After a two week break, Formula 1 heads to Montreal and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which hosts the universally popular Canadian Grand Prix. The proximity of the barriers, the threat of rain and an electric atmosphere contributes to make the race one of the fan favourites, as well as one where an upset can occur. But in 2013 the race may well be overshadowed by the news that Mercedes face an FIA international tribunal following their controversial tyre test with Pirelli last month.
Sebastian Vettel arrives in North America with a comfortable lead in the championship but Red Bull has yet to win a race in Montreal. The characteristics of the circuit has never played to the team’s strengths, although Vettel came close to winning in 2011. Mercedes arrive as the form team, after Nico Rosberg’s dominant performance in Monaco. Will they be able to secure a fifth successive pole position? Rosberg may well face a greater challenge from Lewis Hamilton, who has won three times in Montreal. But with the Brit admitting struggles with his brakes, will Rosberg continue to stamp his authority at a circuit notorious for braking prowess?
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