Canada Grand Prix F1 Preview

The Canadian Grand Prix is one of the top races to appear on the Formula 1 race schedule, with it having been a regular fixture on the annual calendar.

This means motorsport fans in Canada get their opportunity to watch some of the world’s best drivers compete once a year when the race takes place, whilst those in Ontario will have been afforded with an entirely new experience following recent changes to the way that they can gamble.

Whilst we will look to delve into that aspect in a little more detail later on in this article, let’s take a look at the actual race itself and give you everything that you ought to know before this year’s main event takes place.

Everything that you need to know about the 2022 Canada Grand Prix

For F1 fans that follow the sport avidly, they may have already realized that there are a couple of different races still to take place before this one actually takes place. At the time of writing, we still have the iconic Monaco GP, and the Azerbaijan GP to take place as we had only just seen Max Verstappen win a challenging Spanish GP for Red Bull Racing in a great spectacle of entertainment.

Nonetheless, we know how many people continue to look forward to this particular event and date on the F1 calendar, therefore we thought we would give you an advanced preview about what to expect and everything to know beforehand!

When is the race and where will it take place?

Naturally, one of the first things that you need to know about the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix is when it will actually take place and where it will be held.

The race is scheduled to be held between June 17 and June 19, with the actual race being held on June 19. The following race breakdown will be followed:

  • Practice 1 – June 17
  • Practice 2 – June 17
  • Practice 3 – June 18
  • Qualifying – June 18
  • Race – June 19

The race will take place at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve which is located in Montreal and will see racers compete over 70 laps. The racetrack is a length of 4.361kms, with a couple of long straights potentially allowing for drivers to try and overtake if they are within distance of each other.

Indeed, the Canadian Grand Prix is one of the biggest highlights, and with 70 laps set to take place, it is no surprise that so many are already looking forward to it.

Who are the favorites to win?

Of course, with the Monaco and Azerbaijan Grand Prixs still yet to be held, it can be a little early to try and predict who might be the favorite to win the Canadian Grand Prix next month. Nonetheless, you can guarantee that there will be many that will still be having thoughts about who they might be selecting.

As mentioned above, there have been changes to the way Canadians in Ontario can bet these days following amendments to the laws that were previously in place. Indeed, sports betting for Ontario bettors has completely been revolutionized recently, and this will likely encourage more and more punters in the most populous province to place a wager when the world’s best come racing through Montreal.

Those that wish to bet may be thinking of names including Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, as well as potentially others, although it would have to be considered likely that one of the three aforementioned drivers will likely be involved in the race for the win.

However, each of them has experienced issues with their cars this season, especially when things were looking rather positive in their own ways. Nonetheless, this has simply enhanced the viewing experiences and the drama that we motorsport fans love to witness unfold on the track, as it makes the sport all the more exciting!

What has happened at previous Canadian Grand Prix?

If you wanted to delve into the history archives regarding this particular F1 Grand Prix, then you would need to go back to 2019 as there were not any races in 2020 or 2021 because of the pandemic.

Looking back at the 2019 edition could potentially give fans an insight into who might be considered the favorite to win, although it could also be argued that a lot has since changed since that event almost three years ago.

Hamilton managed to win the race with a time of 1:29:07.084 after starting on the grid in second, as he defeated Sebastien Vettel – then of Ferrari – by +3.658. However, those that remember watching the race will know that the German had actually finished the race first.

Instead, Vettel was penalized in the 57th lap of the race and was subsequently handed a 5-second penalty after he was found guilty of re-joining the track in an unsafe manner which had forced Hamilton off the track in the process; an incident that had happened in the 48th lap.

Vettel and Ferrari were far from happy with the ruling and lodged an appeal, however the ruling was upheld. It is an incident that some continue to describe as being rather controversial, even to this day.

Interestingly, Leclerc had finished third in the 2019 GP whereas Verstappen finished fifth. It is likely – barring any more mechanical issues to be experienced with their cars – that they will finish higher on the leaderboard at the end of the race this time around.

However, as highlighted, there is still a lot of time before this race so plenty more can happen between now and June 19.

Final Thoughts

Whilst there are still two Grand Prixs still to take place between now and June 19, there is no denying that the excitement around Montreal and the rest of Canada is at an all-time high currently, especially as we have had to wait three years to be able to watch live F1 action take place within the country.

What do you think will happen when the race takes place?