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PREVIEW: Drivers’ Championship intensifies as F1 heads to Canada

Will the race in the Drivers’ Championship intensify or will Max Verstappen extend his lead at the top of the standings. Darry Worthington previews the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Will the race in the Drivers' Championship intensify or will Max Verstappen extend his lead at the top of the standings. Darry Worthington previews the Canadian Grand Prix.

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2024 Canadian Grand Prix
Suday 9 June 2024 – 21:00
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

After the Ferrari dominance of Monaco, the teams now head to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix.

With just 31 points between Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen and second-placed Charles LeClerc, things are really starting to heat up as we head into the midway point of the 2024 season.

To Win Race Outright

Max Verstappen 4/10 | Charles LeClerc 11/2 | Lando Norris 7/1 | Oscar Piastri 16/1 | Carlos Sainz 25/1 | Sergio Perez 40/1

Previous Race – Monaco

We may just have a race on our hands! Charles LeClerc’s win in Monaco and Carlos Sainz’s third-place finish has seen Ferrari roar back into the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship reckoning.

The twin Ferraris gave a great account of themselves in the French Principality with an early crash between Sergio Perez’s Red Bull and the two Haas making things a lot easier for the two Ferraris who were joined on the podium by McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.

With one Red Bull out of the running and Max Verstappen’s car struggling the door was open for Mercedes to take advantage and George Russell did just this as he claimed fifth place, finishing just behind Lando Norris who was running hot in his McLaren.

While Verstappen would claim sixth spot, it was to be an extremely underwhelming Grand Prix for Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton followed his former Championship rival across the line, with the veteran ‘Brit claiming seventh place ahead of RB’sYuki Tsunoda, who produced another solid drive. The ‘Top 10’ was rounded by Alexander Albon and Pierre Gasly.

Track – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Giles Villeneuve Circuit
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A firm favourite among F1 fans, the Canadian Grand Prix offers excitement at every turn with high-speed cornering and a kilometre straight that runs onto the aptly named ‘Wall of Champions’.

The Drivers will face thirteen turns, during each of their 70 laps, which include some of the trickiest hairpins on the F1 calendar. As such, braking systems will be heavily tested throughout the race weekend.

Last season’s race was full of incidents with George Russell crashing into a wall and some crazy pit lane action that almost caused a major crash.

Max Verstappen dominated proceedings here last year claiming pole and the race win, while Fernando Alonso claimed second and Lewis Hamilton took third.

There’s a decent amount of rain being forecast for this race weekend so we may well be in for a wet Grand Prix.

Value Bet

Lewis Hamilton – Podium – Yes 18/1

A massive shot in the dark with Hamilton struggling this term but the ‘Brit does have a very tidy record in Canada winning six races at the venue while finishing third in 2022 and 2023.

To Win Race Outright

Lando Norris @ 7/1

While Max Verstappen has won the last two races here, I don’t really fancy him as Red Bull are showing chinks in their all-conquering armour.

Instead, I will go with Lando Norris who has yet to crack a podium in Canada but is in good form.

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