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2022 F1 Canadian GP – How to watch, session timings and more

The 2022 Formula 1 season continues this weekend with the Canadian Grand Prix on the 17-19 June.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault R.S.19, Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB15, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10, Nico Hulkenberg, Renault R.S. 19, and the rest of the field at the start of the race

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault R.S.19, Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB15, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10, Nico Hulkenberg, Renault R.S. 19, and the rest of the field at the start of the race

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The F1 paddock makes the 5,500-mile trip from Baku to Montreal for the welcomed return of the Canadian round for the first time in three years, having dropped off the calendar in 2020 and 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just like the Australian GP earlier this season, it provides a relative unknown on F1’s return to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in front of an expected bumper crowd.

Max Verstappen carries his momentum of four wins in the last five races, only losing out on Monaco GP victory to Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, which has seen the Dutch driver move into a 21-point lead in the F1 drivers’ standings.

Ferrari will be looking to bounce back after a poor run of results, the latest coming in Baku with a double retirement, as Charles Leclerc suffered an engine failure and Carlos Sainz was forced out with an hydraulics problem.

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Focus will also be on Mercedes to see how its latest changes aim to fix its porpoising and bouncing problem with its F1 car, which left Lewis Hamilton in agony at the end of the Azerbaijan GP.

Previously, the Montreal race has been a happy hunting ground for Hamilton and Mercedes, having taken four of the past five Canadian GP wins, a run only interrupted by Sebastian Vettel’s triumph for Ferrari in 2018.

But with a new generation of F1 cars, Red Bull and Ferrari will remain the favourites going into this weekend having shared all of the wins so far this season.

F1 hasn't raced in Montreal since 2019, when Sainz was a McLaren driver and Perez was in a Racing Point (now Aston Martin)

F1 hasn't raced in Montreal since 2019, when Sainz was a McLaren driver and Perez was in a Racing Point (now Aston Martin)

Photo by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Full 2022 Canadian GP session timings

Friday 17th June 2022

Free Practice 1: 7:00pm-8:00pm BST (2:00pm-3:00pm local)
Free Practice 2: 10:00pm-11:00pm BST (5:00pm-6:00pm local)

Saturday 18th June 2022

Free Practice 3: 6:00pm-7:00pm BST (1:00pm-2:00pm local)
Qualifying: 9:00pm-10:00pm BST (4:00pm-5:00pm local)

Sunday 19th June 2022

Race: 7:00pm BST (2:00pm local)

How can I watch Formula 1?

In the United Kingdom Formula 1 is only broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race has finished. Live streaming through NOW is also available in the UK.

Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels which costs £20 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed through NOW with a one-off day payment of £11.98p or a month membership of £33.99p per month.

Fans wanting to watch the race for free will have to wait until the morning of Sunday (qualifying) or evening of Sunday (race) to see the highlights on Channel 4.

How can I watch the F1 Canadian GP?

Channel: Sky Sports F1 HD and Sky Sports Main Event HD
Channel numbers - Sky: 406 and 401
Channel numbers - Virgin Media: 506 and 501

Sky Sports has live and exclusive broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom, with the build-up to the F1 Canadian GP race starting from 5:30pm on Sky Sports F1, and 6.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event, ahead of lights out at 7:00pm.

Ferrari's Vettel lost the win in 2019 when he was penalised for running wide and impeding Hamilton upon rejoining

Ferrari's Vettel lost the win in 2019 when he was penalised for running wide and impeding Hamilton upon rejoining

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

When can I watch the F1 Canadian GP highlights?

Channel: Channel 4 

Start time: Qualifying – 08:30am Sunday, Race – 11:00pm Sunday

Channel 4 has the rights to show the Canadian GP highlights of qualifying and the race.

Will the F1 Canadian GP be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2022 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations or via the BBC Sport website.

Coverage of the Canadian GP will start at 6:30pm BST on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sounds app.

Weather forecast for the Canadian GP

Montreal is set for mixed conditions throughout the race weekend, with rain showers forecast for Friday, before staying dry and warm on Saturday and Sunday. Highs of 21 degrees Celsius are predicted on Sunday for the start of the race, eight degrees colder than the Azerbaijan GP last time out.

Most F1 Canadian GP wins

Michael Schumacher: 7 wins (1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Lewis Hamilton: 7 wins (2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Nelson Piquet: 3 wins (1982, 1984, 1991)

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