Will Lewis Hamilton Win Again In Canada?

2018 Canadian Grand Prix, Friday - Lewis Hamilton

The clock is ticking down to the start of the new F1 season. Sportsbooks already have Lewis Hamilton as their favourite to regain his drivers’ championship. It promises to be another exciting season and for the first time since 2019, there will be a Canadian Grand Prix.

The past two races have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 2022 will again see bookmakers releasing odds on who will win the race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve situated on Notre Dame Island in Montreal.

The first F1 testing session is on February 23. Sportsbooks will be busy from June 17 when practice sessions take place for the returning Canadian Grand Prix. June 18 sees the final practice session and qualifying then the race itself takes place on Sunday June 19.

The Canadian Grand Prix will be the ninth race of the 2022 F1 season. If last year was anything to go by, heaven knows what might have happened by then. Bookmakers still have the British driver at the top of the betting market. Gamblers in Canada are placing an increasing number of bets on sport. If looking to sign up with a sportsbook, it’s important to find the best betting promotion.

Hamilton will be pleased to hear that the Canadian Grand Prix returns to the F1 calendar this year. The race was last held in 2019 and he justified the short odds given for him by winning the race.  That was the seventh time that he’d won the race, the first being way back in 2007 when racing for McLaren.

Lewis first won in Canada driving a Mercedes in 2015. He must love the track as Hamilton went on to complete a hat-trick with wins in both 2016 and 2017. Sportsbooks must have gotten used to having to pay out on a Hamilton win in Canada.

Only a win for Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari in 2018 has stopped Hamilton from recording a five-timer, and he’ll once again be a leading contender to win in Canada.  Max Verstappen may well have something to say about that of course.

Red Bull have won the race twice in the past. Vettel won in 2013 and Daniel Ricciardo was the winner the following year. Those betting on Verstappen to win the Canadian Grand Prix when last held in 2019 were to be disappointed. He could only finish fifth in the race 57 seconds behind Hamilton in first. You can bet on him finishing closer in 2022.

It’s unlikely that the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix will produce a victory for a home driver. Lance Stroll is again racing for the Aston Martin team. Betting on him to be in title contention isn’t a good idea. Last year, Stroll finished 13th in the drivers’ championship with his best result being a sixth-placed finish in the Qatar Grand Prix.

Stroll is still waiting to repeat his feat of a podium finish. That came in 2017 when racing for Williams and finishing third in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

This year marks 44 years since the only time the Canadian Grand Prix was won by a home driver. Betting on Gilles Villeneuve to win in his Ferrari was a popular bet and a successful one. Whereas this year the race is being held in June, 1978 saw the Canadian Grand Prix take place in October ad was the final Grand Prix of the season.

1978 wasn’t just important for Villeneuve but for the track the race was held on. The Grand Prix had been moved from the Mosport Park Circuit near Toronto. Now it was being held at the Circuit Ile Notre-Dame, now named after the 1978 winner.

That was to prove a controversial race even before it started. American driver Mario Andretti claimed the design of the new track had been made to give Villeneuve an advantage. He finished tenth in the race but had little reason to complain. He’d already been confirmed as the 1978 F1 champion.

Who will win 44 years later? If Lewis Hamilton finishes first, that’ll be a record eighth win in Canada. He currently shares the record of seven with Michael Schumacher. Another record would be achieved if McLaren were to be successful. They’ve got 13 Canadian Grand Prix wins, one behind Ferrari who have a record 14.

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