Mercedes have enjoyed a record-breaking start to the Formula 1 2019 season, but could the Canadian GP be the race that plays into Ferrari’s hands?
Ferrari have yet to win this season but Mercedes believe the high-speed Circuit de Villeneuve favours their rivals, with its straights expected to suit the Scuderia’s dominant engine.
Sebastian Vettel secured pole and victory here last year, and has not completed that double since. Can he break a win drought that has lasted since August, or might Lewis Hamilton, a six-time winner in Montreal, triumph?
Valtteri Bottas, now 17 points behind Hamilton in the standings, also knows how important this race is.
Add an improving Red Bull to the mix and the Canadian GP, which has served up many crackers, is a must-watch this weekend, with F1 heading to North America and evening UK start times for the first time this year.
And don’t forget, 2009 world champion and 2011 Canada winner Jenson Button will be part of Sky F1 team’s team of experts.
Who’s topping the championships?
Hamilton is starting to pull away from Bottas after back-to-back victories, while Mercedes have built a huge lead in the constructors’ standings.