Nico Rosberg looking to maintain that winning feeling
After a brief sojourn into Europe, the Formula One teams head across the Atlantic for the annual trek to the Canadian Grand Prix.
It’s one of the most popular venues on the calendar, and could be a particularly happy circuit for Nico Rosberg, who seeks to follow up his Monaco win with another here.
Long straights and tight, slow corners are the feature around the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit and the Mercedes has plenty of grunt in it’s V8 engine.
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton could provide Rosberg’s biggest challenge, with the 2008 champion often in a class of his own on the Canadian street venue.
Hamilton already has three Canadian Grand Prix victories to his name, having won his first Grand Prix in Canada in 2007, with further successes in 2010 and 2012.
Red Bull have never won in Canada, largely thanks to the circuits characteristic’s denying the team the chance to maximise their aerodynamic advantages in recent years, and hindering their Renault engines comparative lack of power.
Sebastian Vettel lead until the final lap in 2011, before being pressured into a spin by eventual winner Jenson Button halfway around the last tour.
The German leads the 2013 championship by a comfortable 21 points however and has yet to finish lower than fourth this season, claiming two victories along the way.
Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber has just one Canadian podium finish to his name. The Aussie has struggled to make the most of this year’s Pirelli tyres and whilst likely to be a front-runner, would be a somewhat surprising victory.
The similarly Renault-powered Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen will surely be a contender to win for a second time in the North American country, after his victory in 2005 for McLaren.
The Finn could feature strongly in the race if tyre wear becomes an issue in Canada, something which has occurred frequently in the past on the street track.
Fernando Alonso had the quietest race of his season so far in Monaco, limbering home in seventh place.
The Spaniard dominated the Canadian Grand Prix in 2006 however, and Ferrari should be in the mix at a circuit that rewards traction and top-end power.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing