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After the glitz and glamour (and drama) of Monaco we head to Canada this weekend where early race day weather reports suggest we might again see rain arrive mid-race to spice things up. The circuit is set on a rather pretty island that provides amazing backdrops to what has been in recent times a generally exciting race. Although the Mercs had engine dramas a few years ago and arguably handed the race win to Ricciardo in an under-strength Red Bull it is a track that Hamilton seems to do well at. Not to mention it is only a short hop to join his glamour-pals either in NYC or Miami after the race.

Speaking of glamour-pals, rumours are rife that we will see Justin Bieber doing podium interviews on Sunday. I should have guessed something was up when he was lurking under the Monaco podium sharing the champagne with the drivers. I do hope we get some serious grown-up questions from him. Imagine if his best buddy Hamilton wins in controversial circumstances - can "the Beeb" ask the tough questions? Hmmmm.

Driver silly season rumours are also starting to bubble up. With the usual suspects ( will Kimi be at Ferrari next year, or will Button retire) are a few strange ones - including that Gutierrez take Kimi's Ferrari seat, or that Maldonado will get another chance in a top team (although maybe not as a driver). I rather suspect that Massa might be inadvertently to blame for that speculation, check out his Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BGT6XOVnLZQ/

As any of regular readers might remember (if there are any such readers...), the Canadian GP is on my bucket list. Maybe if I get organised in time I can make it next year. In any case, I am looking forward to what should be yet another intriguing round in what is shaping up as a really exciting and surprisingly competitive season

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6MonacoSunday 27 May
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