Who's hot and who's not heading into the Canadian GP

BY foxsports • June 8, 2016

Sunday's Canadian GP marks the seventh round of the unpredictable and exciting 2016 Formula One World Championship.

Speaking of unpredictable and exciting, those words typically describe the kind of racing we see at the Canadian GP ran at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, which has seen four different winners in the past five seasons.

The race begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, with live timing and race updates available via GP Racecast. Here's a look at who's hot and who's not heading into the race:

Lewis Hamilton - HOT

Defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton finally broke through for his first win of the 2016 Formula One season at the Monaco GP two weeks ago. Now, he arrives at a track where he has won four times, which includes his first F1 win back in 2008. The only time he has made it to the finish and not won was in 2013, when he finished third.

Ferrari - NOT

Sebastian Vettel.

Monaco has not been the best of tracks for the Italian team in recent years, and that trend continued last weekend. For the first time this season, the Prancing Horses failed to bring home a podium finish after Kimi Raikkonen crashed out and Sebastian Vettel finished fourth. To add to their concerns, it seems that Red Bull has really stepped up its game and may be the new No. 2 team behind Mercedes.

Red Bull - HOT

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo followed by Max Verstappen during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.

True, Daniel Ricciardo wasn't smiling at Monaco, and nor was Max Verstappen, but that's only because both hit unfortunate issues which put an end to two stunning drives. Up front, Ricciardo would have got his first win of the season had his crew had his tires ready in the pits. Meanwhile, Verstappen had been rallying his way through the field after starting from the back when he made a mistake and put it in the wall. The team's cars have been performing better, and now they return to a track where they tasted victory in 2013-2014.

Sergio Perez - HOT

Sahara Force India F1 Team's Mexican driver Sergio Perez holds his trophy on the podium at the Monaco street circuit.

The Force India team was the unsung hero of the Monaco GP, but they were still able to reap the rewards from it with Sergio Perez bringing home a third-place finish. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg was only a few positions back in sixth. Sergio Perez finished on the podium at Canada in 2012.

McLaren - HOT

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

McLaren knew that Monaco was a track that would suit them and they made the most of it, with both drivers bringing home points. Montreal is another street circuit that could play to their strong points, with both drivers having taken a win here. Particularly memorable was Jenson Button's victory from the back in the dramatic - and wet - 2011 Canadian GP. Rain is not forecast for this weekend.



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