Canada takes centre stage for latest Formula 1 Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo returns to Canada for the Formula 1 and will be hoping to repeat his heroics from last year, when he won. The Australian says he has fond memories of the circuit and is 150/1 with Coral to win again.
“Winning (last year) has made me love (the circuit) a little bit more, but really I’ve loved it since my first lap, back when I was driving for Toro Rosso. I remember coming back into the pits and saying ‘what a circuit,’ I was amazed at how good it was – and I’d only done an install,” Ricciardo said.
“It’s just a ridiculous amount of fun. You can jump across the kerbs and really get the car bouncing around. It’s like getting back to go-kart days, you really feel like you own it – and I love that. You can get aggressive with it, and aim to just brush the wall.
“There’s a lot of risk but that brings a lot of adrenaline with it. It’d be wonderful if you were doing it in isolation but with 100,000 screaming fans urging you on, it’s just mega. How do you judge the risk versus reward between the walls?”
Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, still leads the Championship with 126 points, 10 ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. However, after finishing third last time out in Monaco, he is just looking to put that behind him, and is odds-on at 8/13 to get back to winning ways.
“I think everything that needs to be said about Monaco has already been said. Obviously, it was a huge disappointment for me and also for the team. But we’ll learn from it and move forwards together like we always do,” said Hamilton.
“I just want to get back out there and bounce back – and I could hardly ask for a better place to do that than Montreal.
“This is always one of my favourite weekends. The racing is fantastic, the city is a lot of fun and the crowds are really enthusiastic,” the Brit continued.
“I haven’t always had the best of luck in Canada – but I’ve never finished off the podium there either and it’s given me some great memories, including my first win. I know I’ve got the car underneath me and the team behind me to do it again, so I’m aiming for nothing less.”
Rosberg, though, won in Monaco with compatriot and Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel earning a second-placed finish. Although the former is 7/4 to earn a consecutive win, the latter is decent value at 11/4 to be involved in a double-podium finish with fellow Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who is 9/4 for a podium finish himself.