Canadian Grand Prix Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 10th June 2018

Canadian Grand Prix Track Guide

As we edge into summer, the Formula 1 season is heating up. While last year’s title race gave way to Mercedes dominating yet again, we have three top sides in the mix this year. Red Bull and Ferrari are impressing in their chase of the Silver Arrows. Will that continue when this weekend’s action gets underway in Canada?

Following Daniel Ricciardo’s dogged win in Monaco, he’s now into third place in the standings, with 72 points after his second win of the season. After six races, three drivers have two wins apiece, which sees the title race being one of the most open for years. However, consistency has put Lewis Hamilton 14 points clear at the top, and we see him adding to that when he returns to one of his favoured circuits this weekend.

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Lewis Hamilton to win @ 6/4

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Race Info

The Canadian Grand Prix moved to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve back in 1978, and it’s been held every year since 2010. It has only missed out on two seasons since moving to its new home, and they are into a 10 year deal to hold the race through to 2024, so there’s a bright future ahead for the Canadian Grand Prix. This year, it marks the end of the first third of the current F1 campaign.

RoundCountryCircuitRace Distance
7/21 Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 305km / 70 Laps


 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Fri 8th June 15:00 16:30 Dry / 20° -
Practice 2 Fri 8th June 19:00 20:30 Dry / 18° -
Practice 3 Sat 9th June 16:00 17:30 Dry / 19° -
Qualifying Sat 9th June 19:00 20:00 Dry / 17° Sky F1
Race Sun 24th June 19:10 21:10 Dry / 18° Sky F1

Previous Race Results (2017)

Mercedes may be having a tougher time of things this year, but they’ll be glad to return to Canada. They took first and second place here in 2017, with Lewis Hamilton in inspired form. He topped qualifying, recorded the fastest lap and led from start to finish in the main race as he picked up 25 points. Valtteri Bottas joined him, as Mercedes bounced back from a difficult weekend at Monaco. Will history repeat itself here?

They were followed by Daniel Riccardo, who will be aiming to follow up his strong showing in Monaco with another solid result here. Sergio Perez managed to get into the top five, as he followed Sebastian Vettel home.

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3 18
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 6 15
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2 12
5 Sergio Perez Force India 8 10
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 9 8
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 4 6
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 10 4
9 Lance Stroll Williams 17 2
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 14 1

Race News: Record Breaking Open Season

We mentioned how open this season has been, and the two victories for each of the top three drivers hadn’t happened in the first six races for 30 years. That impressive milestone shows that this year is set to be one of the most exciting for a good while. The fallout from the Monaco GP remains, however, as many of the top stars have called for the prestigious race to undergo some changes. Unsurprisingly, those came from drivers who struggled in the principality.

Lewis Hamilton has called on the F1 authorities to make changes, while that seems like yet another deflecting tactic from Mercedes. They’ve pulled out all the stops this season to avoid looking like they’ve slipped up. However, both Ferrari and Red Bull have quickly caught up, and that’s got to be a concern. Will the Silver Arrows put things right this weekend?

Analysis: Key Battle in Ontario

After a balanced opening six Grands Prix, this race has suddenly become key for all three teams. We’re expecting a tight race between them this weekend, with Mercedes likely to pick up following their struggles in Monaco. This circuit is better suited to the talents of Hamilton and the strengths of their car, as opposed to Monaco where we witnessed Red Bull thrive.

We’re going to see a different Mercedes this year, one buoyed by their efforts in last year’s race. However, it’s not just 2017 which should boost their confidence. Hamilton boasts an impressive record here, as a six time winner. Pull off another impressive drive around the Ontario circuit and he can match Michael Schumacher’s record for victories at this Grand Prix.

Hamilton Will set Early Standards

It wasn’t just his drive around this circuit last year which impressed, but the manner in which he qualified. Hamilton got his confidence back with a strong showing as he took pole, and then he used that to dominate the entire weekend. A similar tactic here is likely, and he could use another big weekend like that to set him up in the month before the summer break.

Final Verdict: Hamilton To Win

After three straight victories at this Grand Prix, we can’t look past Hamilton this weekend. However, he’s also qualified in pole three years running, so that’s another potential way to go in this race. Not only can you back Hamilton at 6/4 to take maximum points, he’s available at 13/8 to be the fastest qualifier. On top of that, you can get 5/2 on the driver to repeat Hamilton’s hat-trick of winner, pole and fastest lap from last season, and we think he could do it again.

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