2022 Canada Grand Prix - Preview
THE TYRES ON TRACK
- After a two-year absence, Canada is back on the calendar: again with the softest tyres in the range, as was the case for Montreal in 2019 and also for the last two races this year (Monaco and Azerbaijan). In other words: the C3 is the P Zero White hard, the C4 is the P Zero Yellow medium and the C5 is the P Zero Red soft. In 2019, the winning strategy was a one-stopper: starting on the medium and finishing on the hard.
- Montreal has some elements in common with Baku, thanks to its heavy traction and braking demands on a rapidly-evolving surface, but with lower speeds and cooler weather.
- The weather has often been a major feature of the Canadian Grand Prix: the 2011 race is still the longest in F1 history, thanks to six safety car periods and a lengthy interruption that neutralised the action for several hours. It's never easy to predict the conditions, and there’s also a reasonable chance of rain.
“Canada will pose a number of question marks for the teams: the weather is often variable, all previous data is three years old, and we have a completely different range of tyres with new compounds and structures, on a track that is hardly ever used – which will lead to a very high degree of evolution. Compared to their last visit to Montreal, the drivers should find compounds that are more stable with a wider working range, enabling them to push harder throughout each stint with a much lower risk of overheating. One interesting aspect to Montreal is that it has one of the lowest pit lane time loss penalties on the calendar, meaning that a car can be in and out of the pit lane in less than 20 seconds. This could open up a few options in terms of strategy.”
Rally Poland, round four of the European Rally Championship, took place last weekend with Pirelli driver Miko Marczyk winning the all-gravel event.
Round five of the GT World Challenge takes place at Zandvoort in Holland this weekend, which is also the home of the Dutch Grand Prix. As a Sprint Cup round, there is an hour-long race both on Saturday and Sunday
- Ferrari Challenge
The Ferrari Challenge, exclusively equipped by Pirelli, is one of the support races at the Canadian Grand Prix, with two 15-lap races on Saturday and Sunday mornings.