Canadian Grand Prix Preview

Published on 15 June 2023 at 20:00

Megan Taylor


It’s time for the Canadian Grand Prix. The Montreal circuit has proven to be the most popular of the 2023 season. Three hundred thirty-eight thousand fans attended last year, making it one of the most successful. So much so that tickets sold out last August!


Let’s look at the facts. The race comprises 70 laps, 14 corners, 2 DRS zones and 1-speed trap. Valtteri Bottas still holds the record from 2019, but will the upgraded cars take his spot?

The circuit does run close to the barriers and makes for a tricky race for all drivers. The famous ‘Wall of Champions’ is an iconic corner on the way to the chequered flag has caused some chaos over the years. The track has been modified many times over the years, curbs have been made higher and more barriers have been added.


Canada marks the home race for Lance Stroll, who was having a strong start to the 2023 season. Aston Martin blew everyone’s expectations out of the park this year, but with the upgrades from other teams his edge is slipping away. Stroll’s teammate Fernando Alonso has been taking this season by storm, and Lance wasn’t too far behind, but now he finds himself 8th in the standings. Hopefully, with his home support, he’ll make it to the points this Grand Prix.


In Barcelona, we saw the development of W14, which got the team of two Brits on the podium. Mercedes has overtaken Aston Martin to land second place, but Aston Martin is creeping behind. However, Mercedes seems confident that the improvement will only continue.

Both Mercedes and Ferrari have a good history with the Canadian Grand Prix. They have also made upgrades that paid off in Barcelona with Ferrari’s qualifying pace and Mercedes's podiums.


Lewis Hamilton does hold the record of the most wins in Canada, and with his new upgrade, could he find himself on the top step?


Red Bull’s dominance would lead us to believe we’re in for another Dutch or Mexican national anthem. However, is Red Bull's domination at risk with Sergio Perez slipping down the grid recently?

And who will have the best wall of Champions shot this year?


Tune into the race on Sunday from the famous Circuit Gilles- Villeneuve.

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