PREVIEW – Canadian Grand Prix


Round seven of the season sees Formula One head to the city of Montreal and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the 2.7 mile street style circuit is on an island in the middle of the St Lawrence Seaway has provided many dramas over the years because of the narrow street style.

The circuit gives drivers better overtaking opportunities than most street circuits, as the track is about the normal width of a normal circuit. Montreal is well known for the final corner known as  the Wall of Champions. The name emerged in 1999 after Villeneuve son Jacques, Michael Schumacher both crashed into the wall during.

This circuit has thrown up some surprises including the only win for Sabuer with Robert Kubica in 2008, but that maybe due to the retirements of Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton after they collided in the pit lane. Hamilton has been king here through-out his career with five wins and can he make it six and three back to back wins in Montreal.

Montreal was also the setting for the longest Grand Prix in 2011, wet weather caused lengthy delays. Button started from fourth behind his team-mate Lewis Hamilton but the two made contact on the start finish straight, dropping him to last. Button then was last but miraculously was running second when Sebastian Vettel made a mistake on the last lap of the race.

So 2017 with Lance Stroll on the grid the first Canadian in a decade can Montreal deliver another cracker this season?

Facts and figures

Venue Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec
Circuit Length 4.361km (2.709 mi)
Laps 70
Race Distance 305.270 km (189.694 mi)
Lap Record 1:13.622 (Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 2004)
Most wins drivers Michael Schumacher (7)
Most wins manufacture Ferrari
McLaren (13)

Event timetable

  Local BST
P1 10:00-11:30 16:00-17:30
P2 14:00-15:30 20:00-21:30
P3 10:00-11:00 16:00-17:00
Qualifying  13:00-14:00 19:00-20:00
Race 13:00 19:00

What happened in 2016?

Lewis Hamilton held off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to take his sixth victory in Montreal. The German piled the pressure on Hamilton early on following what he said was “another really bad start.” This also lead to more contact with team-mate Nico Rosberg, who had more issues later in the race when he spun off under braking.

Jenson Button’s McLaren, which suffered an engine failure on lap 10 bringing out the safety car. This aided Hamilton allowing him to make a one stop race and come out thirteen seconds ahead of Vettel.

Full Race Report Full Result Google Collection

2016 vs 2015 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2016 01:14.755 01:14.212 01:13.919 01:14.030 01:13.076 01:12.812 01:31:05.269 01:14.755
Diff -01.457 -01.776 -01.741 -01.863 -01.585 -01.581 -47.876 -01:37.768
2015 01:16.212 01:15.988 01:15.660 01:15.893 01:14.661 01:14.393 01:31:53.145 01:16.987

Data Profile

A lap of … L. Hamilton 01:12.812

Lewis Hamilton comes out of turn fourteen and heads through the centre of the start straight, before lining himself up through the kink after the start line. Breaks a 100m before Turn One on the inside going down through the gears crosses the apex then back to the outside for the long Turn Two. Runs to the outside on exit. Breaks 150-100m for Turn Three and Four, he hits the kerb before running to the inside.

Crosses the track twice through five and accelerates, before breaking on the outside for Six. Takes a bit of kerb on entry and crosses mid corner to accelerate on exit. Stays on the outside of the track running down towards Eight and Nine. Breaks 100m before on the outside of the circuit, goes to the inside then outside.

Builds speed on his way to L ‘Epingle hairpin, breaks going into before crossing to run around the apex. On exit he runs straight through Turn Eleven building speed, in eighth gear as he runs along the Casino Straight. Gets up to over 300kph, before breaking 150m before thirteen hits the apex in third gear before crossing the chicane. Runs close the Wall of Champions, as he opens the car up along the straight crossing the line with a 01:12.812.


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