Quite a season we had so far, A season full of surprises with 6 different winners to boost the show, There has been a several topics on and off as to whether this unpredictability in F1 is good or bad, The debate has different opinions and to us all of them are very personal, Not long ago, MotoGP and other class of motorsports were tipped for there surprising packages and F1 was considered to be a boring section of the league. Now with so much of uncertainty that exists among fans and even the Teams, There is no case of boredom in F1
"This year, with the 30th anniversary of the death of Gilles Villeneuve, it will be a very important weekend in Montreal "- Felipe Massa
“The long straights demand good top end power but the heavy braking zones of the hairpin and chicane need effective engine braking and good pick up on the exit, so it’s rightly called an ‘engine breaker’ because the engine doesn’t get any respite at all.” - Remi Taffin, Head of Renault Sport F1 track operations
“It’s quite an unusual circuit being a mix between a permanent track and a street circuit” - Nico Hulkenberg
The stage is set for this unusual track, As many people in the paddock say, The actual start to the Montreal GP is when someone parks the car in Wall of Champions or a torrential downpour that will add to more drama to the weekend.
"It’s also a place where you never know what might happen. We’ve had a lot of rain in the past and also the ‘Wall of Champions’ often plays its part in determining the race outcome, or the build-up to it". - Timo Glock
Quite obvious workload will be on the brakes, This is the circuit that needs a low downforce trim, All the Teams will be bringing a special rear wing package optimised for this configuration.
"Brake wear is largely a function of brake temperature, and so a lot of work must be done (using tools such as CFD, the wind tunnel and a brake dynamometer rig) to ensure adequate aerodynamic cooling of the disks and pads.” - James Allison, Lotus Technical Director
The most obvious contenders for this race are actually many, Mercedes with their double DRS would be hoping that they still have that huge advantage in the straights and this will ensure their obvious contention for the weekend, Schumacher has to be guaranteed a trouble free weekend and out of the many contenders, We would pick Mercedes provided they can ensure Schumacher doesn’t have any niggles with the car and also the tyre degradation wouldn’t affect their strategy
Lotus after having a disastorus weekend in Monaco would be hoping for a better start One has to really wonder how long the steering issues will prevail for their stalwart Kimi Raikkonen. Romain Grosjean will be setting a priority of seeing the flag on Sunday, He has 3 retirements in 6 races and his race finish classifications are 6th at China, 3rd at Bahrain and 4th at Barcelona. It would be very interesting to see how he treats this weekend and for sure he is vary of the wall of champions
"It’s also a track which can bite you, and we’ve seen that over the years with the champions’ wall. Even though I’m not a Formula One champion, I’ll be giving that part of the track some respect!" - Romain Grosjean
Compared to previous seasons, Red Bull doesn’t seem to be bothered with the low downforce trim circuits, Both the drivers will be itchy to prove a point. Mark Webber who at last seems to have admitted to the fact that he was at odd as compared to his teammate, would be hoping to continue a strong momentum that he has this season, With the same points as his teammate, Mark Webber’s quest of a championship would be a trump card for the Team. Vettel will be itchy for a win here, With Webber’s surge in form, Vettel would be looking to edge out his experienced teammate.
Lewis Hamilton thinks that his team is better suited for this type of track while Jenson Button is hoping for a better qualifying that will aid his chances for the weekend, But we have to ask him, Is Qualifying really important man? Having been classified last through the halfway stage of the race last year, Button made his way through the field to claim the top step of the poidum and with a better car this year, We guess it’s down to strategy
The much talked Perez will have to be close to Top 5 this weekend to do any justice to the reputation he has grown of late, Bar the second place at Sepang, Nothing seems to pan out for him, With three 11th place finishes in the recent races and a retirement at Spain has put him on the backfoot and yet again it is Kobayashi who is the Team’s main man, But yet again, Inconsistenty to the Team’s form doesn’t do any justice to the drivers and Sauber would be hoping for a turn of luck this weekend
With both the drivers in point place finishes for the second time this season, Force India is hoping for that one odd race to lift their position in the standings. A one odd race where either of Force India’s on any step of podium will lift this team’s morale significatnly and they have shown in the past that it takes a couple of races for them to show an inspired performance for the rest of the season. Montreal with its low downforce trim will be one of the races where the Team would be hoping that odd high weekend. With the team having a low affair start then what has been really predicted of them would be happy to be in Top 8.
Meanwhile at the back, Caterham with the added KERS assult in their armoury would be looking to take it down to the Toro Rosso Team who have relatively a dip in form while HRT have admitted that lack of KERS will put them on the backfoot.
With the chances of rain being ruled out for this weekend, It will be down to tyre strategies and all about conserving tyres. The Team with better strategy and better luck would emerge as winner. That has been the story all through the season but certainly this will be one of the most amazing races of the season!
"A trip to Montreal is always worth it" - Michael Schumacher