Lewis Hamilton may have made a show of bringing his beloved bulldog down to the paddock in previous races but Fernando Alonso will be out to demonstrate that the Brit’s bark is worse than his bite in Canada.
The Stevenage-born racer has enjoyed his visits to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve over the years, taking the chequered flag on three separate occasions.
But Hamilton has enjoyed an indifferent season thus far with the move from McClaren to Mercedes yet to translate into sustained race success.
A fourth-place finish in Monaco further demonstrated the 2008 World Champion’s poor decision making skills with a badly timed pit visit costing him a podium place.
The Brit has a habit of making rash calls and while he may have enjoyed success three times in Montréal he has also crashed out twice at the circuit.
This unpredictable form could pave the way for Ferrari and Fernando Alonso to swoop to victory.
At present, the Spaniard is available at 10/3 to win the race and after taking top spot with Renault (F1) in the 2006 edition of race, could be a sound bet under team Ferrari.
Over the years, the Italian racing institution has built a fine record in Canada, with the constructors winning 11 times and could be worth a look at 9/4 to be the highest scoring team.
Much could depend on the performance of the ever-unpredictable Felipe Massa.
The Brazilian finished seventh in Monaco – two places behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber – and he will need to match his best ever finish of fifth in Canada if the Ferrari bet is to be realised.
Those seeking a banker from the racing action may wish to consider the evergreen Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn has finished among the points in each of his last 23 races and can equal Michael Schumacher’s record with a top-10 finish here.
Available at 1/6 to achieve the feat and 2/7 to get in the top six, this is one tip that could rev up your profits.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.