Canadian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

On Sunday, the Canadian Grand Prix will take place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. This race which is the seventh of the 19 races scheduled for this year will begin at 2pm local time (7pm GMT). With Rosberg and Vettel trailing closely behind Hamilton now, the outcome of this race will be crucial in the drivers’ title race for this season. Let’s look at the some of the important details of this race.

Overview

The Canadian Grand Prix was first held in 1961 at the Mosport Park and in 1978, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve became its permanent home. This track has a length of 4.361 kilometers. It has 13 turns and two DRS zones. There’s an infamous part of this track is which called ‘The Wall of Champions.’ This is located near the start/finish straight and has earned its nicknamed because many world champions have crashed on it. Among the famous names who have fallen to this wall are Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.

This race has 70 laps and covers a total distance of 305.27 kilometers. Most teams employ a two stop strategy here. The track in Montreal has a low grip so Pirelli will once again use their soft and super-soft compounds in this event.

Drivers

Many of the drivers in the line-up on Sunday have already won this race. Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso of McLaren have both won this race before. But for obvious reasons, they’re not among the favorites to win it again this year. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari have also won this race in the past and they have a good chance to win it again this year. Vettel who now has 98 points after the race in Monaco is already considered as a legitimate title contender for this year. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull was the surprise winner of this event last year. Who knows, he might surprise everybody again this year.

For the Mercedes duo, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers here and has already won it three times (2007, 2010 and 2012). His teammate Nico Rosberg is yet to win this race, but he finished it in second place last year. Hamilton now has 126 points, but after the loss in Monaco his lead over Rosberg went down to just ten points.

Betting tips

Lewis Hamilton lost the Monaco GP weeks ago due to a very controversial error made by his team. Hopefully, this will not be repeated here in Montreal. For my betting tip here, I’ll go for the Brit once again. He’s a very competitive driver and if it weren’t for the ‘errors’ made by his team like the wrong choice of tyres in Malaysia and the controversial pit stop in Monaco, he should’ve won almost all the races so far this season. Ladbrokes has the best odds for him in this race at around 1.73. I think this is a great price if we consider his chances of winning here.