After a controversial race in Monaco last time out, it's set to be a fascinating contest on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head-to-head at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.
Rosberg's victory in Monte Carlo saw him move within 10 points of his rival, but the win was marred by a glaring error by Mercedes which cost Hamilton an almost certain victory.
The controversy makes for unmissable drama as the pair face off again on Sunday, so here's where to catch the action and all the information you need ahead of the showdown.
Date: Sunday, June 7
Time: 6:30 p.m. (BST) 1:30 p.m. (ET/Local)
TV Info: Live on Sky Sports F1 (UK), NBC (US)
|Canadian Grand Prix Driver Lineups|
|Team||Driver 1||Driver 2|
|Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton||Nico Rosberg|
|Red Bull||Daniel Ricciardo||Daniil Kvyat|
|Ferrari||Sebastian Vettel||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Lotus||Pastor Maldonado||Romain Grosjean|
|McLaren||Fernando Alonso||Jenson Button|
|Force India||Nico Hulkenberg||Sergio Perez|
|Sauber||Marcus Ericsson||Felipe Nasr|
|Toro Rosso||Max Verstappen||Carlos Sainz Jr|
|Williams||Valtteri Bottas||Felipe Massa|
|Marussia||Will Stevens||Roberto Merhi|
Hamilton Looks to Bounce Back
The Englishman won his first Grand Prix on the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in 2007, and he will need to do so again to regain a healthy lead over his Mercedes team-mate.
The 30-year-old's race in Monaco looked highly promising as he controlled proceedings from the front, but the decision to pit late on under the safety car saw him emerge behind Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel on a track notoriously difficult to pass on.
Paddy Lowe, Mercedes' technical executive director, has spoken about the error. Per Daniel Johnson of the Telegraph, he said:
There has been a great deal of comment concerning our mistake in Monaco and its consequences. On behalf of the team, this error should be put into context. It was a single error made in a split second based on incorrect data. Sport is all about split-second decisions, trading risk with reward, and we do not always get these decisions right.
Although visibly dejected with finishing third in Monaco, Hamilton insists he has put the race behind him.
According to the Guardian's Giles Richards, he said: "I couldn’t care less about it. It is about trying to shape the future, there is lots and lots of racing to come and improvements to make."
Hamilton also added he was eagerly anticipating the Canadian Grand Prix. Per Johnson, he said: "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."
Hamilton does indeed enjoy racing in Canada, having finished on the podium on all four occasions he has finished in Montreal, including three wins. Only Michael Schumacher has tasted victory more times in Canada.
As Formula1.com noted, Hamilton also excels in qualifying for this race, starting in the top two on six occasions.
Rosberg, meanwhile, accepts that he will need more than simply good fortune in order to triumph over Hamilton long term. Per ESPN's Laurence Edmondson, he said:
"I still can't quite believe I was standing on the top step in Monaco for the third time the other week. It was all very surreal and I don't think I've ever been so lucky. However, that weekend also showed that I need to raise my game even further in the battle this year."
The German also explained how the track in Montreal is a completely different beast to Monaco:
Here's what to expect from the track, per Formula One's official Twitter feed:
According to F1 driver Kevin Magnussen, the long straights leading to chicanes and hairpin turns, which require huge deceleration from the cars, are what makes the track so tricky.
This naturally affects the brakes, and Mercedes struggled to cope last year as Hamilton was forced to retire due to a failure. Rosberg also suffered, but he managed to limp home to second place.
Toto Wolff and his team will have undoubtedly learned from what went wrong, so the pair will likely enjoy a race free from technical issues.
There's lots of room for overtaking in Montreal so expect there to be some exciting battles among the front-runners and throughout the field.
Hamilton is always a contender in Canada, so if he can finish the race problem-free then he has an excellent chance of taking the chequered flag.
Prediction: 1. Hamilton, 2. Rosberg, 3. Vettel