Bonjour Canada! Formula One travels across the atlantic for the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix.
On the back of Monaco, Canada enters the Formula One calendar for round seven of the 2016 Formula One season. Last time F1 travelled across the atlantic, Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the 2015 World Drivers’ Title. This time, Formula One makes the trip on the back of a Hamilton victory in the Principality. But can he make it back-to-back wins this weekend and continue to claw back points from Rosberg’s championship lead or will Ricciardo claim his first win of the season after two near misses.
Hamilton headed into Canada last year with three Canadian Grand Prix victories to his name before he added a fourth to his tally by the end of the weekend. With that, Hamilton is the fourth most successful driver to race around the Notre Dame Island, a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River, with only Michael Schumacher more successful on seven. Three of Schumacher’s wins also came on the bounce between 2002 and 2004, a feat Hamilton can match this weekend.
Should Hamilton notch up another win to his career tally of 44, and Rosberg suffer a DNF, Lewis can also overturn the deficit he faces and leave Canada with the championship lead.
Hamilton however will face not only challenges from his team-mate and main rival, Rosberg, but also the Ferrari’s and Red Bull’s. For Red Bull have shown they can be the best of the rest with the win in Spain when Mercedes tripped over themselves and Ferrari’s weaknesses were prevalent. Then again pushed the Silver Arrows all the way to the chequered flag in Monaco where Ricciardo could have won, had it not been for a pit stop error that saw his lead wiped away.
Red Bull too will come to Canada with the upgraded Renault power unit for both drivers, after Verstappen was forced to remain with the previous spec for his calamitous Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s layout can also play to the hands of Williams, with the Mercedes powered team lacking performance so far in 2016. But with the long straights and little need for high cornering speeds, Williams could push on and secure one of their best results of the season so far at a track they were able to claim third place at last year.
Force India too could come to Canada expecting a strong result. With the Silverstone based outfit strong at a variety of track layouts, like Monaco where Perez was able to finish on the podium two weeks ago. Sergio Perez also comes to Canada with podium experience on the Notre Dame Island having finished third in the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix with Sauber.
Sauber however are facing another difficult weekend this year as they continue to struggle for performance and cash.
Lights out in Montreal will be live in England on Sky Sports F1 this Sunday, with the race simulcast on Sky Sports 1. Meanwhile, the BBC will continue their F1 coverage with radio commentary while Channel 4 will broadcast race and qualifying highlights across the weekend.
Wednesday June 8
20:30 – F1 Report: Canadian GP Preview
Thursday June 9
16:00 – Drivers’ Press Conference – Live
20:45 – Paddock Uncut
Friday June 10
14:45 – Canadian GP – Practice One – Live
18:45 – Canadian GP – Practice Two – Live
21:00 – Team Principals’ Press Conference
21:30 – The F1 Show – Live
Saturday June 11
14:45 – Canadian GP – Practice Three – Live
17:00 – Canadian GP – Qualifying – Build-up – Live
18:00 – Canadian GP – Qualifying – Q1, Q2, Q3 – Live
19:00 – Canadian GP – Qualifying Updates (BBC Radio 5 Live)
22:00 – Canadian GP – Qualifying Highlights (Channel 4)
22:25 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook
Sunday June 12
17:30 – The 2016 Canadian GP – Track Parade – Live (Sky Sports F1 and SS1)
18:00 – The 2016 Canadian GP – Pit lane – Live (Sky Sports F and SS1)
18:45 – The 2016 Canadian GP – Race – Live (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
19:00 – The 2016 Canadian GP – Race – Live (Sky Sports F1 and SS1)
21:30 – The 2016 Canadian GP – Paddock Live
22:40 – The 2016 Canadian GP – Race – Highlights (Channel 4)
Monday June 8
00:00 – Canadian GP – highlights
01:00 – Ted’s Race Notebook
Times above are for Sky Sports F1 unless stated.