Candian Grand Prix Preview
Sebastian Vettel raced to pole position ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand prix at a rain-hit qualifying session in Montreal on Saturday afternoon.
The German is now favourite to scoop victory this evening which would be his first victory since the Bahrain Grand Prix in mid-April.
But Mother Nature may throw a spanner in the works as rain is expected to hit once again during the race. The Gilles Villeneuve circuit is another classic circuit on the calendar and has thrown up its fair share of memorable races over the years, with wet races being a common occurrence in Canada.
You only have to look back to the 2011 race which was red flagged and suspended for nearly two hours as torrents of rain fell onto the track. The drains were unable to cope with the deluge, which left many parts of the track waterlogged.
Vettel finished second in that race, behind winner Jenson Button, and will be hoping to end his bogey of results in Canada with that second place his best finish here. In fact, Red Bull have never won a race at the circuit since they joined the sport in 2005.
Vettel’s pole position brought an end to Mercedes’ domination of the top spot in qualifying, with their drivers holding that position for the last four races.
However, Lewis Hamilton showed the German team still have a fast car in the wet and secured second spot on the grid but was over a second slower than Vettel.
His team-mate and winner last time out in Monaco, Nico Rosberg, lines up on the grid in fourth, behind Williams’ Valtteri Bottas who took advantage of the soggy conditions.
The Finn is a rookie this season and it is only his seventh Formula One race but he has a great chance of securing Williams’ first points of the season after a less than impressive start to the 2013 campaign. Bet Victor are offering odds of 8/11 for the 23-year-old to secure his first ever F1 points finish.
Fernando Alonso starts the race in sixth and the Ferrari driver is second favourite with many bookies to make up a number of places in the race to scoop top spot on the podium. Ladbrokes are offering the best odds of the Spaniard scooping the win at 4/1.
McLaren’s dreadful start to the season continued on Saturday with both drivers failing to finish outside the top ten. Sergio Perez lines up 12th whilst Jenson Button was unable to set a fast lap after Felipe Massa’s accident in the second qualifying session caused a red flag with less than two minutes left in the session so he starts 14th.
But Button has showed his class in the rain before and should wet conditions return on Sunday afternoon, the race could feature a fair few incidents and possible safety cars. That could play into Button’s hands and would be a decent outside punt at 150/1 with William Hill and Bet 365 to come through the field and claim victory, should it be a wet race.
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