‘next best’ honours behind Hamilton and Vettel.

The former has found himself in hot water for some of his overzealous driving this year whilst Ricciardo has two wins to his name – including most recently in Monaco. The Australian could feature prominently again in Canada if he carries that form into this race weekend.


Finally, viewers should expect drama. We’ve seen a few heart pumping finishes in this race in recent years and another exciting encounter looks likely on Sunday.

2/5 for a safety car in Montreal isn’t much of a price but given the history, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a crash or two. Bunching the field up with a safety car could affect the entire outcome of the race depending on pit stops.

Hamilton is the current favourite and rightly so. You must respect his record at this track and the Brit will take some stopping as he bids to increase his lead at the top of the Drivers’ standings.

Vettel, Ricciardo and Verstappen will be waiting in the wings if Hamilton makes a mistake but it is difficult to look past the Mercedes man. Another victory for the defending champion looks the most likely outcome.


*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*