MONTREAL performs host to the subsequent Grand Prix of the 12 months and title protagonists Verstappen and Leclerc will likely be out to interrupt a sure document.
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Crimson Bull head into Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix hoping to win in Montreal for the primary time since 2019, however title protagonists Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc may break a peculiar document with a pole place. Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has claimed victory in 4 of the previous 5 editions of the race, with no Canadian GP held in 2020 or 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It isn’t simply the win Verstappen and Sergio Perez will likely be involved with, nevertheless, as they appear to enhance their standings positions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. F1 titleholder Verstappen at present leads second-place Perez, whereas Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is 34 factors off the tempo in third.
Because it occurs, any amongst that trio could be breaking with latest custom in the event that they handle to seize pole in Canada. That is as a result of Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg are the one drivers to take action in Montreal since 2007.
Vettel was nonetheless at Ferrari when he grabbed back-to-back poles in 2018 and 2019, just a few years after he received three straight between 2011 and 2013. Hamilton made it three in a row himself (2015-17) and has claimed six Canadian poles in his profession, whereas former Mercedes colleague Rosberg completed quickest in 2014.
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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez lead the standings (Picture: Getty)
Barring essentially the most surprising of comebacks, retired Rosberg will not be again in time to stop extending the present streak. Neither will Hamilton nor Vettel, both, if their respective kind with Mercedes and Aston Martin thus far this 12 months is something to go by.
Leclerc has underlined the short-term potential of Ferrari’s F1-75 by snapping up pole at every of the previous 4 race weekends (six from eight races thus far this season). Changing that promise into factors has proved problematic of late, nevertheless, with the Monegasque failing to complete two of the final three races.
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Hamilton has taken six of Montreal’s previous 12 poles (Picture: Getty)
Crew-mate Carlos Sainz additionally retired from Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in what was a nightmare outing for Ferrari. With the F1 lead slipping additional out of grasp, the Scuderia crew are underneath stress to take pleasure in a clean begin in Montreal.
The mould is there to be damaged for the likes of Verstappen, Perez and Leclerc. Nonetheless, alternative has additionally introduced itself for an outsider to choose up pole, comparable to McLaren’s Lando Norris, who recorded the quickest lap ultimately month’s Monaco Grand Prix.