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Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Canadian Grand Prix F1 circuit guide

The Canadian Grand Prix will make its way back to Formula 1 in 2021 after its cancellation last season.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve first appeared on the Formula 1 calendar back in 1978, and minus 1987, 2009 and 2020, it has been a part of the Formula 1 calendar ever since.

Originally known as the Île Notre-Dame Circuit, it was renamed to its current identity in honour of Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve, who was tragically killed during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.

It gives the impression of being a permanent circuit but it is constructed each year for the grand prix, adjacent to what was the Olympic Rowing basin and close to the site of the 1967 World Fair.

It is part-permanent and part street circuit, with a mixture of slow and fast corners plus some very quick barrier-lined straights.

And when it comes to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, there is nothing more iconic than the 'Wall of Champions'.

Drivers exit a sharp chicane onto the main straight, but the consequence of getting it wrong is a trip into this wall which has claimed countless high-profile names over the years.

Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button are just a sample of its victims.

All in all the track consists of 14 turns and is 4.361 km in length. The event serves as a home race for both Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi.

Under its current deal the race is secure until at least 2029.

Canadian Grand Prix F1 circuit information

The Circuit Gilles Villeuneuve may be part street circuit, but don't be fooled, this is one of the fastest laps on the Formula 1 calendar.

Drivers need the front-end of their cars to be full responsive as they turn in to the tight and technical corners, while a stable rear is just as important to avoid clipping the barriers which line the circuit - there is no margin for error.

Without doubt one of the most challenging sections of Formula 1 racing, the back straight is halted by a right-to-left chicane, and if drivers avoid the 'Wall of Champions' upon exit, they may join the main straight to begin another iconic lap.

Turn 1 - The main straight curves slightly to the right before drivers close DRS and sweep left into Turn 1.

Turn 2 (Virage Senna) - Apply the brakes a little further to make it around this right-hander and watch out for cars exiting the pits to your left.

Turn 3/4 - The first chicane of the lap, make sure to nail your exit or you're in the wall.

Turn 5 - A flat out curve to the right.

Turn 6 - Brake hard into this tight left, it's grass ahead if you get it wrong.

Turn 7 - Quickly drivers arrive at this right, it's vital to keep the rear of the car under control to avoid clipping the wall.

Turn 8/9 - Another chicane, but this time speed is key and the barriers remain right up to kerbs to punish anyone to takes a little too much throttle.

Turn 10 (L'Epingle) - Drivers build up their speed again into the biggest breaking point of this circuit into this hairpin. A favourite overtaking spot for the brave.

Turn 11 - Not really a corner, just a slight adjustment left.

Turn 12 - Again, minimal adjustment as drivers thunder down the Casino Straight.

Turn 13/14 - And then for the iconic chicane of this circuit, excused only if you are entering the pits. Nail this chicane and you're onto the main straight, fluff your lines and it's a date with the 'Wall of Champions'.

Canada schedule: 2021 Canadian Grand Prix

Friday, June 11, FP1: 1130-1230

Friday, June 11, FP2: 1500-1600

Saturday, June 12, FP3: 1100-1200

Saturday, June 12, Qualifying: 1400

Sunday, June 13, Race: 1400

(local times)

Canadian Grand Prix tickets: how to get them for the big race

People who had purchased tickets to the 2020 Canadian Grand Prix were given the choice to retain their ticket for the 2021 race, or claim a refund.

Tickets are not yet on sale for the 2021 Canadian Grand Prix, but Official Ticket Packages can be purchased from F1 Experiences.

For regular tickets, the likes of the Formula 1 website and grandprixevents.com are asking for fans to fill out a contact form so that they can be given all the information once it becomes available.

Canadian Grand Prix ticket lowdown: things to note

There are plenty of grandstands at the the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where fans can watch the pick of the action.

It isn't cheap, but grandstand 1 is the place to be for fans who want to watch as the drivers emerge from the final chicane and power down the main straight.

If you are after a cracking view of Turns 1 and 2, then plonk yourself in grandstand 11 or 12.

There is a nice family grandstand at the first chicane, but don't mistake this for a spot of limited action, several drivers have come unstuck here in recent years - just ask Sebastian Vettel after the controversy of 2019.

