After Lewis Hamilton was denied a straightforward win in Monaco by his team’s strategic blunder, he will look to get back to the top of the podium in Montreal this weekend


Lewis Hamilton to win the Canadian Grand Prix at 8/11 Ladbrokes

Having qualified on pole, and led throughout all looked set fair for Lewis Hamilton in Monaco until his team calling him for a pit stop after the late safety car, misjudging the gap to the field and bringing him out behind Rosberg and Vettel. The result is that the F1 teams head to Montreal this weekend with Hamilton only ten points ahead of Rosberg

The Canadian Grand Prix is usually one of the most incident filled races of the season, and anything can happen. The circuit is a demanding high-speed track lined by punishing barriers but offering plenty of overtaking opportunities. The circuit has almost unique characteristics in Formula One terms; a track of relatively few corners representing a series of high-speed sprints between chicanes with  massive braking zones at either end of the course – with narrow concrete walls lining much of the lap to punish the slightest of mistakes.

Pirelli will bring the two softest tyres in their range to Canada – the red-marked supersoft and the yellow-banded soft. “Canada is a circuit that is very reliant on mechanical grip, with the race frequently held in cool temperatures,” the Italian firm said. “As a result, the soft and supersoft is the ideal choice. Traction and braking are the main characteristics of the lap.”

In this regard, Mercedes should once again be clear of the field with a big advantage in the power package and mechanical grip. In Spain for example, Mercedes were half a second clear of Ferrari in the third sector of the track alone, where mechanical grip was the key differential.

Honda, for McLaren, and Ferrari have used engine tokens for Canada. Mclaren, fresh off their first points of the season in Monaco, will hope to continue their rise through the field from their inauspicious start whilst Ferrari will hope to close the gap to Mercedes.

I would expect Hamilton to win in Canada. He has a superb record in the race, and only once has a team-mate outqualified him in eight starts. The high speed, low downforce and barrier lined circuit tailor made to suit Hamilton’s driving style.

Hamilton is a driver well known for being aggressively late on the brakes, with a natural feel for modulating the brake pedal to prevent lock-ups during heavy braking. So when he’s on song and has the brakes how he wants them, which wasn’t the case at this stage last season when the brakes on both Mercedes failed, Montreal is his kind of track,

“Braking is important because it is where everyone gains all the time. I’ve always been the latest of the late brakers, but you also have to modulate the brakes through the corner to control the car,” he wrote about Montreal last year,

“If you don’t have the feel you need in that control zone, then you don’t have the confidence to attack the braking zones because you’re worried about locking the wheels or the stopping power. And if you damage these tyres, they don’t come back”

Hamilton has already won three times at the Canadian Grand Prix, confirming that it is one of his best tracks and in the Mercedes package he is a worthy favourite.


Lewis Hamilton to win the Canadian Grand Prix at 8/11 Ladbrokes