Mercedes remain the team to beat as the F1 travelling circus heads for Montreal, but Red Bull could spring an upset as the former champions continue their resurgence.
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Has Hamilton clawed his way back into the title fight?
Monaco was a great example of why Formula One drivers should never rest on their laurels. As quickly as Max Verstappen went from hero to zero, Nico Rosberg saw his championship lead slashed to just 24 points.
A fourth straight Monaco win for Rosberg would have left Hamilton scratching his head and wondering what he has to do to end a seven-month losing streak. To borrow a popular football cliché; Monaco was definitely a six-pointer.
After a disappointing seventh-place finish the pressure is now back on Rosberg, and with Hamilton a four-time winner of this race, he’ll arrive here as favourite to add to that tally this weekend.
Do Red Bull have the pace to challenge for the win again?
After Red Bull’s return to form in the past two races, Mercedes will be looking over their shoulder a little more than usual this weekend.
Montreal represents a different challenge altogether, and the circuit promotes overtaking with its mix of tight corners and long straights.
Sectors one and two will suit Red Bull and their chassis will perform well in the slow and medium speed corners, but sector three is where it gets interesting.
The long back straight, where speeds reach upwards of 190mph, is normally where Mercedes are most difficult to match, but with both Red Bulls now running Renault’s upgraded power unit, they must be taken seriously as contenders this weekend.
Can Williams score their first podium of the season?
Williams should be closer to the front this weekend as they look to bounce back from a disappointing Monaco Grand Prix.
Rob Smedley admitted that the Williams team were prepared for a tough weekend in Monaco, but the Montreal circuit should suit their car much better and a podium finish will surely be their aim this weekend.
A solid but unspectacular start to the season has seen Williams slip to fourth in the constructors’ championship, but they are one of only two teams to have scored points in every race so far.
Last year, Williams maximised their car’s potential with podiums in Canada, Austria, Italy and Mexico – four of the quickest circuits on the calendar – and this weekend looks to be the team’s best chance of a podium so far this season.
Is Ferrari’s season about to go from bad to worse?
Ferrari have spent two tokens upgrading their turbo for this weekend as they attempt to bounce back from another disappointing performance in Monaco.
Yet to win this season, Ferrari have fallen further behind in recent races after Red Bull’s resurgence and their season could go from bad to worse this weekend.
With Ferrari’s Italian-Canadian CEO Sergio Marchionne likely to be in attendance, a poor showing here could signal a raft of changes with sections of the Italian media already labelling Ferrari’s current form as “a crisis”.
Will anyone spring a surprise result this weekend?
With six Grands Prix over the next eight weeks, many of the drivers are about to commence a make-or-break phase as they seek a new contract for next season.
By the time the summer break arrives, many of these drivers will be running out of opportunities to earn that new contract, and Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are just a few of the big names in the final years at their respective teams.
Montreal often delivers a surprise result or two, and there are certainly one or two drivers in the midfield who badly need a big points haul this weekend.