Viewers on DStv can look forward to the ninth round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, the Canadian Grand Prix, live from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on the evening of Sunday 19 June 2022.
The previous round in Azerbaijan saw Max Verstappen lead a Red Bull one-two, with Sergio Perez in the runner-up spot and Mercedes’ George Russell completing the podium. The Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc (who qualified on pole position) and Carlos Sainz Jnr both retired from the race with mechanical problems.
As a result, reigning title holder Verstappen enjoys a 21-point lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings, with his nearest chaser being Perez. Leclerc has dropped to third on the log, now 34 points adrift of the Dutch pace-setter.
“We need to understand what went wrong with the cars and ensure we are on top of this issue,” said Leclerc, who is now fighting an uphill battle to remain in title contention. “The car has improved in many ways in the last couple of races, but that won’t mean anything if we can’t get to the finish.”
Verstappen, meanwhile, was delighted to pick up his fifth win of the season, but insists it is still too early to be talking of back-to-back Championship triumphs.
“There’s still so many races this season. The big gap [the lead that Verstappen enjoys] has already been the other way around [in favour of Leclerc], so we have to stay focused and keep on pushing, making sure that we don’t have retirements [like in the early phase of the season],” said the Red Bull river.
Meanwhile, Russell, who came in third in Azerbaijan and is the only driver to have finished in the points in every race this season – despite a comparative lack of pace from Mercedes – has warned that the 2022 F1 cars’ propensity for ‘bouncing’ or ‘porpoising’ will cause a big accident at some point.
“I think it’s just a matter of time before we see a major incident,” Russell told reporters. “A lot of us can barely keep the car in a straight line over these bumps, we’re going around the last two corners at 300 kilometres per hour, bottoming out, you can visibly see on the tarmac, how close the cars are running into the ground.”
He added, “With the technology we have in today’s environment, it seems unnecessary we’re running an F1 car at 200 miles an hour millimetres from the ground and it’s a recipe for disaster. I don’t really know what the future holds but I don’t think we can sustain this for three years or however long these regulations are in force for.”
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Canadian Grand Prix broadcast details, 18-19 June 2022
All times CAT
21:50: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1
Sunday 19 June