Canadian Grand Prix predictions: Perez to shine with pressure off
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Canadian Grand Prix predictions: Perez to shine with pressure off

Date: 18/06/2023

Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Sergio Perez is fancied to get his season back on track after a couple of disappointing efforts in our Canadian Grand Prix predictions.

The Mexican looked set to challenge teammate Max Verstappen at the top of the table when claiming two wins and two seconds in the first five races of 2023.

However, finishing 16th in Monaco and then fourth in Barcelona has left him 53 points adrift of the flying Dutchman.

Stopping Verstappen from rattling off a fourth straight win will be tough, but Montreal represents a good chance for Perez to cement his position as best of the rest.

Looking at the Canadian Grand Prix odds, we like a bwin price boost of Evens for Red Bull to secure a fifth one-two in eight outings this term.

Problems in qualifying have hurt Perez badly, but team boss Christian Horner believes his number two will react in a positive manner.

Horner told Sky Sports: “I think if you look at the points now, there’s a big split between the two of them. I think if anything, that should take pressure off him.

“He has nothing to lose now and I think he just needs to relax; he can breathe out and just drive like we know he’s capable of, like he did in Azerbaijan and some of the early races this year.”

Perez managed to fight his way up from 11th on the grid in Barcelona but missed out on a podium as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell maintained the progress being shown by Mercedes.

However, Toto Wolff warned: “The result in Spain was a well-deserved reward for everyone’s efforts at Brackley and Brixworth to bring our update package to the track.

“We were pleased with how it performed, and it will provide a new baseline for us to build from.

“But we must also manage our expectations. It was a circuit that suited our car, and we should expect our direct competitors to be stronger in the next races.

“The gap to Red Bull is large and it will take lots of hard work to close that down. Nevertheless, we’re up for the challenge.”

Red Bull should be favoured by a fast, low-downforce track like Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which has long straights tailor-made for overtaking.

For the second of our Canadian Grand Prix betting tips, we’re taking 8/11 for Lando Norris to finish in the top 10.

The McLaren driver was out of luck in Spain, where he started third after a fine performance in qualifying, but his race was over inside two corners when he drove into the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Norris had scored points in three of the previous four races and is taken to show his true worth again in Montreal.

Past Canadian GP winners

2022 Verstappen (Red Bull), Sainz, Hamilton
2019 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Leclerc
2018 Vettel (Ferrari), Bottas, Verstappen
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas, Ricciardo
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Bottas

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