Canadian Grand Prix preview, TV Schedule, and how to watch

Canadian Grand Prix

The Canadian Grand Prix is back, as Formula 1 concludes its stretch of street circuits as the series travels from the Streets of Baku in Azerbaijan over to Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time since 2019. Max Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez have dominated the past five races, having won every race since Imola.

Canadian Grand Prix preview

It seems like it has been an eternity since Formula 1 took a visit to the fan-favorite track in Montreal, and in many ways, it has been. After two straight years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many fans still remember the last edition of the race, which Lewis Hamilton won under controversial circumstances over then-Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Surprisingly enough, neither Hamilton nor Vettel are championship contenders in 2022. Both Mercedes and Aston Martin have struggled so far. This year, it is Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, and Charles Leclerc duking it out for a title, representing Red Bull and Ferrari respectively. Verstappen, coming off of a revengeful win at Azerbaijan, leads the driver’s championship with 150 points, followed by his teammate Perez who is 21 points behind the Dutchman and 13 points ahead of Ferrari’s Leclerc.

This weekend marks the first time that some drivers will race F1 in Montreal. Among this group is Yuki Tsunoda, whose rear wing needed to be duct-taped shut at Baku. Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, who has struggled as of late, will experience his first home Grand Prix. Fellow Canadian Lance Stroll will make a return to his home city of Montreal.
After a double DNF in Baku, Ferrari looks to recover at a circuit where they’ve found success in the past. Team boss Mattia Binotto spoke on the engine problems, saying “…it’s never obvious to fix them in a short time.” However, Binotto and the Scuderia will have to find some kind of reliability to stay in this fight.

Race Details:

  • Circuit Length and Turns: 4.361 km (2.709 miles), 13 turns
  • Race Length: 70 laps, 305.270 km (189.694 miles)
  • Previous Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • Lap Record: 1:13.078, Valterri Bottas, 2019

How to Watch: United States (All Times in EST)

  • Free Practice 1: Friday, 6/17 – 1:55 p.m. on ESPN3/ESPNU
  • Free Practice 2: Friday, 6/17 – 4:50 p.m. on ESPN3/ESPNU
  • Free Practice 3: Saturday, 6/18 – 12:55 p.m on ESPN2
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 6/18 – 3:55 p.m on ESPN2
  • Canadian Grand Prix: Sunday, 6/19 – 12:30 p.m. on ABC

How to Watch: International

For a full list of Formula 1 broadcasters by country, click here.

Fans can follow along with live timing on the official F1 app, available for free on the App Store and other stores.

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Featured Image Credit: Mark Sutton – Sutton Motorsport Images