Lewis Hamilton was fortunate to leave Monaco with eight points for sixth place.
A troubled weekend saw him receive three separate penalties.
Can he bounce back at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, scene of his first F1 win and one of his strongest tracks?
McLaren have high hopes for this weekend’s race, claiming they were faster than the Red Bulls in the last two races.
But in Canada qualifying should prove less important than in Monaco or Spain. Overtaking is easier on the Montreal track and could be even more so this year as, for the first time, drivers will be able to use their Drag Reduction Systems twice per lap.
The DRS had a less significant role to play in Spain and Monaco – though we still saw two entertaining races.
In Canada drivers are expected to be allowed to use it on the main straight leading to the final chicane and on the pit straight.
It remains to be seen what kind of effect this will have on the racing: it could make overtaking too easy, handing a great advantage to a chasing car.
But keep in mind the teams tend to run special, low-downforce wings at Canada. As these produce less drag, the DRS may be less powerful to start with.
Last year tyres played a crucial role in the race and produced the most exciting Grand Prix of the season according to F1 Fanatic readers.
Pirelli’s tyres have already done much to create great racing this year, and motorsport director Paul Hembery predicted a “monumental” battle at Montreal.
The combination of slow corners and low-downforce set-ups have led Pirelli to bring the soft and super-soft tyres, as they did in Monaco.
This will be music to the ears of Ferrari, who struggled badly on the new hard tyres introduced in Spain. But Mercedes were plagued by problems with graining on the super-softs in Monaco.
Along with Singapore, Montreal is one of the toughest circuits for brakes. They take an especially heavy pounding in the opening laps of the race, when fuel loads are high.
Traffic is hard to escape around the short track. Early in the race, when the pack is close together, drivers struggle to cool their brakes while following in the hot slipstream of one or more other cars.
The low downforce level adds to the burden carried by the brakes. With higher downforce levels, cars lose more speed when the driver comes off the throttle. That effect is less pronounced at Canada where downforce levels are low.
With teams hesitant to run larger brake ducts that would compromise the airflow over their cars, Canada presents teams and drivers with difficult questions about the trade-off between brake life and car performance.
Who do you expect to win in Canada? Will it be six out of seven wins for Sebastian Vettel? Could McLaren come good on their promise to “take the fight” to the Red Bulls?
Check out the new driver form chart below and have your say in the comments.
2011 driver form
|Q avg||R avg||R best||R worst||Classified||Form guide|
|Sebastian Vettel||1.17||1.17||1||2||6/6||Form guide|
|Mark Webber||5||3.67||2||5||6/6||Form guide|
|Lewis Hamilton||3.83||3.83||1||8||6/6||Form guide|
|Jenson Button||3.83||4||2||6||6/6||Form guide|
|Fernando Alonso||4.67||4.5||2||7||6/6||Form guide|
|Felipe Massa||7.5||7.25||5||11||4/6||Form guide|
|Michael Schumacher||9.83||8.75||6||12||4/6||Form guide|
|Nico Rosberg||6.17||8||5||12||5/6||Form guide|
|Nick Heidfeld||14.67||8.33||3||12||6/6||Form guide|
|Vitaly Petrov||7.83||9.6||3||17||5/6||Form guide|
|Rubens Barrichello||14.67||13.5||9||17||4/6||Form guide|
|Pastor Maldonado||13.5||17||15||18||4/6||Form guide|
|Adrian Sutil||14.5||11.33||7||15||6/6||Form guide|
|Paul di Resta||13||11||10||12||5/6||Form guide|
|Kamui Kobayashi||13.5||8.4||5||10||5/6||Form guide|
|Sergio Perez||13.6||13.33||9||17||3/5||Form guide|
|Sebastien Buemi||12.33||11.33||8||14||6/6||Form guide|
|Jaime Alguersuari||13.5||14.25||11||16||4/6||Form guide|
|Heikki Kovalainen||17.83||16||14||19||4/6||Form guide|
|Jarno Trulli||19.17||16.2||13||19||5/6||Form guide|
|Narain Karthikeyan||22.8||20.5||17||23||4/5||Form guide|
|Vitantonio Liuzzi||22||20||16||22||3/5||Form guide|
|Timo Glock||20.83||18.67||16||21||3/6||Form guide|
|Jerome d’Ambrosio||22.17||17.8||14||20||5/6||Form guide|
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2011 Canadian Grand Prix
- Technical review: 2011 Canadian Grand Prix
- 2011 Canadian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for your Canadian GP driver of the weekend
- McLaren: Button makes amends for collision with stunning win
- Red Bull: Vettel finally cracks under pressure
- Ferrari: Alonso rues ‘bad luck’ after retiring
- Mercedes: Schumacher misses out on podium
- Sauber: Kobayashi slips from second to seventh
- Renault: Heidfeld crash leaves Petrov fifth
- Williams: Barrichello in points, Maldonado crashes
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