It's an easy thing to say, but the form book suggests this year's Canadian Grand Prix will be a thriller. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's unusual layout has a habit of closing up the competitive order at the front, producing spectacular racing and creating random incidents. In a season already characterised by constant surprises, that makes the 2012 F1 guessing game that much harder...
Fittingly for such a changeable opening, there are plenty of subplots heading into the weekend. The relative form of this year's winning teams continues to fluctuate, with the opening six races still yet to establish a clear favourite.
Ferrari's resurgence - or at least the success of its recent, and substantial, upgrades package - is one talking point. Fernando Alonso helped disguise the F2012's deficiencies at the start of the year, but two podiums in the last two races, combined with a sixth-place finish for Felipe Massa at Monaco indicate the Scuderia has indeed moved closer to the front. Massa's performance, incidentally, might just have earned him a longer stay at the Prancing Horse...
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