By Lee Dover
This year’s Formula One (F1) season has without a shadow of a doubt been the most unpredictable that the motorsport has ever witnessed.
In the first six races of the 2012 campaign, there have been more twists and turns than a lap around Monte Carlo’s famous street circuit – the scene of the latest rollercoaster ride for the F1 stars.
By the time the chequered flag had been flown in that contest, Mark Webber had achieved the feat of being the sixth different driver to win a race in F1 this season.
The Australian was a bit of a party pooper mind, as the fact that he raced a Red Bull car to victory for the second time in 2012 brings to an end a run of different teams winning a race in the prestigious motorsport this season.
Still, this time last year F1 fans had endured Sebastian Vettel winning five of the first six races of the season and being a close second in that campaign’s Chinese Grand Prix. So we cannot complain too much.
The question now is whether the Canadian Grand Prix can make it seven different winners in the first seven races? We are offering odds of 5/6 that this feat will be set come Sunday (June 10th) afternoon.
It is a bet well worth considering, especially since some of the biggest names in F1 right now are still waiting for their maiden victory of 2012.
Lewis Hamilton is the 7/2 favourite to take the chequered flag in the picturesque French-Canadian city of Montreal. The Brit already holds two previous victories on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and surely only needs to kick his McLaren pit team into gear to launch himself to the front of the pack this weekend.
When it comes to talking about history in the Canadian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher is a name which just keeps popping up. The German has won seven times on the circuit, with the victories dating all the way back to 1994.
Surely a 9/1 punt on Schumacher making it eight this weekend in his Mercedes car is a bet which will be too tempting to resist.
Returning F1 icon Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari’s Brazilian terrier Felipe Massa – who seemed to turn a corner in his season at the Monaco Grand Prix – cannot be written off either.