Canadian Grand Prix 2014: B/R Experts Predict Pole, Race Winner and More

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterJune 7, 2014

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 06:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP walk across the paddock during practice ahead of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 6, 2014 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images)
Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images

As the Formula One season heads to North America for the first time this season, our Bleacher Report F1 experts have done their best to predict the key results from the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix.

Mercedes have recorded five consecutive 1-2 finishes and won every race of the season so far. Will it be a procession in Montreal or will Canada throw up another classic Grand Prix?

Joining us is Bob Margolis, who covers NASCAR in the U.S. for Bleacher Report. He'll be pitting his wits against our F1 team, and you can as well.

Here are our best guesses:

Mark Patterson: Nico Rosberg was in his element in Monaco, but Canada is Lewis Hamilton's patch. It was the scene of his first Grand Prix win, and it will provide his next. Behind the pair it's time we saw Sebastian Vettel reclaim control by beating Daniel Ricciardo.

Oliver Harden: The high-speed nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve could see Mercedes enjoy their most dominant weekend of the season. Expect Hamilton to regain the initiative at a track where he usually excels.

Matthew Walthert: This is getting repetitive. After snagging pole at the chequered flag, Hamilton will add to his three Canadian Grand Prix victories with another masterful performance. However, Alonso will continue driving the wheels off his Ferrari and grab the fastest lap as the Mercs ease up near the end.

Neil James: This is the circuit on which Lewis Hamilton won his first-ever grand prix, all the way back in 2007. It's one of his favourite circuits and suits his style, so in a two-horse race against teammate Nico Rosberg, he should record his fourth Canadian triumph.

Bob Margolis: Canadian F1 fans should have a very memorable race weekend as the feud between Hamilton and Rosberg boils over. They will wreck each other early—maybe the first or second lap at the end of the front straight. Rosberg will not be able to continue and Ferrari will place one on the podium.

B/R Expert Picks: Canadian GP
ColumnistMark PattersonOliver HardenMatthew WalthertNeil JamesBob Margolis
Pole PositionLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
Race WinnerLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel
Fastest LapSebastian VettelLewis HamiltonFernando AlonsoLewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel
Top TeamMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesRed Bull
Number of Finishers1817151719

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 06:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during practice ahead of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 6, 2014 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Here's how we did in Monaco, and what the results of the race did to our scores so far this season: 

B/R Expert Picks: After Monaco GP
ColumnistMark PattersonOliver HardenMatthew WalthertNeil JamesBob MargolisRESULT
Pole PositionNico Rosberg Daniel RicciardoLewis Hamilton Lewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonNico Rosberg 
Race WinnerNico Rosberg Nico RosbergLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonLewis HamiltonNico Rosberg 
Fastest LapNico RosbergNico RosbergFernando AlonsoNico RosbergLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Top TeamMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedesMercedes
Number of Finishers191616161414
Monaco Points33223-
Points This Season16191718--

How the Scores Are Calculated

The right answer earns you one point, except in the case of total finishers, where you can be two cars either side. However, if you predict the exact correct number of finishers, you pick up two points.

Feel free to play along in the comments to see how you fare against our predictions.


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