The Canadian GP – Preview

By Lara Seychell

  • The Canadian GP is next on the calendar
  • Can Lewis Hamilton close the gap against Nico Rosberg?
  • Will Daniel Ricciardo win in Montreal?

MONTREAL, CANADA – The Formula One circus will head to Montreal, Canada this weekend for the seventh race of the season.

The Gilles Villeneuve circuit, which appeared on the F1 calendar in 1978 has a circuit length of 4.361km. The lap record is still being held by Rubens Barichello who set a 1:13.622 in 2004.

Last year’s victor and Monaco winner Lewis Hamilton will try and equal what he did 12 months ago, while team mate Nico Rosberg will surely be there to forget his disappointing race in Monaco.

The Canadian race will also be the real test for both Red Bull and McLaren. The former has loads to prove following two races of mishaps with Daniel Ricciardo, while the latter will be at the perfect circuit to show what progress has been done by the team’s engine supplier, Honda. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is basically long straights with chicanes in between.

The circuit also features the ‘Wall of Champions’, a block of concrete located at the last corner which infamously got its name from the number of champions who ended their races by crashing into the wall.

There is definitely no other stretch of road on the Formula One calendar that has caught out as many top drivers, such as Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve, over the years.

Therefore, this weekend’s race is surely one not to be missed! Hamilton will try and close the 24 point gap between him and Rosberg, while the German will try and maintain his lead in the championship.

Here is the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix Schedule (times in BST)

Fri 10th Jun   

Practice 1 – 3:00pm

Practice 2 – 7:00pm

Sat 11th Jun

Practice 3 – 3:00pm

Qualifying – 6:00pm

Sun 12th Jun  

Grand Prix – 7:00pm