Grandstand 31 has you covered for the next high-speed chicane, While there is plenty of choice down at the hairpin - if it's overtaking you want to see, then this is the place to be.

Grandstand 21 is situated on the entrance, while number 15 will give you a head-on view of the hairpin.

The Lance Stroll grandstand along with numbers 34, 46 and 47 are best placed to watch the drivers on their exit as they head for the Casino Straight.

Canadian Grand Prix directions: how to get there

From Montreal City Centre the track is easily accessible - the underground metro line runs to the Ile St. Helen, just a 300-metre walk from the circuit.

If you are travelling to the race via plane, then there are quick and easy links to the International Mirabel airport. And Montreal has plenty of restaurants and hotels.

The 15, 767 and 777 buses all have routes that pass close to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

There is no parking directly at the circuit, so if you need to drive, it's best to leave your car in the suburbs and use another form of transport to reach the circuit.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve address:

Parc Jean-Drapeau,

Montréal

QC H3C 6A1

Canada

Canadian Grand Prix history, memorable races and past winners

The Canadian Grand Prix originally took place at Mosport Park and then Circuit Mont-Tremblant before moving to its current location.

As with many venues on the Formula 1 calendar, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been a happy hunting ground for Ferrari who have won 14 times here.

It is one of their former drivers, the legendary Michael Schumacher who shares the record for individual success here with Lewis Hamilton who both have seven victories to their respective names.

And this is a venue woven into the fabric of Formula 1 thanks to the catalogue of iconic moments it has provided us with.

Nobody will ever forget the year 1999 when Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all hit the 'Wall of Champions' in the same race.

Or the marathon that was the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix - the longest race in F1 history at four hours and four minutes, Jenson Button went all the way from last to claim victory, capitalising on Sebastian Vettel's last-lap error.

Button joins an extensive list of Formula 1 legends who have taken to the top step of the podium here.

Drivers with most wins

Michael Schumacher - 7 wins (1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2003, 2004)

Lewis Hamilton - 7 wins (2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Nelson Piquet - 3 wins (1982, 1984, 1991)

Tied for 2 wins - Pedro Rodriguez (1963, 1964), Jacky Ickx (1969, 1970), Jackie Stewart (1971, 1972), Alan Jones (1979, 1980), Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990), Sebastian Vettel (2013, 2018)

Teams with most wins

Ferrari - 14 wins (1963, 1964, 1970, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2018)

McLaren - 13 wins (1968, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Williams - 7 wins (1979, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2001)

Brabham - 4 wins (1967, 1969, 1982, 1984)

Mercedes - 4 wins (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Last 10 race wins

2019 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2018 - Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

2017 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2016 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2015 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2014 - Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull

2013 - Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull

2012 - Lewis Hamilton, McLaren

2011 - Jenson Button, McLaren

2010 - Lewis Hamilton, McLaren

Canadian Grand Prix F1 circuit fastest lap

The race lap record at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is held by Valtteri Bottas. The Mercedes man set a blistering 1:13.078 during the 2019 race, on the penultimate lap (69). The Finn would finish that race P4 though having been stuck behind both Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo at different stages.

Instead it was his team-mate Lewis Hamilton who took the win that day after Sebastian Vettel was stripped of it for being judged to have impeded the Mercedes man after he rejoined the track following an error.

Canadian Grand Prix F1 circuit: what the drivers say

Max Verstappen: "Across all of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve I think the last chicane is really important to get right. You arrive at such high speed so when you hit the braking point the brakes can be a bit cold which means you have to be careful and get it right every time.

"This will also set you up for the exit where you come very close to the wall, it is important not to brush it as you can damage the rim. A millimetre or centimetre doesn’t make too much difference, just don’t touch the wall."

Canadian Grand Prix Schedule June 11-13

Practice 1 11 Jun 2021 11:30 AM
Practice 2 11 Jun 2021 3:00 PM
Practice 3 12 Jun 2021 11:00 AM
Qualifying 1 12 Jun 2021 2:00 PM
Qualifying 2 12 Jun 2021 2:00 PM
Qualifying 3 12 Jun 2021 2:00 PM
Race 13 Jun 2021 2:00 PM