2022 Canada Grand Prix Predictions & Race Preview
Formula 1 is returning to Montreal where the ninth race on the calendar will be held this season. Due to a coronavirus pandemic, there has been no race in Canada since 2019.
The track in Montreal is named after the legendary Canadian driver Guilles Villeneuve, who tragically died in 1982. The first race in Canada was held in 1961, and the most successful drivers were Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton with seven wins each.
The race in Canada is usually one of the most interesting of the year because there are plenty of places to overtake, but also a few heavy chicanes. The last corner is also known as the “Wall of Champions”, and it was named after Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, and Jacques Villeneuve crashed place in 1999. From then until today, this wall has been fatal for many drivers.
The circuit length is 4,361 kilometers and the scheduled distance is 70 laps. The track in Montreal has 14 turns and two DRS zones. The first DRS zone is between corners 7 and 8, while the second one is starting just before turn 12.
The last man who was on pole position in Canada was Sebastian Vettel with the time 1:10.240
Enjoy his pole lap. 😉 pic.twitter.com/urKp13QjfF
— Libor Torinsky 🇺🇦 #RealRacing3 #F1 (@Libor_Torinsky) June 14, 2022
Max Verstappen is getting closer to a new world title, can Charles Leclerc stop him?
After Sergio Perez expressed dissatisfaction in Spain and then won the race in Monte Carlo, it seemed that the Mexican driver could join the race for the world championship, but if there were any doubts, there are hardly any after Grand Prix in Azerbaijan. It is quite clear that Perez is the driver number two in Red Bull and that he don’t have permission to endanger Max Verstappen in any way.
Reigning world champion Verstappen currently has 21 points more than Perez, but the only thing that matters is that he has 34 points more than Charles Leclerc, the only contender for the title.
In the last three races, Leclerc had to retire his car twice, while in Monaco, due to a team mistake, he finished in a weak fourth place. In the last five races, Red Bull has won five times (four times Verstappen and Perez once) and Ferrari must respond.
If Verstappen wins in Canada as well, he will make a huge point advantage over Leclerc and world champion could be decided long before the last few races. That is the reason why Ferrari will have to find a way to beat Red Bull and win this Sunday.
That was a good race!! 🤩💪
We had incredible pace today 🔥 To have another maximum team score makes it a really good day for us @redbullracing 💪
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) June 12, 2022
Where is the rest of the grid?
After he didn’t finish the race in Azerbaijan, Carlos Sainz dropped out of every story related to fighting for the championship title. His task in the next period will be to help Charles Leclerc as much as possible because that is the only way for Ferrari to win something this year.
Mercedes may have completely missed out on making the winning car, but George Russell is getting the most out of what he has at his disposal. He finished in the top 5 in each of the eight races so far and he is currently in fourth place in the driver’s standings with 99 points. Lewis Hamilton has 37 points less than his teammate and that speaks enough about how good Russell is.
Alpine and McLaren had a very good race in Azerbaijan as both drivers from both teams finished in the top 10 and scored points. After a good start of the season, Alfa Romeo and Haas are in bad form lately, while Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel drove the best race in 2022 for Alpha Tauri and Aston Martin last weekend.
Pick: Ferrari driver to win the race – YES
Only Ferrari and Red Bull have won races this year and that will be hard to change as they have a much superior car than everyone else.
Ferrari achieved last victory in round 3 in Australia after which Red Bull won five times in a row even though Leclerc had a pole position in the last four races. It’s time for Ferrari to respond and triumph in Canada.
It hurts again. But I’ll never give up. pic.twitter.com/JvTjR09Lm9
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) June 12, 2022
Advices & Tips
Pick: Daniel Ricciardo in top10 in race – YES
After rumors that he could be fired and not drive for McLaren next year, Daniel Ricciardo finally showed his true face and drove perhaps his best race of the season in Azerbaijan last weekend.
He’ll have the opportunity for another good result in Canada where he always drove excellent. Also, he achieved his first Formula 1 win here in Montreal back in 2014.
Pick: Over 2.5 different drivers will lead the race
Drivers will lose only 17-18 seconds during the pit stop, so we will probably see two or even three stops per driver in this race.
Different strategies are to be expected, thus increasing the possibility that at least three different drivers will be in first place at some point in the race.
“I still know what I can do” 🗣
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 15, 2022
First free practice: 20:00-21:00
Second free practice: 23:00-00:00
Third free practice: 19:00-20:00
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