June 15th, 2024

McLaren’s Lando Norris pegs Ferrari as favourites at Canadian Grand Prix

By The Canadian Press on June 6, 2024.

MONTREAL – McLaren driver Lando Norris says Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix will be anyone’s race, but he gives Ferrari the edge.

The Formula One title race was ignited when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc won the Monaco Grand Prix last month, helping the Italian outfit move within 24 points of Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.

Led by three-time defending world champion Max Verstappen, Red Bull won 20 of 21 races to run away with the title.

This year, Red Bull leads with 276 points to Ferrari’s 252 and McLaren isn’t far behind with 184.

Three different drivers – Norris, Verstappen and Leclerc – have won the last three races.

Verstappen, who won the last two years in Montreal, holds a 31-point lead over Leclerc in the drivers championship.

The drivers take to the track Friday for practice sessions in the afternoon and evening. Another practice is set for Saturday before qualifying, which determines where drivers start for Sunday’s race.

According to current weather projections, rain could be a factor the entire weekend.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 6, 2024.

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