Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of the least successful hunting grounds for Red Bull. Not only has Sebastian Vettel never won a grand prix in Canada, Mark Webber has only been on the podium once although he clearly does not remember the occasion.
Webber claimed erroneously in the team’s preview, “I haven’t been on the podium [in Montreal] yet, so I need to sort that out.”
Incorrect. Webber was third in the 2011 Canadian GP, evidently a fact also overlooked by the Red Bull media department who issued the preview press release.
He added, “Canada is a really good race. It’s a popular grand prix for fans and drivers; the fans are very passionate and it’s always an interesting grand prix because it’s another street circuit. There are some very good restaurants in Montreal, the whole city stops for the race and the atmosphere is a bit more traditional, I would say.
“I remember when [Nigel] Mansell retired on the last lap when he was in the lead. Also when Jean Alesi won his only race there, that was good,” Webber recalled.
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