The Canadian GP is considered one of the top races in the Formula 1 calendar. The history and the competitive nature have been some of the factors behind the enormous interest in this event, which is also called as the Montreal Grand Prix.
It was inducted into the Formula 1 World Championship in 1967. In the initial years, the event was staged at the Mosport Park in Ontario. During these days, F1 Montreal was also held at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. Since 1978, though, it has been permanently held at the Notre Dame Island in Montreal. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which hosts the event, is considered as iconic as the Canadian Grand Prix.
As ever, Montreal F1 2017 will take place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The race will take place on June 11. Traditionally, it has always been held after the Monaco Grand Prix and the 2017 edition is no different. The Grand Prix Montreal schedule sees the event held just a fortnight after the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the iconic events. Formula 1 fans, thus, are treated to a spectacular schedule of races. The European Grand Prix took place after this race in the 2016 season, but 2017 edition will be following a different route with fans being treated to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It is different only in terms of nomenclature, as it will take place at the same Baku City Circuit in Baku.
Since the Montreal Grand Prix schedule for 2017 comes just after the Spanish Grand Prix, it is likely that the cars are going to be even faster. Several new upgrades are expected to be brought in by the teams prior to the Spanish Grand Prix, and this will only serve to make the cars faster. F1 2017 teams and drivers have been focused on making the cars faster with aerodynamics and powerful engines. This tactic has been hugely successful in the first few races with the entertainment quotient going up significantly. The Grand Prix weekend Montreal is also expected to witness a similar fare.
One of the iconic aspects of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve happens to be the ‘Wall of Champions,’ which is actually the last corner of the circuit. It gained this unique name after witnessing champions or former champions Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, and Damon Hill crash into the corner in 1999. This corner also presents a great overtaking option in the Montreal F1 track. Here are the possible contenders who can make a difference in the Grand Prix du Canada 2017:
Lewis Hamilton is clearly one a mission to become the most successful driver when it comes to the le Grand Prix Montreal. After having won the race an incredible five times, the Brit is only two wins away from equalling the record held by Michael Schumacher, who has seven wins. Since 2010, Hamilton has managed four wins at the Grand Prix F1 Montreal. A big positive for Hamilton is the upcoming round of updates in the next few weeks. Mercedes are expected to go quicker from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. Hamilton is also immensely successful when it comes to the F1 Canadian Grand Prix, a race that he has won five times.
Sebastian Vettel has had an excellent start to 2017 after opening up a lead over Lewis Hamilton in the world championship table. It will be interesting to see if the German will be able to maintain their advantage by the time the F1 weekend Montreal Grand Prix begins. Since becoming a major player in the sport, Sebastian Vettel has been able to enjoy success in just one Montreal Grand Prix weekend. His only success at this event was in 2013 when he was racing for Red Bull Renault. At that period, Red Bull Renault were significantly better than any other team on the grid.
Valtteri Bottas has so far surprised many by managing to show quite a lot of pace. His pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix was a testament to his speed, and there can be no doubt that he will be one of the contenders during the Grand Prix Montreal dates. The 27-year-old has been performing well when it comes to the Montreal F1 race. While racing for Williams Martini, he has managed to finish third in the last two editions. His only finish below the 10th spot was in 2013 when he could only manage a 14th place finish.
Daniel Ricciardo is struggling in the World Drivers’ Championship after only managing a fourth and fifth place finish in the Chinese and Bahrain Grand Prix. Yet, he has a pedigree when it comes to the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix, as he finished as the winner back in 2014. Once again, a significant amount of focus will go towards Red Bull Renault’s vastly superior car back then. However, the Australian showed that he is more than capable of winning the GP Montreal when called upon. Those who have secured Montreal Grand Prix tickets should not dismiss the chances of the 27-year-old succeeding in the race.
The 2017 Canadian Grand Prix is pretty close and we are bound to see the big names in the F1 world fight for points in the Drivers’ Standings. The fight between Mercedes and Ferrari is tougher than ever and we will see incredible moments as Hamilton is looking for ways to put a stark difference between him and the second place in the standings.
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