After being missing from the F1 calendar for two long years, the Canadian Grand Prix is back for this year’s ninth round of racing! While the last few races have been some of the most exciting ones in this season till now, fans are eagerly anticipating some more action at the home Grand Prix of Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi today.
At yesterday’s Qualifying, we found some torrential rain wet the tracks in Montreal, thus creating a much more thrilling session for us. Even the most experienced of drivers–Sergio Perez skidded on the wet tracks and drove into the side walls, thereby summoning a Red Flag right away. The Qualis saw Max Verstappen be crowned the pole-sitter while Fernando Alonso took up an impressive P2 position at the end of Q3. But unfortunately, George Russell got bested by his teammate Lewis Hamilton who is set to start today’s race in the fourth place.
But the shoutout for yesterday must go to Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, both of whom made it to Q3 and got simply astounding results for their team. This is the first time that Mick will start his race within the top 10, and everyone’s hoping the young German adds some Championship points to his name today.
Moving forward, here are our predictions for the Canadian Grand Prix, keeping in mind the speed displayed by each team during the FP’s and in Quali, as well as their starting grid positions today.
1. Lewis Hamilton will outscore George Russell today for the first time since Bahrain Grand Prix
As surprising as it might sound to the fans of the seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, the Briton has not been having the best of his time in F1 till now. His newbie teammate George Russell, who is now in his debut year in Mercedes, has outscored him at all the Grands Prix except for the season opener in Bahrain.
Russell has the unique ability to take advantage of every fault that the two frontrunning teams–Red Bull and Ferrari–make. But today, Lewis is starting at P4, and it goes without saying that he will defend his position against Russell, who will start just behind him in P8, with all his might.
2. Max Verstappen will have another thunderous victory in the Canadian Grand Prix
As for taking dibs on who is about to win the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen is going to be the best bet because he has got noone in the top 5 who can match the pace of his Red Bull RB-18. His own teammate, who defeated him for the race win in Monaco and also got the pole position over him at last week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, is way behind him this time in P13.
And Max Verstappen’s closest rival from Ferrari–Charles Leclerc–will start the race from the back of the grid due to his grid penalty for changing his engines. So, it is a pretty certain fact that Max Verstappen will enjoy an easy win today in Montreal.
3. Fernando Alonso and the two Haas racers will deliver surprising results
Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso has not been having a great season in 2022 so far because of his lack of results with his Alpine racecar. But in Montreal, Alonso decided to show his critics why he deserves his fame and repute as one of the most skilled racers in F1 by swiftly soaring to the P2 position in the Qualis with a mid-field-level car.
In Q3, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton snatched the fourth spot and George Russell could do no better than P8 in the end, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher showed everyone what their cars are made of, by surpassing some mighty opponents to get P5 and P6 in the Montreal Quali.
If all goes well, then Alonso might get a podium finish this time while Mick Schumacher will score his first points for Haas in his entire F1 career. With these predictions in mind, we will get ready to watch the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, hoping that Sergio Perez improves on his position and Charles Leclerc moves up from his P20 start to at least score some points after his disappointing retirement in Azerbaijan last week.