F1’s owners must be wondering if the 2019 season can be saved ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal.
We are just six races into the new season and already the all-conquering Mercedes team is in dominant form once again. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are 55 and 37 points clear respectively of nearest challenger in the drivers’ standings – Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
The constructors’ table is even more shocking with the ‘Silver Arrows’ already 118 points ahead of the faltering Ferraris.
Monaco provided yet another success for the Mercs with Hamilton taking the spoils, and all the paper talk in the aftermath was of internal strife at Ferrari with Vettel reportedly considering retirement at the end of 2019 and young gun Charles Leclerc believed to be considering his future at Maranello.
Will Canada provide some hope for Ferrari or will it be more of the same? And will there be some interest at last for the long-suffering fans…
When is the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix?
The start times for the Canadian Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday June 7, 1000 local time (1500 BST)
Practice 2: Friday June 7, 1400 local time (1900 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday June 8, 1100 local time (1600 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday June 8, 1400 local time (1900 BST)
Race: Sunday June 9, 1410 local time (1910 BST)
Where does the Canadian Grand Prix take place?
The Ile Notre-Dame was the heart of Olympic action when Canada hosted the 1976 games, and it also hosted the 1967 World Fair.
Now it is famed for its grand prix circuit, renamed Gilles Villeneuve to commemorate Canada’s favourite racing driver who was tragically killed during practice for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.
It gives the impression of being a permanent circuit but it is constructed each year for the grand prix, adjacent to what was the Olympic Rowing basin and close to the site of the 1967 World Fair.
It is part-permanent and part street circuit, with a mixture of slow and fast corners plus some very quick barrier-lined straights.
The track is a big favourite with teams and drivers, even though it is traditionally hard on cars, especially if they end up in the ‘Wall of Champions’.
Directions: The circuit is easily reached from Montreal city centre. The underground metro line runs to the Ile St. Helen, just a 300-metre walk from the circuit. There are quick and easy links to the International Mirabel airport. And Montreal has plenty of restaurants and hotels. Montreal is in Quebec where the outlook and the language is predominantly French.
Sunday’s race will be run over 70 laps of the 4.361km track.
Where can I watch the Canadian Grand Prix on TV?
Canadian Grand Prix weekend – including qualifying and the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Highlights will be aired by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The Canadian Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
France: Canal +
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the Canadian Grand Prix?
Friday June 7: 22C, mostly sunny.
Saturday June 8: 22C, mostly sunny.
Sunday June 9: 23C, partly cloudy.
Which drivers have won the Canadian Grand Prix?
The great Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver at the Canadian Grand Prix with a staggering seven victories during his glittering career. Ferrari meanwhile – partly down to Schumi’s dominance – hold sway in the constructor’s roll of honour with 14 successes.
Lewis Hamilton has the chance to join Schumacher on seven Montreal victories in Sunday’s race – having notched up six so far.
2018 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2017 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2016 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2013 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2012 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2011 Jenson Button (McLaren)
2010 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2009 Not held
Track Lap Record: 1:13.622 by Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari, 2004)
What is the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix?
Sebastian Vettel breathed life into Ferrari’s miserable season with a blistering lap to take pole at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Saturday. The German pipped Lewis Hamilton for P1 while Max Verstappen had a miserable afternoon – being eliminated when Kevin Magnussen’s crash into the Wall of Champions saw Q2 red-flagged with the Belgian still down in P11. Grid positions are as follows:
1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
4 Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
5 Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
6 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
7 Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
8 Lando Norris (McLaren)
9 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
10 Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
11 Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
12 Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing)
13 Alex Albon (Toro Rosso)
14 Romain Grosjean (Haas)
15 Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
16 Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing)
17 Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
18 George Russell (Williams)
19 Robert Kubica (Williams)
20 Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
* Carlos Sainz penalised 3 places for impeding another driver during qualifying
** Kevin Magnussen to start from pit lane following Q2 crash
What are the odds for the Canadian Grand Prix?
Sebastian Vettel now heads the market for Sunday’s race, but only just from Lewis Hamilton. The leading odds from British firm Bet365 are as follows:
10/11 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
5/4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5/1 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
20/1 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
80/1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
(Prices correct at 2100 BST on Saturday June 8)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles heading into the Canadian Grand Prix are as follows:
Lewis Hamilton – 137 points
Valtteri Bottas – 120 points
Sebastian Vettel – 82 points
Max Verstappen – 78 points
Charles Leclerc – 57 points
Mercedes – 257 points
Ferrari – 139 points
Red Bull – 110 points
Tyre compounds for the Canadian Grand Prix
F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring their softest range of compounds to Montreal for the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix. C3 (supersoft), C4 (ultrasoft) and C5 (hypersoft) will be available to the teams this weekend.
What is F1’s new rule on bonus points?
F1 have made the decision to award a bonus point in every race of the 2019 season if certain criteria are met.
The bonus point will be awarded to the driver who completes the fastest lap in the race, as long as that driver also finishes in the top 10. The driver’s team will also score a bonus point in the constructor standings in that case.
This means there are up to 21 extra points available for the 2019 championship.