Alex Palmer Writes...
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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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes345
2VettelFerrari302
3BottasMercedes280
4RicciardoRed Bull200
5RäikkönenFerrari193
6VerstappenRed Bull158
7PerezForce India94
8OconForce India83
9SainzToro Rosso54
10MassaWilliams42
11StrollWilliams40
12HulkenbergRenault35
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas19
15AlonsoMcLaren15
16VandoorneMcLaren13
17PalmerRenault8
18KvyatToro Rosso5
19WehrleinSauber5
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GaslyToro Rosso0
23GiovinazziSauber0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes625
2Ferrari495
3Red Bull358
4Force India177
5Williams82
6Toro Rosso53
7Renault49
8Haas47
9McLaren28
10Sauber5