America for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Max Verstappen continued his incredible run in the 2023 calendar, notching up another impressive win in Catalunya.
But it was Mercedes who impressed one and all, clinching a double podium with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and George Russell, third.
Heading into Montreal, Verstappen will aim for his sixth victory of the season to further extend his 53-point lead at the top of the driver's standings over his teammate Sergio Perez.
Mercedes will also hope to continue their resurgence, while Aston Martin will look to get back into the podium positions. Ferrari will also aim to bring an end to their slump which has seen them be less than convincing the whole year during the 2023 calendar.
Another day, another victory for Max Verstappen, and the Dutchman has been flying high in the race for the driver's championship. The 25-year-old is looking well on course to seal his third consecutive championship and the question now arising is will someone step up to pose a serious threat to Verstappen?
Mercedes were the surprise package of the Spanish Grand Prix after their update last time around and it remains to be seen whether they can build on their momentum in the Canadian Grand Prix which will be quite a different challenge to the circuit in Barcelona.
All eyes though are on Aston Martin, who will be rolling out the new updates during the upcoming weekend in Montreal, with ace driver Fernando Alonso sounding bullish over their chances for the races ahead.
The conditions during the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are set to throw up a mixed bag. Conditions will mostly be warm with spells of rain predicted in between.
There is a small chance of rain on all three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the start of the race, conditions are expected to be cloudy with a high of 24 degrees Celsius, with periods of showers forecasted.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been in existence since 1978 and is one of Formula 1's oldest tracks. The circuit is 4.361 kilometers long and has 17 turns. The lap record at the circuit belongs to Finland's Valtteri Bottas, with a time of 1:13.078 in 2019.
The track remains a favourite for drivers due to its low downforce, stop-start nature, and heavy-braking chicanes. With people in Montreal embracing F1 and turning up in numbers, the Canadian Grand Prix is a real spectacle.
Canadian GP 2023 Schedule
Here's the schedule of the Canadian Grand Prix this year:
Friday, June 16
11:00 PM – 12:00 PM: Free Practice 1
4:30 AM – 5:30 AM: Free Pratice 2
Saturday, June 17
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Free Practice 3
1.30 AM – 2:30 AM: Qualifying
Sunday, June 18
11:30 PM: Race
Previous winners at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
The Canadian Grand Prix returned last year after a hiatus of two years due to COVID-19 restrictions. Max Verstappen duly won the race in what was another big step towards him winning the championship.
Between 2016 and 2019, Lewis Hamilton was dominant in Montreal, winning three of the four races, with Sebastian Vettel taking victory in 2018.
Canadian Grand Prix betting tips
With his current form, Max Verstappen is the clear front-runner to win the race in Montreal. This weekend though, the narrative will firmly be around Mercedes as they look to continue their charge after a positive weekend in Catalunya.
Aston Martin will also be of interest to everyone, with the new upgrades coming in and the brilliant form of Fernando Alonso throughout the season. We are backing Fernando and Aston Martin to do well and seal a podium place in Montreal.
Below are the most popular Formula 1 bets for Canadian Grand Prix:
🏎️ George Russell podium finish (3.00)
🏎️ Aston Martin both cars finish in the top 6 (3.00)
🏆 Max Verstappen winner and fastest lap (2.05)
🏆 Mercedes both cars podium finish (6.00)