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The first race in Canada since 2019 has been set-up beautifully by a dramatic qualifying session, and there are plenty of drivers out of position, so let’s take a look at the different strategic options available to the teams on race day in Montreal.

What’s the quickest strategy?

As usual, the teams want to limit the number of pit stops they make, and in Canada the one-stop strategy is possible – but from two different routes.

The most likely choice for those at the front is to start the race on the medium tyre, as it has good life but doesn’t give up too much in performance terms on the opening lap. By running a first stint of between 22 and 28 laps – and ideally looking for a pit window to come back out in clear air – then switching to the hard compound would allow a relatively comfortable run to the end of the race.

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That’s because this weekend’s hard compound is the C3 tyre – the middle of the Pirelli range – which is a good, consistent tyre that all of the teams are able to make work in the right conditions.

Lapping on intermediate tyres on the drying Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Verstappen clocked a time of 1m 21.299s, leaving him a full 0.645s clear of the pack, headed by Alonso – who will make his first front row start since taking pole in Germany 10 years ago.

Completing the top three was the Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, whose team mate Charles Leclerc is set to start P19 after taking on new power unit elements. Lewis Hamilton showed his wet weather prowess to take P4, ahead of a fine performance for the Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, sharing the third row in P5 and P6.

Autosport writers' favourite F1 Canadian Grands Prix

Formula 1 makes its long-awaited return to Canada this weekend, with Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve hosting its 41st Grand Prix on Sunday. Here are Autosport writers' favourite races from the previous 40.

In all, there have been 50 Canadian Grands Prix since 1967, with the race alternating between Mosport and Mont-Tremblant until 1971 when the former became its home.

But since 1978, it's the Montreal circuit later renamed after its favourite son Gilles Villeneuve with which the race is most closely associated, having only dropped off the calendar in 1987, 2009 and the last two seasons due to COVID-induced travel restrictions.

The former Île Notre-Dame Circuit has produced several first-time winners, unforgettable moments of drama such as Nigel Mansell's infamous final-lap retirement that gave Nelson Piquet victory in 1991, and controversies aplenty - not least during F1's previous visit in 2019 when on-the-road winner Sebastian Vettel was demoted to second by a post-race penalty.


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