Hot on the heels of Monaco’s great race comes the GP that unusually provides action on a regular basis. Here’s 5 of our best, things to look forward to that is.
What we’re looking forward to.
- The track itself. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve always seems to produce the better races of the season most years. Unlike most modern track, the walls are not 200 metres from the edge of the track, which means the smallest mistakes are punished, more like Monaco. A long back straight into a chicane which bites more than it probably should. A hairpin that actually encourages overtaking, plus a first corner that opens up the possibility for all kind of first lap mayhem. And it usually does.-
- Finding out if Red Bull is the real deal and a potential season long challenger to the Mercedes. Have they even become the outright second fastest team? Or was Spain and Monaco just the perfect set of circumstances? Not the perfect set of tyres awaiting a pit stop. Australians hope it is genuine title challenging pace. We will see at a track that hasn’t been kind to a Red Bull Renault in the past.
- The fallout from the all Sauber crash at Monaco. Blame being shifted one way and then back the other. Claims of retaliation from a similar incident of ignoring radio coverage. Pity it will be from places 14th and below.
- Talking of Monaco crashes, after a Monaco race that could be described as not one of his finest, Kimi Raikkonen will come under increased scrutiny over the next few races as the silly season commences. The jostling will begin for the second seat in a towards the front running car and any number of drivers will be looking for an upgrade or a change in scenery. He has had one win there though, over a decade ago.
- Hopefully another entrant into the Wall of Champions.
What we’re not looking forward to.
- Which celebrity will Lewis Hamilton hang out with on the way to the podium? Bieber was bad enough, as were the photos and “news stories” about the two hanging out in the days afterwards. Could it be Kanye West? Usher? Randy Bachman from BTO? Who knows. One could argue who cares. But prepare for it, he has won there four times in the last eight races.
Friday – 20 Max – Cloudy
Saturday – 22 Max – Cloudy
Sunday – 16 Max – Cloudy
Best Bets – courtesy of Sportsbet
Lewis Hamilton – “Hat Trick ” (Pole, Win, Fastest Lap) @ $4.80
Double Points Finish? Williams No – @ $2.10
Driver to be Classified? Kevin Magnussen – No – $4.00
First Lap Wonders – retirements before 1 lap completed – Three + @ $10.80
Safety Car? Yes @ $1.39
First Car to Retire – Renault @ $8.10