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Canadian Grand Prix Preview: Stage set for epic race in Montreal

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The stage is set for a humdinger 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, with Mercedes driver George Russell starting from P1, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen beside him and two very racy McLaren lads right behind him.

All the ingredients are in place for the 43rd GP in the country to be an epic. The top six on today’s grid are separated by less than a quarter second, six teams have drivers in the top ten but Ferrari are not one of them. neither is Sergio Perez who failed to get out of Q1, while the #1 car of his teammate topped the timing screens at the end of the first stanza of Qualifying on Saturday.

If the past is anything to go by, expect incidents aplenty. And that’s not even factoring in the temperamental weather (aka rain) that has loomed over Ile Notre Dame all weekend and will be on hand for a play today in Montreal too.

Importantly, this is not Monaco where they finished where they started from. There is going to be overtaking today I am going to venture. Some big ones too as Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, named after Canada’s Ferrari and F1 legend, is that kind of old-school track that does not forgive. With a history of producing some of the sport’s finest race days.

Half a dozen potential winners in Montreal starting in the top ten

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Who will win today’s Canadian Grand Prix? Five or six in the top ten, but the smart money will be on Verstappen or one of the McLaren lads standing on the top step of the podium today.

Not Mercedes with Russell P1? Yes, George and Lewis Hamilton have finally been given a decent car to drive. The pair have made the most of it, playing at the sharp end for a change this past weekend.

And, finally, the Free Practice ‘form’ – Merc so often showed before it fizzled out when it mattered – seems to be the real deal. Today’s race will tell. But the signs from practice and soundbites from the drivers are positive.

Will Russell double his tally of one GP win or will Hamilton extend his collection of P1 F1 trophies to 105 by the end of this afternoon?

Russell might do if the car is in the right race window. Hamilton? Yes, Lewis is always inspired around the track he has won seven times at, equalling Michael Schumacher’s collection of triumphs in Canada. One more will make him F1’s all-time greatest in Montreal.

Personally, as a McLaren man, I would love to see Oscar take a maiden win. The Kid grows in stature and excellence with every race weekend. Ditto Lando who is relishing the fact that he can finally win GPs as he did so famously in Miami.

Never count Max out of anything F1 victory-related…

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 08: Pole position qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes and Second placed qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrate in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 08, 2024 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Then there’s Max! Always digging deeper than we imagine humans can. eg. the one second he found in Q1 on Saturday, which Perez was unable to sniff is a fresh example. As always expect and appreciate the maximum Verstappen will deliver today.

No doubt fired up by Jacques Villeneuve’s soundbites questioning why he is even in F1, Ricciardo delivered one of his best Qualy sessions since Mexico last year and will line-up his VCARB P5 on the grid. While the baby Red Bulls have looked solid all weekend, can Dan work wonders and keep it there?

Yesterday, 2006 Canadian GP winner and oldest driver on the grid Fernando Alonso (42) found inspiration, that had mysteriously eluded him in recent races, to put his Aston Martin p7. This means no mercy for those ahead!

The above-mentioned scenarios alone should Make for a highly entertaining Round 9 of the 2024 F1 World Championship. Of course, if the rain comes down, or a safety car or two need to be deployed this race could be manic.

Canadian Grand Prix: What else to watch out for?

  • How many Safety Cars and/or Red Flags?
  • Will it rain?
  • Who shunts first? The first two rows prang into each other in Turn 1? Lance? Logan? Checo? Esteban?
  • Worth watching: Checo starting from within a Haas sandwich…
  • Can Yuki beat Dan to restore the status quo at VCARB?

Montreal Sunday Weather Forecast

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Pirelli Infographics: Canadian Gand Prix

Pirelli Infographics: Canadian Gand Prix

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Canadian Grand Prix Facts & Stats by Reuters

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  • Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, on the Ile Notre Dame in Montreal
  • Round 9 of the 24-race 2024 FIA Formula 1 World Championship
  • Lap distance: 4.361km. Total distance: 305.270km (70 laps)
  • 2023 pole position: Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull one minute 25.858 seconds. 2023 race winner: Verstappen
  • Race lap record: Valtteri Bottas (Finland) 1:13.078, Mercedes, 2019.
  • Start time: 1800GMT (1400 local)
  • This weekend will be the 53rd Canadian Grand Prix, and 43rd in Montreal.
  • Lewis Hamilton has won seven times in Montreal (in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), including the first of his career. He holds the record jointly with Ferrari great Michael Schumacher.
  • Fernando Alonso (2006), Verstappen (2022, 2023) and Daniel Ricciardo (2014) have also won in Canada.
  • The circuit on the Ile Notre-Dame has 14 corners and is named after late Ferrari great Gilles Villeneuve.
  • McLaren have won 13 times in Canada, Ferrari 12 times (11 in Montreal), with seven poles and nine fastest laps.
  • The rain-hit Canadian Grand Prix of 2011 was Formula One’s longest race, lasting four hours, four minutes and 39.537 seconds. The safety car was deployed six times, another record.
  • The circuit is tough on brakes and the surface has been relaid for this year.
  • The wall at the exit to the final corner has been dubbed “The Wall of Champions” since 1999 when Damon Hill, Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all crashed there.
  • Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll is the sole Canadian in the race. The last Canadian to stand on a home podium was Jacques Villeneuve in 1996.

2024 Formula 1 World Championship

2023 f1 standings after round 8 monaco gp

  • Verstappen has led the championship for a record 47 successive races dating back to Spain in May 2022 and arrives in Montreal 31 points clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
  • Red Bull are 24 points clear of Ferrari.


  • Verstappen has won five of eight races this season, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz triumphant in Melbourne, McLaren’s Lando Norris in Miami and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in Monaco.
  • Ferrari are the only team to have had two winning drivers this season.
  • Hamilton has a record 103 career victories from 340 starts. He has now gone 53 races without a win, a run dating back to 2021.
  • Red Bull won 21 of 22 races last year, with Verstappen victorious in a record 19, and have won 36 of the last 41.
  • The team have won 118 races and are fourth in the all-time list of winners. Ferrari lead with 245, McLaren have 184 and Mercedes 125.
  • Verstappen has won 59 grands prix and is third on the all-time list. Michael Schumacher is second on 91.

Pole Positions

  • George Russell took his second career pole position on Saturday, finishing P1 in Qualifying. A dead-heat time of 1:12.000 with Max Verstappen matching the Mercedes driver but in P2 by virtue of setting the time after his rival had.
  • Hamilton has a record 104 career poles, his most recent in Hungary last year.
  • Verstappen took the first seven poles of the season, equalling Alain Prost’s 1993 record, and eight in a row including the last race of 2023 — equalling Ayrton Senna’s 1988-89 record.
  • Leclerc ended that run with pole in Monaco.


  • Verstappen has 104 career podiums, Hamilton 197.
  • The Red Bull driver set a record of 21 podiums in a season last year but Michael Schumacher remains the only driver to have stood on the podium in every race of a season (2002).
  • Verstappen has been on the podium six times in eight races this season.


  • Verstappen is chasing his third Canadian GP win in a row.
  • The race marks 10 years since Ricciardo’s first Formula One win at the circuit in 2014.