After the unique challenge of Monaco the F1 circus moves to Canada and a Montreal circuit that is ultra fast in places, with its long straights, but which also has tight hairpins that generally proceed the 200mph drags. It is a real challenge and is one of the favourite circuits on the calendar for both drivers and teams alike.

The weather can be unpredictable, which adds to the mix and with six different winners from the six Grand's Prix to date, will we have a magnificent seventh different winner at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this Sunday?

Lewis Hamilton is a dual winner in Canada, including his first Grand Prix success back in 2007, and McLaren have won the last two races in Montreal, including Jenson Button's famous win last year when a drive-through penalty for speeding behind the safety car in a wet race dropped him back to last place. Assisted by the deployment of the safety car he carefully picked his way through the field and passed World Champion Sebastian Vettel on the final lap when the German made a rare mistake.

Fernando Alonso meanwhile currently leads the F1 2012 World Championship - three points up on Red Bull Racing duo, Vettel and Mark Webber, the latter having won a rather dull Monaco Grand Prix last time from pole following Michael Schumacher's five place grid penalty carried over from Barcelona.

Hamilton is the only one of the top five in the drivers' standings without a win so far this term but McLaren will be confident of the treble. Indeed Hamilton is 4/1 favourite at for a personal Montreal hat-trick with Alonso 5/1 to extend his Championship lead and Vettel 11/2.

We have any number of markets on the race including betting 4/11 that the safety car will be deployed during the race (15/8 NOT to be a safety car) and offering 5/4 that there will be a first lap retirement (4/7 NOT to be a retirement on the first lap).

It is one of the most eagerly awaited races in the calendar; the long straights give plenty of opportunities for overtaking but there's a lot of wear on brakes and tyres alike, while qualifying is important but not essential as in Monaco.

With no stand out driver or team so far in F1 2012 this could be a pivotal race in the destination of the World Title; not everything has gone right for McLaren so far this year but Montreal is one of their favourite circuits; could this be the race which ignites Hamilton's challenge? Or will Red Bull build on the success of Monaco?

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For this weekend's Canadian GP, in terms of who might win, bet:

Lewis Hamilton 4/1
Fernando Alonso 5/1
Sebastian Vettel 11/2
Mark Webber 15/2
Nico Rosberg 8/1
Jenson Button 11/1
Michael Schumacher 12/1
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For qualifying, in terms of who might be fastest, bet:

Lewis Hamilton 2/1
Nico Rosberg 4/1
Michael Schumacher 6/1
Fernando Alonso 8/1
Sebastian Vettel 10/1
Kimi Raikkonen 11/1
Romain Grosjean 11/1
Mark Webber 14/1

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