PREVIEW: Marvellous Montreal

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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)
Laps 70
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)


Event timetable

  Local BST GMT
P1 1000-1130 1500-1630 1400-1530
P2 1400-1530 1900-2030 1800-1930
P3 1000-1100 1500-1600 1400-1500
Qualifying  1300-1400 1800-1900 1700-1800
Race 1400-1600 1900-2100 1800-2000


2014 Race Data

Fastest P1 time Fastest P2 time Fastest P3 Time Pole position time Race Time Fastest Lap
01:17.238 01:16.118 01:15.610 01:15.989 01:39:18.640 01:18.504



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’


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