He now trails the reigning world champion by 34 points after a disastrous last race in Baku, and has slipped to third in the standings behind Sergio Perez who now splits the pair.
Finishing the race has to be the focus of Ferrari after the double retirement in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix: the team has a fix for Carlos Sainz’s hydraulic issue but is continuing to investigate Leclerc’s engine failure.
But that’s not the only challenge it faces as F1 returns to Montreal for the first time in three years. The circuit’s high-speed sections, broken by tight turns and chicanes, may well favour the powerful Red Bulls. Ferrari’s performance may also suffer as a result of the new restrictions on porpoising. Its F1-75 still suffers from intense bouncing and if it’s deemed excessive, then the team may have to sacrifice performance to get it under control.
Others — notably Mercedes — may well be affected by the porpoising restrictions too, and there are plenty of other factors to look out for as well: Perez’s resurgence; another round of the Alpine vs McLaren battle; Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll hoping to impress their home crowd; and the prospect of a rain- interrupted qualifying.
Here’s how to watch all of the weekend’s action:
How to watch the 2022 F1 Canadian Grand Prix
There’s live coverage of every session, as well as free-to-view highlights of qualifying and the race. Times are BST.
Live TV: Each session will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1.
Live stream: Sky Sports F1 subscribers can stream each session the Sky Go app. The live coverage can also be accessed via a sports membership to Now TV.
Highlights: Due to its late start, Channel 4 will show highlights of qualifying on Sunday morning at 8:30am. Highlights of the race will be broadcast later in the day at 11pm. For a faster recap of each session, F1’s YouTube channel will upload shorter highlights soon after qualifying and the race.
|Qualifying, Saturday 18 June||Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday 19 June|
|Live coverage||From 8pm, Sky||From 5.30pm, Sky|
|Highlights||8.30am (Sunday), Channel 4||11pm, Channel 4|
Where to watch every session
Sky Sports F1 will show it all live, including coverage before and after each session. In addition, Sky Sports Main Event will also be broadcasting parts of the race weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Channel 4 will show highlights of qualifying and the race, but none of the practice sessions.
Sky Sports F1 – Live
Friday: FP1 – 6.30pm | FP2 – 9.45pm
Saturday: FP3 – 5.45pm | Qualifying – 8pm
Sunday: Grand Prix – 5.30pm
Channel 4 – Highlights
Sunday: Qualifying – 8.30am | Grand Prix – 11pm
How to stream
The action can be live streamed via the Sky Go app for existing Sky Sports F1 subscribers. The sessions are also available via Now TV with a sports membership. Either app can be downloaded on mobile and tablet devices, as well as specific gaming consoles. Now TV weekend passes are also available, which grant access to each live session including the pre- and post-race coverage.
Who will win?
Form suggests this one is Red Bull’s to lose but because F1 hasn’t visited the circuit for three years, teams are less well-prepared than normal.
The track features plenty of mid to slow-speed corners which should benefit Ferrari but then between those turns are bursts of high-speed straights to the potential delight of Red Bull.
Much could depend on the new components that Leclerc needs fitting to his Ferrari. His engine blowout in Baku means he will need a new one for Montreal and with that, Ferrari may decide to give him another turbocharger, too. This would be his fourth for the season and a driver is only allowed up to three without a penalty, so it would incur a 10-place grid drop.
Should that be the case, then Ferrari’s hopes of victory will largely lie with Sainz, who is yet to sustain a race-winning performance. It could be a straight fight between the Red Bull pair (if indeed they are allowed to fight) but if Leclerc isn’t fitted with a new turbocharger, then it should be all to play for.
How many laps is the Canadian Grand Prix?
Sunday’s race will have 70 laps around the 2.71 mile long circuit resulting in a total race distance of 189.7 miles. There will be three DRS zones for the weekend with the first being on the start-finish straight, the second coming between Turns 7 and 8 and the final detection point being on Casino Straight.
As ever, there will be a maximum race length of 120 minutes, to bear in mind in case of delays.
2022 Canadian GP session times
(All times BST)
|Friday 17 June||Saturday 18 June||Sunday 19 June|
|F1||Free Practice 1 – 7pm |
Free Practice 2 – 10pm
|Free Practice 3 – 6pm |
Qualifying – 9pm
|Grand Prix – 7pm|