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Is Hamilton Back?

Following an enthralling race in Monaco in the last round of the Formula 1 championship the paddock moves to Canada for the seventh race of the season. Lewis Hamilton managed to hold onto victory at the principality largely thanks to a diabolical pit stop from Red Bull which pretty much handed the defending champion his first race victory of the season. Better yet teammate and championship leader, Nico Rosberg, finished in a dismal 7th place after being narrowly beaten on the run to line on the final lap by fellow countrymen Nico Hulkenburg.

Hamilton’s race win in Monaco saw him close the gap to Rosberg to 24 points and this could be the beginning of the end for the rest of the field. If Hamilton takes the victory in Canada, I can assure you that it will be nearly impossible to break his momentum. Rosberg will need to bounce back immediately if he wants to ensure that his teammate doesn’t start to run all over him once again. Rosberg made a point in Spain that he won’t go down without a fight, but with the team telling you to move over because you’re holding your teammate up, that has got to be the worst thing to hear. And with the threat of rain around for Sunday’s race, will we see another disastrous weekend from the title hopeful.

Someone who will be hoping that he can get back into the title fight will be Daniel Ricciardo. Now second place in Monaco isn’t that bad, but when you had the victory in your grasp only to see it slip away because of an error from the team, that has got to hurt. And it looked like it did. It has to be the first time I have ever seen Ricciardo without a smile on his face. It really upset me to see him like that, so let’s hope that Red Bull and the Aussie can kiss and make up after the Monaco mess up. On the other side of the garage, Max Verstappen went from hero to zero and was brought back down to earth with big bump. The youngest ever F1 race winner crashed in qualifying and after making up ground in the race found the wall once more in the changing conditions. He’ll also have a point to prove in Canada so watch out for the Red Bull boys.

All the preseason talk about how Ferrari were going to compete with Mercedes in 2016 has pretty much fizzled out now especially after Red Bull bounced back onto the scene at the sharp end of the field. It looks as though Ferrari’s championship fight is slowly coming to an end following a spate of bad results for both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. If the team doesn’t fight back soon, the gap to the leaders could become a bridge to far.

So my predictions for the previous race were little far off, although I would have had Ricciardo as the race winner correct if it wasn’t for the stuff up by Red Bull. But that’s racing. In this week’s predictions I’m backing the Mercedes duo to blow the competition away.

  1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Nico Rosberg 3. Daniel Ricciardo

Enjoy the race and if you’re taking a bet, the best of luck to you. You can also catch me on Twitter @ChrisFletch46 for questions, comments and all sorts of banter.

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