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Published by Christine

The Canadian Grand Prix is just a couple of hours away now, and the timing is such that we can follow all the build-up from drivers and teams without sacrificing our own Sunday morning lie-in. From the very first moments of waking up, we're seeing an unprecedented amount of behind the scenes facts and photos, as Formula One gets ready for another fabulous day at the office.

First to catch the eye was Fernando Alonso, who captured the slow devouring of his breakfast by the means of Vine - the six-second video app that is perfect for those of a short-attention disposition. Max Chilton also shared his first-thing thoughts by taking a peek out of his window, and finding some surprisingly blue skies!

Blue skies over Canada
Blue skies over CanadaCredit: @maxchilton

Three drivers are waking up this morning with the knowledge that they have grid penalties affecting their starting position for the coming race.

Revised Starting Grid
DriverQualifyingGrid
K Räikkönen910
D Ricciardo1011
R Grosjean1922

Romain Grosjean has known about his for two weeks, after crashing into the back of Daniel Ricciardo in Monaco. The Toro Rosso driver has his own troubles this week, as he finds himself, along with Kimi Räikkönen, demoted two places due to sitting in a third queue at the end of the pit exit during qualifying.

The revised starting grid sees Räikkönen line up directly in front of Sergio Pérez - his new worst enemy. The pair have been having a war of words since a collision in Monaco, and the Lotus team are making their own emergency preparations.

As the teams make their way towards the circuit, the weather is a real point of focus. So far this weekend it's been changeable throughout almost every session. It looks like the race could be more of the same.

#F1 race day Canada: Dry start, cloudy but increasing sunny periods. Warming up too, but possibility of developing showers PM. Max temp 23c.

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Access to the Montreal paddock is via a rather low-placed floating bridge that crosses the many stretches of water that surround the Île-Notre Dame.

Nico Rosberg enters the Canadian paddock
Nico Rosberg enters the Canadian paddock

It's a beautiful and unusual way of getting to the paddock - a bit of peace and serenity before the madness of an F1 session. It also creates quite a lot of photo opportunities, as the team members are a captive subject as they make their way in to start work for the day.

Mercedes made a note of the perils of having this kind of access, though, as they took a good look at the water levels this morning.

Force India have had slightly mixed fortunes so far this weekend. They've got one driver starting in the top ten, as Adrian Sutil managed to secure himself an eighth place grid slot. Paul di Resta was less impressed with the decisions taken by the pit wall in qualifying (again), and he dropped out in Q1 (again). The team will be looking for a good result this weekend, as they celebrate their 100th race in Formula One. They've even got a hashtag for it.

A very good morning - or afternoon, wherever you are! - to all our #BestFans! We are ready, we are excited - it's #SFI100 today!

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The cars are kept in parc fermé conditions overnight, with very minimal work allowed on them between qualifying and the start of the race. Grosjean may opt to start from the pit lane, as he is at the rear of the field anyway, and that would mean more work could be done on the Lotus. For the rest of the pack, the cars are wrapped up safely overnight, to be unveiled again in the morning.

The Williams car under parc fermé conditions
The Williams car under parc fermé conditionsCredit: @dickiestanford

Whilst the cars are under wraps, preparations continue around the track. The marshalling in Canada has not always been top notch, in fact there are several occasions where it has been laughable. The image of a marshall slipping over the wall in Canada and falling down sticks in my memory, and makes me chuckle each time I think of it.

Well, the race organisers don't want to be the punchline for any more jokes, and they're putting their marshalls through some strict wall-climbing training!

Putting the marshalls through their paces
Putting the marshalls through their pacesCredit: @f1paddockpass

Leaping over walls seems like a decent way to pass the time until the race begins. Gradually, the covers will come off the cars, the mechanics will start to busy themselves with last minute preparations, and the action can begin proper.