So then... after a 2 week break, once again we find ourselves spoiled with back to back races, this time across the Atlantic in Montreal and then Indianapolis the following week. Always abit of a favourite of mine is this race, it's very much a power circuit but there's some good overtaking opportunities so competitive races here are the rule as opposed to the exception like at some of the other circuits. It's not been watered down to any real degree and the close quarters of concrete mean that one slip and you could end up in a very nasty accident as both Panis (broke both legs) and Schu have found out in recent years. It's also the circuit that 2 years ago we found out who was the faster between an F1 and CART car on the same track in the same year, after having CART bragging to the world about them being the fastest open wheeled race series in the world, people were somewhat surprised to see the F1 cars over 6 seconds a lap quicker than CART, and even the race laps coming in 3 seconds quicker than the CART Pole time. Schu has an excellent record here, (I can't remember, but I think it's 6 wins) and the circuit should favour the Ferrari with it's emphasis on power, aerodynamics and fast flowing corners that are known to be a favourite of the Schu. The circuit however is also VERY heavy on brakes, and last year we saw Schu having to defend his position for half the race in the lead with serious brake wear issues, and with all the safety issues currently cropping up regarding F1 cars finally become too fast for their braking systems, maybe wear will be a race influencing issue again this year. BAR should also be very strong here, the Honda has some serious grunt and I'm expecting Sato and Button to go well here. Button really needs to raise his game though, because at the moment I really don't see him outdriving Sato, especially in the last race, and he's certainly lucked into the results in both Monaco and at the Nurburgring. But at the moment, what Montoya is saying about Sato winning before Button could come true if Sato just gets some better reliability from that Honda engine. I'm also expecting Williams to go well, even though their pace is slighty off the BAR, they should be above Renault because of the thumping BMW engine, both Ralf and Montoya have so, so records here but you can certainly never discount Montoya if there's even the slightest hint of finishing a position higher. Renault will struggle because of their underpowered engine and it'll be interesting to see if Trulli can continue his dismantling of Alonso which has REALLY been abit of a surprise this season. As for McLaren, they'll do well to do 15 laps in the race, this is a power circuit (which the Merc engine lacks) and as such is heaver on the engines... ultimately 2 conditions that those Merc engines don't excel at. Either way... should be a good race, with the potential for an upset. 1st practice is due to start at 4pm GMT+1 (or 5 minutes time) so those that are interested can watch the timing here http://www.formula1.com/ Thoughts?