Before the season began, Lewis Hamilton probably didn’t envisage sitting 25 points off the pace after six rounds.
But that’s the situation he finds himself in, and he’s the outsider in a title duel with Sebastian Vettel.
The cards didn’t fall for Lewis in Monaco last weekend as he finished seventh while Vettel won, but the Briton can make amends next time out.
That’s because the Canadian Grand Prix is next, a venue which has brought plenty of joy and success to the three-time world champ.
Hamilton is a five-time winner from just nine events in Montreal, beginning with his very first Grand Prix victory in 2007.
It says everything about his talent and bond with the circuit that no other active driver has won the race more than once.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – named after the former Ferrari star – has always allowed the greatest to shine.
Its high-speed, street-circuit layout was seemingly made for Hamilton’s unique talent, and it’s the perfect place to regain championship momentum.
Ferrari will be buoyed by their first Monaco win in 16 years, and the fact that tyre suppliers Pirelli will again be bringing the ultra soft compound to Canada.
But the long straights should appeal to Mercedes’ horse-power edge – especially in qualifying – while neither Vettel nor team-mate Kimi Raikkonen can boast anything like the success in Montreal as Hamilton.
All of this explains why our traders have made the Mercedes star 6/5 favourite to win a sixth Canadian Grand Prix.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing