MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: 2016 Canadian GP

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The Canadian Grand Prix has established itself as one of Formula 1’s most popular races over the years for both fans and members of the paddock alike.

Lewis Hamilton is a particular fan of the event, having won at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve four times during his F1 career.

The Briton arrives in Montreal hopeful of adding a fifth on Sunday and continuing from where he left off last time out in Monaco as he claimed his first win of the 2016 season.

The result not only ended a poor run of form, but it also almost halved the championship lead Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg had forged in the opening five races of the season.

However, with Rosberg up for a fight and the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen on the rise, Hamilton is unlikely to have it all his own way this weekend.

Here are our predictions for the weekend ahead. Let us know in the comments section how you see the Canadian Grand Prix playing out.

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is arguably where we see Lewis Hamilton at his very best. His wet-dry masterclass in Monaco was a joy to behold, and with rain on the horizon in Montreal, he could excel in the conditions once again. I can’t look past him after such a big breakthrough last time out. The momentum has swung in the title race.

Surprise Finish: Romain Grosjean. Grosjean usually goes well in Canada, having finished second here back in 2012 with Lotus. Such a lofty result may be out of the question with Haas this weekend, but a return to the points will be the aim.

Most to Prove: Max Verstappen. Following his victory in Spain, Verstappen came back down to earth with a bump last time out in Monaco. The Dutchman crashed three times across the course of the weekend, putting an end to what looked set to be a productive weekend. Now armed with the upgraded Renault power unit, he’s got a point to prove in Canada.

Additional Storyline: Groundhogs. F1’s furry friends often make an appearance in Montreal. Let’s see if the drivers can avoid them on-track this weekend.

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. Perhaps lucky to win in Monaco – OK, very lucky – Hamilton should be able to win on outright form at a track where he has four past victories. Keeps the momentum going.

Surprise Finish: Valtteri Bottas. Given how underwhelming the Finn has been in comparison to his teammate and on the whole this year at Williams, is due a podium or top-four result.

Most to Prove: Daniel Ricciardo. How, you ask, does the guy who probably could have won each of the last two GPs had it not been for strategy screw-ups by his team have the most to prove? Ricciardo famously got his first GP win in Canada a couple years ago and this could be a weekend for him to do it on outright pace since the Red Bull is there, in a more straightforward fight compared to the weather affected at Monaco. He’ll want to prove the team has done him wrong the last two races and get on top of his own.

Additional Storyline: Whither Ferrari? At a track where straight line speed is king, does Ferrari have it what it takes to match the Mercs and Red Bulls or will they fall further behind?

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes