Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

With Sebastian Vettel on pole and Ferrari at the front of the grid too, today’s 2011 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix is set to be one of the most thrilling races of the year. Vettel is poised to take his sixth victory from seven starts but Ferrari, desperate for a win, will definitely be pushing hard.

The Italian racing marque is in its best position to secure a victory for the first time this season, with Fernando Alonso starting at second on the grid and his teammate Felipe Massa starting at third.

Now, throw in a wet track and you’ve one got a recipe for excitement. That’s right. Conditions are currently cloudy in Montreal, with some rain forecast for later in the day. The temperature is currently 15 degrees but humidity is up 82 percent.

The wet conditions are certainly a concern for drivers, as the long straights of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve track mean speeds are going to be much higher than usual. In fact, the race cars will likely be running with a low-downforce setup to make the most of the extremely long straights.

We only have to look back a few years to see what can happen when things go horribly wrong at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Look out for our full race coverage tomorrow.