The 2014 Canadian GP preview: Everything you need to know about this week's race!

F1 heads over the Atlantic for one of the favourite races of the year

By Sky Sports Online.   Last Updated: 05/06/14 5:04pm

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After two Europe-based races in Spain and Monaco, F1 travels across the Atlantic this week for one of the most popular races on the calendar: the Canadian GP.

A demanding high-speed circuit lined by punishing barriers but offering a multitude of overtaking opportunities, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is an established favourite with fans and drivers alike.

The race itself, frequently wet and wild, also has a reputation for delivering an exciting spectacle. The 2011 Canadian GP, a four-hour epic eventually won by Jenson Button, is widely regarded to have been the finest race in the modern era.

The 2014 Canadian GP in a nutshell

Track: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Race start time: 7pm UK Time (2pm local).

Laps: 70.

Track length: 4.361 km.

Tyre allocation: Soft (yellow) and Supersoft (red).

2013 pole: Sebastian Vettel - 1:25.425 (Red Bull).

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Monday 2nd June
9pm - Classic Races - Canada 2012.

Tuesday 3rd June
9pm - Classic Races - Canada 2011.

Wednesday 4th June
9pm - Classic Races - Canada 2007.

Thursday 5th June
4pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
8pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Replay.
9pm - Classic Races - Canada 2008.

Friday 6th June
7am - Gear Up For Canada.
2:45pm - Canadian GP Practice One - Live!
6.45pm - Canadian GP.
9pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
11pm - The F1 Show.

Saturday 7th June
1.30pm - The F1 Show - Replay.
2.45pm - Canadian GP Practice Three - Live!
5pm - Canadian GP Qualifying - Live!
7.45pm - Classic Races - Canada 1998.

Sunday 8th June
5.30pm - The 2014 Canadian GP - Track Parade - Live!
6pm - The 2014 Canadian GP - Live!
9.30pm - The 2014 Canadian GP - Paddock Live!

Form guide

Twelve months ago, Sebastian Vettel was in imperious form as he defeated Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton by fifteen seconds to extend his lead of the World Championship and register Red Bull's first ever triumph at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

But that was then. 2014 has witnessed a clean sweep of Mercedes victories and the Silver Arrows' winning streak is expected to continue this weekend at a circuit which should play to the strengths of the W05 and its superior power unit.

Lewis Hamilton is considered something of a Canada specialist, claiming his maiden win in F1 at Montreal in 2007, another in 2010, and triumphing there again in a thriller two years ago ahead of Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez. "He will probably be untouchable in Canada," predicted Hamilton's former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button last week.

2013 result: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 4. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 5. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 6. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso); 7. Paul di Resta (Force India); 8. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 9. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 10. Adrian Sutil (Force India).

Last five winners in Canada: 2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2012: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2011: Jenson Button (McLaren); 2010: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2008: Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber).

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