Canadian GP

Montreal

11/06

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Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal

Laid out on the perimeter roads of the artificial island of Notre Dame, the 4.361 kilometre Montreal track, usually delivers exciting racing. To go quickly here, drivers need to brush the walls and once in a while, someone takes it too far. That has led to the barrier on the outside of the final turn being nicknamed the “wall of champions,” as it claimed many champions who got it wrong. The Safety Car nearly always has to put in an appearance here, because of a virtual lack of run off areas. Brakes get a really hard time at this track. Good traction is vital, while the very long straight that runs from the hairpin to the final chicane before the line, highlights engine performance. Scuderia Ferrari has won 11 times in Canada, ten of those in Montreal. The first of those was unforgettable, going to local hero Gilles Villeneuve. This was also the venue for Jean Alesi’s one and only win, on his 31st birthday in 1995. Schumacher was first past the flag six times.

The hairpin
The way one tackles this corner determines top speed down the following straight, so it’s a key point to attack, but also to defend, given that those behind can use the DRS. Good traction is the important element here.

The final chicane
The least that can happen if you get it wrong here is that you are slow onto the straight, but the worst case scenario sees you end up in the famous Champions’ Wall, bringing out the Safety Car, which is a regular visitor here.

Canadian Grand Prix in numbers

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Historic Standings from 1978
Race wins
Pole Positions
Fastest Laps
Podium

The Track

Turns

Max speed

DRS

Sectors

Circuit length
4.361 m
Lap record
1:13.622
R.Barrichello 2004
1970 Ickx 312 B
1978 Villeneuve 312 T3
1983 Arnoux 126 C2
1985 Alboreto 156-85
1995 Alesi 412 T2
1997 Schumacher F310 B
1998 Schumacher F300
2000 Schumacher F1-2000
2002 Schumacher F2002
2003 Schumacher F2003-GA
2004 Schumacher F2004
1982 Pironi 126 C2
1983 Arnoux 126 C2
1997 Schumacher F310 B
1999 Schumacher F399
2000 Schumacher F1-2000
2001 Schumacher F2001
1970 Regazzoni 126 C2
1974 Lauda 312 B3-1974
1982 Pironi 126 C2
1983 Tambay 126 C2
1998 Schumacher F300
1999 Irvine F399
2004 Schumacher F2004
2008 Raikkonen F2008
2015 Raikkonen SF15-T