For the first time since 2019, Formula 1 returns to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix. There are plenty of similarities between this circuit and the one in Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with high-speed straights and some heavy braking corners. After a devastating double DNF for Ferrari can they bounce back? TWSN Formula 1 analysts Marissa Myers, Anthony Ravasio, and Dash Pederson preview the race and give their predictions for the top three finishers.
The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is a 2.71-mile track that features 14 corners and will run for 70 laps. The track will also have two DRS zones. The first zone runs from turn seven to turn eight. The second is split up into two parts, the first part is from turn 11 to turn 13 and starts back up at turn 14 and expands down the pit-straight until turn one. For the third race in a row, Formula 1 elected to go with the softest tire compounds of C3, C4, and C5.
After the horrible porpoising issues during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the FIA stepped in to announce a new technical directive. This means the FIA can now step in and require teams like Mercedes to modify their car’s height if they deem that the current set-up is causing an extreme issue for the driver. This will be good for drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton but it could also lead to the car losing pace. That factor is unknown heading into the race.
After both Ferrari cars ended up suffering DNFs last week, this led to Red Bull gaining a huge lead in the constructors’ standings. Charles Leclerc also fell from second to third in the drivers’ standings as both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez gained points in the race. Ferrari will need to have great races from both Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to make sure Red Bull doesn’t pull away in the standings.
1- Max Verstappen
2- Charles Leclerc
3- Lewis Hamilton
With the straight-line speed of the Red Bull car, it seems like it will be another race for a Red Bull winner. Max Verstappen outside of the weird race at Monaco has won every race he has finished and that will continue in the Canadian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc will start from the back of the grid after the team changed his whole power unit for a fourth time when only three are allowed. Leclerc can get back up to finish on the podium with the pace of the Ferrari car, but the starting position is crucial. In the last 26 races no driver has started further back then seventh and gone on to secure a victory. Despite the porpoising issues, Lewis Hamilton has still been able to finish in the top 10 of the last four races. When it comes to the Canadian Grand Prix he has won four of the last five races at the track. This familiarity is what will help Hamilton secure a podium finish.
1- Sergio Perez
2- Lewis Hamilton
3- Max Verstappen
After last week’s craziness and Charles Leclerc having to start from the back of the grid, Ferrari’s chances at winning anything this season are dimming. The Canadian Grand Prix favors Red Bull yet again, but can we really expect a Red Bull 1-2 after they did the same last week on top of a short week traveling from Azerbaijan? Lewis Hamilton has seven wins in Canada, including four of the last five, and is absolutely due for a good performance. Qualifying is always important in Formula 1, but the recent numbers show that has been particularly true in Canada. Five of the last seven winners started in pole position, and 11 of the last 13 winners started on the front row. Verstappen or Perez will grab the pole, but expect Hamilton to repeat the success he’s had here.
1- Max Verstappen
2- Sergio Perez
3- Fernando Alonso
On a track that pushes the limits of the brakes, the top cars will win. However, I’m not convinced the Ferrari’s are durable enough to withstand the weekend. On top of that, Charles Leclerc suffering a grid penalty and having to start from the back doesn’t help Ferrari’s chances at all. Verstappen has been on fire and Perez has been close behind. After a fantastic day one, Fernando Alonso will show why experience matters as he sneaks his way into a podium finish in the Alpine.