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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands leads at the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, June 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

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As Formula 1 fans worldwide gear up for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, June 18, the focus is clearly on Red Bull's Max Verstappen. The Dutchman, winner of the last three races including a dominant 24-second victory over Lewis Hamilton in Spain, is the clear favorite with -300 odds. Verstappen's incredible form puts him on a path to claim his third consecutive driver championship.

Sergio Perez, Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull and the only other race winner in 2023, is expected to pose a strong challenge. Despite a disappointing fourth-place finish in Spain, Perez's odds sit at an attractive +450.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, a name synonymous with the sport, is also in the mix despite a tough start to the year. The introduction of major upgrades to his car saw him secure a surprising second-place finish in Spain. With these improvements showing potential, Hamilton's odds are at a tempting +1200.

Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso, who endured his worst finish of the season (seventh) in Spain, is still a top contender. Currently third in the World Championship, Alonso is given +1600 odds to take the victory in Montreal.

George Russell, Hamilton's Mercedes teammate, secured third place in Spain and is presented with +2000 odds for the upcoming race.

The Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, complete the list of top contenders with +3300 and +4000 odds respectively.

The Canadian Grand Prix takes place over 70 laps of the 4.361-kilometer Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal. The circuit has hosted the race since 1978 and is well-known for its high-speed straights and tight hairpin turn. The lap record, set by Valtteri Bottas in 2019, stands at 1:13.078.

In the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, Verstappen claimed victory with Carlos Sainz of Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes completing the podium. George Russell of Mercedes and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari rounded out the top five.

With Verstappen seemingly unstoppable, Hamilton showing signs of a comeback, and Perez and Alonso waiting for their chance, the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix promises to be an exhilarating event. Tune in June 18 to see how this chapter in the Formula 1 saga unfolds.

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