Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2014: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
The Formula One Canadian Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, where the Mercedes team will be looking to continue their stunning start to the season.
With Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton winning every grand prix between them so far, the pair are once again expected to be in contention for chequered-flag glory in Canada.
Here, we look ahead to Sunday’s race and assess what it’ll take for Mercedes to once again reap success in 2014.
Start Time and TV Schedule
|Canadian Grand Prix 2014|
|Date||Start Time||Sky TV Info||BBC TV Info|
|June 8||7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET||5:30 p.m. BST||6:20 p.m. BST (BBC ONE)|
|Current Formula One 2014 Standings|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||54|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||47|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||45|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India||20|
|14||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||4|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||4|
Mercedes Looking Good For Win No. 7
The prospect of a Mercedes driver becoming the Formula One champion is now becoming a near certainty, and there’ll be no signs of Hamilton or Rosberg easing off the gas at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The long and thin circuit takes in several high-speed straights with some rather fiddly corners—playing right into the team’s hands once again.
Though Hamilton has slipped below Rosberg in the F1 standings, he’ll be looking to draw from past experience on Montreal and find a way to victory.
The Englishman has won three times in six attempts in Canada, including 2012’s race, per BBC Sport, and will thrive on a track seemingly built for his expertise and equipment.
Last year’s champion, Sebastian Vettel, admitted that it will be a difficult task for his Red Bull team and any others to match the power of Hamilton and Mercedes this week—as reported by Sky Sports:
Historically we have struggled a little here - our approach in the past wasn't to be the fastest down the straights and this year I think we are still a little bit down in terms of power still. So it will be difficult to match the Mercedes powered cars down the straights, but there are also some corners here and we have been competitive here in the past—we were in a very, very good position in 2011 to win the race and we won last year.
We know that they [Mercedes] have a very, very strong package—a very strong package contains a strong car and a strong power unit and it is the two of them together. Obviously in terms of power units there are other cars that have the same. How it will all pan out is difficult to say. For us we just have to look after ourselves and do our best.
With a fascinating battle taking place at the top of the standings, it’s up to Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Co. to close the gap and make this year’s race for the title interesting.
Not that it isn’t interesting already, though, and the added spice of Rosberg and Hamilton’s rivalry will certainly make for a lively contest in Canada.
Especially given that the German recently revealed that being involved in such a two-horse race makes his friendship with Hamilton difficult—per Sky Sports:
We've always had periods where it was more difficult and then we have that base respect which goes back 15 years and that's the important one. As a result we always then discuss things and move on. That's how it's been this time too. But of course it's more difficult, that's clear. We're fighting every single race weekend, it's me against him and there's nobody else. So that definitely makes it more difficult and there's more at stake. There is the opportunity of winning the championship this year—that is the ultimate goal in racing—so there's a lot at stake.
With the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve setting up well for Mercedes and both racers in astonishing form, it’s likely that the pair will once again have to iron out a few friendship issues come the end of Sunday’s race.
Key Statistics (via The Times of India)
Mercedes’ six grand prix victories in a row was last accomplished by McLaren back in 1988—who went on to win 11 on the spin.
Rosberg’s win at the Monaco Grand Prix ended Hamilton’s four-race winning streak—no racer has ever recorded four victories in a row and not taken the title.
Along with Hamilton, Alonso, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel are the other previous winners of the Canadian Grand Prix on the grid.
The last time that Ferrari won in Montreal was way back in 2004, when Michael Schumacher came in first.
Rubens Barrichello holds the lap record on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, setting 1:13.622 in the same year as Schumacher’s triumph.