The focus turns to Montreal in Canada for this weekend’s racing action and after only six rounds of 2015’s FIA Formula One World Championship, we’ve seen our fair share of drama and controversy, most notably the mishap by the Mercedes pitwall in the previous race in Monte Carlo. With that in mind, all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton who would be determined to set the record straight.
Nico Rosberg will be on a high after winning two races in a row, but he will know that his last victory would not have been if it weren’t for a silly mistake and we can be sure that something like that will not happen again any time soon, so Nico will not be able to count on favours from his team going forward, he’ll have to outdrive his teammate if he wants his name on the trophy at the end of the season.
With the battle between the two Silver Arrows at the front heating up, the Ferrari’s will be looking to push even harder this weekend with it’s new upgraded engines, said to be much closer to the Mercedes-power units in terms of horsepower. Could we expect a closer battle between Vettel and Rosberg for second?
The 4.3 kilometer Gilles Villeneuve-track is a very fast and flowing circuit and is known to be one of the “power circuits” on the calendar. This should play right into the hands of the Mercedes team who is expected to be victorius, but with 70 laps around the track and the famous “Wall of Champions” on the exit of the last corner ever so present, even the slightest miscalculation could change things around on Sunday.
Further down the grid the McLaren team is still struggling for pace, but Honda is also said to have found a few ways to extract more power from their unit, so let’s see if Fernando Alonso can score a few points in Canada.
Daniel Ricciardo will return to Canada with fond memories as he scored his first career-victory in Montreal in 2014. Red Bull has been quite off the pace this season, but Ricciardo seems to be able to get the most from the car and he’ll always be in with an outside chance.
We should also watch out for “Mad” Max Verstappen who caused the accident leading towards the farcical circumstances in Monaco, but I must say apart from his mishap a fortnight ago, he’s really been impressive and his aggressive driving style is a pleasure to watch.
It’s easy to predict a Mercedes win and since they hold all the cards at the moment, my money would have been on Hamilton to take the win with Rosberg second and Vettel a close third, but I’m not a gambler, so I’ll just look forward to another interesting race and hopefully the few extra horses under the red chassis will provide for a competitive race. May the team with the best pitwall-calculators win.