Canadian drivers in the tough before the Montreal Grand Prix

Fighting for several weeks, Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi await a comeback for the return of their grand prize home.

It is not good to be Canadian in Formula 1. Almost a quarter of a century after the title of Jacques Villeneuve (1997), Canada is still waiting for a worthy successor to the one who became a consultant to Canal + since 2013. And to listen to the flights consultant’s regulars about his compatriots Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi, the succession is far from assured.

And for good reason, the two men have been disappointing since the start of a season in line with the previous ones. Accountably insignificant (2 points for solo Stroll), Aston Martin (Stroll) and Williams (Latifi) riders shine above all for their setbacks on the track, as during the Australian Grand Prix, where the Canadian duet succeeded inexplicably. stuck in the classification. Last example, the first road exit, still in the “qualifiers”, in Baku last week. It’s not the best publicity before the return of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this Sunday (8pm), after a three-year absence due to the pandemic.

There will be a lot of work to get the car in shape from the first workouts, I want to get a good result at home“Stroll promises, having only two finals in points in 2022 (in Imola and then Miami) but remains in 9th place in three appearances on the Gilles-Villeneuve route.

“Champion of the walls”

A circuit Old school and complicated where Latifi had never acted before. Still looking for his first points this season, the Montreal native will discover his home Grand Prix and its subtleties, starting the latest chicane that will lead to the legendary “Wall of Champions”. For the occasion, the Ontarian was nicknamed the “champion of the walls” on social media.

A little veiled glance at his road trips, the most significant was the one that led to the restart of the last race of the epic 2021 season, when Max Verstappen was able to resume history before winning his first world title. Since then, it is no longer just that communicative smile that accompanies the person interested in the paddock, but also and above all that image of a driver rushing to wave yellow, red or even blue flags. (when the later ones are invited to leave their predecessors), which he did not respect in Azerbaijan last week.

Boats in danger?

Service records that feed the idea of ​​a failed casting for the 26-year-old driver, who arrived in Formula 1 in 2020. An arrival facilitated by his father’s money, led by Sofina Foods, whose sponsorship went allow the stable Williams to stay alive. Except that since then, Latifi has faded alongside his teammates, George Russell (new Mercedes driver) and then Alex Albon, who arrived earlier this year (3 points). So much so that the small world of F1 is wondering about the likelihood of seeing the Canadian make his first but also his last Canadian GP this weekend.

I focus on what I can control and improve my performance, he trusts Montreal Magazine . If you get a bad result, the critics will be there. This is true in F1, but also in other sports. Lately, rumors of the early arrival (from Silverstone?) Of Oscar Piastri, Formula 2 world champion and alpine reserve driver, pose the threat of an ejectable seat. “Rumors have always been part of F1, it was the same before I arrived“Latifi points out at the end of his contract at the end of the season but he has”he did not think of a plan B.“.

Plan B, Stroll may end up needing it if he continues to be dominated by teammate Sebastian Vettel. Protected for the same reasons (his father Lawrence owns the Aston Martin team), the 23-year-old would no longer be as untouchable as before. Advice for Sky Sports, Former driver Johnny Herbert has no hesitation in imagining a negative outcome for anyone who started his F1 career in 2018. “If things don’t get better, Lawrence will finally say, “Son, I gave you a chance and it didn’t work out, now I have to do what’s right for the team.”this is stated by the British in the podcast F1 Nation. I don’t think it ends up happening, but I don’t know when.“It simply came to our notice then.

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