Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Looking back at the last five Canadian Grands Prix

Looking back at the last five Canadian Grands Prix

Lewis Hamilton's quest for a record-tying seventh Canadian Grand Prix victory will be tougher than he wanted.

The 2.709-mile (4.361-kilometer) circuit is as much a fan favorite as it is a driver favorite.

This reputation wasn't shifted last time out at the Monaco Grand Prix either. "Hopefully, we can turn things around and pick up more points".

As the leading customers of Mercedes and Ferrari, Force India and Haas will be taking the fight to Renault, who have been the ever-consistent presence in the top 10 this season. The pair finished P7 and P8 after starting next to each other in P16 and P17, respectively.

It was also the site of his first Formula 1 win in 2007 and he has dominated in each of the past three years, making him the modern day master of Montreal. While Nico Rosberg managed to hold onto to P2, Mercedes were afraid Hamilton's brake problem would show itself on Rosberg's vehicle.

Mercedes, closest rivals Ferrari and Red Bull have each won two races so far. Sirotkin has out-qualified Stroll at four of the six races this year (though, to Stroll's credit, the Russian has only beaten him once), whilst Leclerc has been a revelation in Formula 1. It will be tough to repeat his ninth place finish with the Williams team struggling to get the vehicle up to pace this season. Massa's P6 finish and Vettel's P5 finish highlighted an otherwise event-free race.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was 0.13 seconds slower, followed by Verstappen's Red Bull teammate and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo.

The 2016 race was a much more competitive race than the 2015 edition.

"I'm excited to try to build on the history I have here", said Hamilton, who leads the drivers championship by 14 points over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. While Hamilton won, the race pace of Ferrari made some believe that Mercedes weren't unbeatable. His son, the 1997 Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve, will drive his father's Ferrari from that race in the parade lap on Sunday. The safety vehicle was deployed six times, another record.

Stroll stepped up to Formula 1 with Williams a year ago to become the first Canadian on the grid since Jacques Villeneuve departed the scene mid-2006. Join the Beyond the Flag team!

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