Lewis Hamilton has to be by far the odds on favorite to win Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. He just earned his fifth career pole at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and was quickest in both Formula One practices on Friday and fifth this morning.
He’s also won the last F1 race on the season in Monaco and is the defending race winner in the Canadian Grand Prix. But, he’s never won two Canadian Grand Prix’s in-a-row as he usually struggles in the race the next year following a win in Montreal.
If that happens on Sunday, there’s four drivers right there with him to pounce.
His teammate Nico Rosberg earned his 13th straight front row start as he qualified his No. 6 Mercedes second on Saturday afternoon. He too has been quick all weekend long as he was second, third and third respectively in the three practice sessions this weekend.
He will be right there challenging Hamilton.
If someone outside of the Mercedes camp is to win, look no further than Sebastian Vettel. He qualified third and was second, third and first respectively in the three practices this weekend.
Plus, Ferrari has the upgraded turbo for the race, as he’s going to be a big threat to win tomorrow afternoon.
If not these three, then watch out for the two Red Bull cars.
Verstappend and Ricciardo were fourth and 11th respectively in the opening practice session of the weekend on Friday morning, then were fourth and fifth in the second session later on in the afternoon.
In this morning practice, Verstappen was second quickest while Ricciardo was sixth.
That strength carried over to qualifying as Ricciardo will start his No. 3 Red Bull entry fourth and Verstappen fifth.
They’re in that next tier who can contend as well.
I know it sounds cliche to pick one of the top five starters to win the race, but the gap between first (Hamilton) to fifth (Verstappen) is as minimal as its been lately.
With Canada usually providing shocking results, this closeness should make tomorrow nothing short of amazing.