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Preview 2013 Canadian GP

This weekend sees the Formula 1 circus head to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for what is sure to be another memorable Canadian GP. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel leads the driver championship and Red Bull lead the constructors’ championship but have never won in Canada.

The 4.361km track almost always delivers spectacular races with the constant threat of rain always on everyone’s minds. With high-speed straights and low speed corners Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve’s layout is loved by drivers and fans alike. The first corner chicane is one to watch for a first lap crash and as always the wall of champions will most certainly claim a few more victims this weekend.

The Contenders:

Petronas Mercedes: With an imminent visit to a FIA tribunal hanging over the team that dominated the Monaco GP we are expecting a return to early season where the Silver Arrows qualify well and fall back in the race. Expect at least one if not both of the Mercedes cars on the front row come Sunday.

Red Bull Racing: Having never won,t here should be sufficient motivation for the Bulls to get a victory here and for Vettel the mistake in 2011 that caused Button to pass him on the last lap will still be fresh in his memory. Tyrewear will still be at the forefront of Red Bull’s challenge and anything less than a podium will be seen as a bad weekend for them.

Scuderia Ferrari: After a poor Monaco GP expect Ferrari ,led by Fernando Alonso ,to be back fighting for victory in Canada. Monaco saw Massa retire and Alonso drop position in a race for the first time in over two seasons. Both drivers will be out to win this race and with the Ferrari being extremely kind on its tyres we will not be surprised to see Alonso take victory on Sunday.

Lotus F1: The kindest on its tyres and extremely fast in a certain Finn’s hands, Lotus should again be challenging for a podium and win this weekend. Raikkonen lost ground in the championship fight to Vettel in Monaco after trying to close the door on Perez and he will be looking to get back on track as soon as possible. Grosjean is, as usual ,expected to have a mighty crash or get a podium.

Vodafone Mclaren: Mclaren have won the Canadian GP for the past 3 years but, realistically they will only be looking at victory again if the rain makes an appearance. Sergio Perez is competing with Grosjean for the title of ’most-disliked-driver ‘ in the paddock but we look forward to seeing him racing this weekend on a track where passing is much easier.

Canada has given us some great races in the past and we expect 2013’s installment to be no different.

Broadcast times:

Practice 1 Fri 21:00
Practice 2 Fri (Sat) 01:00
Practice 3 Sat 21:00
Qualifying Sat (Sun) 00:00
Race Sun (Mon) 01:00

Practice 1,2 , Qualifying and the Race will be shown live on Truvisions Channel 152.

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