Four times Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix and after claiming pole for Sunday’s race, he has an excellent chance of making it five.
Hamilton’s steady erosion of the lead Nico Rosberg has at the top of the table might just continue this weekend. There wasn’t much between the two drivers in qualifying though with Hamilton just 0.062 seconds ahead of the German.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be third on the grid with the Red Bull’s of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in third and fourth respectively. The other Ferrari driven by Kimi Raikkonen was back in sixth followed by the two Williams of Bottas and Massa.
With Rosberg still 24 points ahead at the top of the table, Hamilton knows he has to continue the momentum that he gained when winning in Monaco. One more mechanical problem with his car and a good finish for Rosberg would again put the German in strong control of the title race.
Hamilton loves this track and has won four times in the past, Hamilton would love to make it five. He may just have sneaked pole but at the end of the day it’s just the win that is important to him as he said after qualifying: “It doesn’t matter how far you are ahead as long as your are ahead.” There has to be a slight worry for the defending world champion as he wasn’t as fast in qualifying as he was in practice.
Determined to have a good race on Sunday is Daniel Ricciardo who must feel he’s due to win a race sometime soon. He might need to avoid bashing into the wall on the final chicane as he did during qualifying. The improvement shown by McLaren in recent races has continued. For the third race in a row Fernando Alonso had a top ten finish and Jenson Button was twelfth.
So what can we expect on Sunday? The all-important weather forecast suggests that there’s going to be some wet weather on Sunday, not something that will upset Lewis Hamilton. It might not please the rest of the field though as there have been enough problems for drivers over the past couple of days when it’s been dry. That includes Carlo Sainz who crashed his Toro Rosso into the ‘wall of champions.’
It’s going to be another fascinating race on Sunday. Will Ricciardo find his luck changing and can Verstappen show us more of the form that was so impressive in Spain? It’ll be interesting to see if the Ferrari’s can possibly get into a challenging position and how will any bad weather affect the race? Lots of questions to be answered on Sunday, hope you all enjoy the race.