Round seven of the 2015 season takes us to Montreal and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The circuit was originally Île Notre-Dame Circuit and opened in 1978. The circuit was renamed Gilles Villeneuve after he was killed at Zolder during the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.
Montreal circuit is a mix of high speed straights and corners with unforgiving walls on both sides. Most notably the ‘wall of champions’ after Villeneuve son Jacques, Michael Schumacher both crashed into the wall during 1999 event. Jenson Button holds the title of the only champion to crash into the wall before being champion.
Mercedes look strongest and with Lewis Hamilton’s ability to win here he will be the favourite to win the race this weekend. But expect Ferrari to be pushing to beat them.
Facts and figures
|Race||Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2015|
|Venue||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve|
|Circuit Length||4.361 km (2.709 mi)|
|Race Distance||305.270 km (189.694 mi)|
|Lap Record||Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari F2004, 01:13.622 2004|
|Most wins drivers||Michael Schumacher (7)|
|Most wins manufacture||Ferrari, McLaren (13)|
2014 Race Data
|Fastest P1 time||Fastest P2 time||Fastest P3 Time||Pole position time||Race Time||Fastest Lap|
2011 – Jenson button wins on the last lap of the rain hit race. The race was the longest in history running to 04:04:39.537
2007 – Lewis Hamilton wins his first Grand Prix. Meanwhile Robert Kubia crashes out in dramatic style
1999 – Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher both crash into the wall on the exit of turn earning it the name ‘The wall of champions’