Is Canada The Place To Cool Things Down For Mercedes?

The world’s top racers come to Canada this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix, the latest stop on the Formula One World Tour.  Drivers will make their pit stops in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, located on a stretch of land running along the St Lawrence River.

The betting favourites are the Mercedes racing team, which has dominated the 2014 F1 motor racing season to date.  The team’s top two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are the only drivers to win Grand Prixs this season, and are betting on making the Canadian Grand Prix their next accomplishment.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve holds a particularly special place in Hamilton’s racing heart.  While still racing for McLaren, Hamilton won his very first F1 Grand Prix in Montreal back in 2007.

The Canadian Grand Prix is even more important for Hamilton given the results of the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago.  In Monaco Hamilton lost the race to his teammate and rival Rosberg, an outcome that saw bad blood between the two drivers spill over into a very public dispute.

The tensions began spilling over in the Monaco qualifiers leading up to the Grand Prix.  During the qualifier, Rosberg allegedly blocked Hamilton from accelerating into his final lap as the two drivers remained neck in neck.  The maneuvre cost Hamilton pole position to begin the main event, which he believes is what allowed Rosberg to take the checkered flag.

The Canadian Grand Prix will be the first time the two drivers are publicly together since Monaco, and will show the world if cooler heads are prevailing in the Mercedes racing camp.  Hamilton insists that he and Rosberg are still friends despite the tension in Monaco, and expects a seventh consecutive 1-2 finish for Mercedes.

The real bet will lie on which of the two top drivers finishes first and second.