The Canadian Grand Prix celebrates its 50th anniversary on the Formula 1 calendar this year. The racing world turns its eyes to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend (June 11th) for the seventh Grand Prix of the season.
The circuit is known for its high speeds, narrow walls, and high curbs. And then there’s the infamous final corner, which has ended the hopes of many race favorites in the past.
Let’s take a look at the favorites and some props you may be interested in.
Odds to win the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix:
Lewis Hamilton: 3/2
Sebastian Vettel: 7/4
Valtteri Bottas: 7/1
Kimi Raikkonen: 17/1
Max Verstappen: 35/1
Daniel Ricciardo: 35/1
As expected, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are pulling away from the rest of the competition. Vettel leads overall with 129 points, a cushy 25 points clear of his rival. He’s claimed three Grands Prix so far and has finished in the top two in all of them.
Hamilton hasn’t been as consistent. He’s picked up two Grands Prix but has also had some disappointing results which have cost him dearly. Still, he’s the back-to-back champion at the Canadian race and has won the event a whopping five times, second only to Michael Schumacher. So despite his unpredictable form, Hamilton is the favorite over Vettel for this one.
Finnish drivers Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen have done their best to prevent the season from becoming a duopoly. Both have started in pole position this year, and Bottas picked up a Grand Prix win in Russia. If someone is going to cause an upset, it’ll probably be one of them.
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are yet to make their mark this season, but the pair have three third-place finishes between them. They’ll start in Montreal with some pretty long odds.
Odds a Canadian finishes in the top ten: 30/1
To rephrase the prop: Will Lance Stroll finish among the top ten?
Canada only has one horse in the race, and it’s not a particularly quick one. Stroll’s best Grand Prix this year was in Russia where he finished 11th. He also finished in the top 20 in Spain (16th) and Monaco (15th), but was also forced to retire at three Grands Prix.
His teammate at Williams Martini Racing, Felipe Massa, has outperformed him at every event so far. So it’s unlikely the attention will be directed at him.
Stroll is only 18 years old, so there’s a lot of time for improvement. But in the meantime, he’ll have to work a little harder if he wants to keep up with the big boys.
Odds the “Wall of Champions” is responsible for a race-ending crash: 2/1
This is one “Wall of Champions” no champ wants anything to do with. The final corner of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has ironically adopted the moniker due to its knack for ending the races of Championship winners.
Former champs Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel have all come face-to-face with the concrete barriers in the past. We’ll see if anyone falls victim to it this weekend.