Canadian Grand Prix Facts & Stats & Old Photos

Facts and statistics ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, Round 7 of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Île Notre-Dame in Montreal.

Although the venues are vastly different, there is one significant carryover from the Monaco Grand Prix that is applicable for the Canadian Grand Prix – tires. The same tire lineup from supplier Pirelli that was used in Monaco will be used in Montreal – Red supersoft, Purple ultrasoft and Pink hypersoft.

Tight corners and unforgiving walls are a hallmark of both tracks, but Montreal is quite a bit quicker than Monaco, making those tight corners even harder to navigate and placing an additional premium on brake performance.

While both tracks have a stop-and-go nature, the speeds achieved on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve stress the brakes on two fronts – harder usage and less time between corners for the brakes to cool.

And one section of particular renown – the Wall of Champions on the track’s final chicane – has made many a world champion feel like a world chump!

It’s a challenging layout offset by Montreal’s charm, a juxtaposition highlighted by the wheel-to-wheel racing amid the remnants of Expo 67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Where medals were earned by Olympians from around the globe more than 40 years ago, Grosjean and Magnussen will put the pedal to the metal in an effort to further distance themselves from Monaco.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

  • Total number of race laps: 70
  • Complete race distance: 305.270 kilometers (189.686 miles)
  • Pit lane speed limit: 80 kph (50 mph)
  • This 4.361-kilometer (2.710-mile), 14-turn circuit has hosted Formula One since 1978, with last year’s Canadian Grand Prix serving as the venue’s 38th grand prix.
  • Rubens Barrichello holds the race lap record at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1:13.622), set in 2004 with Scuderia Ferrari.
  • Lewis Hamilton holds the qualifying lap record at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1:11.459), set last year in Q3 with Mercedes.

Known for its tricky hairpin corners and long straights, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is also known for its “Wall of Champions”.

Located at the end of a very long, high-speed straight, the track’s final chicane (turns 13-14) has ensnared many drivers over the years, most notably in 1999 when three world champions – Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill – all crashed in this spot. “Wall of Champions” was born, with its nearly non-existent runoff area consisting of a small curb and a narrow strip of asphalt.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of four Formula One locations with ties to the Olympics, as its back straight runs adjacent to the Olympic rowing basin used during the 1976 Summer Olympics.

The Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya was the site of the start/finish line for the road team time trial cycling event when Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics. Sochi, site of the Russian Grand Prix, hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. And the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, in which the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is located, hosted numerous events during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

The Circuit is located in Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, named after the Montreal mayor who twice served the city, from 1954 to 1957 and again from 1960 to 1986. Drapeau organized Expo 67, which was Canada’s main celebration during its centennial year.

The circuit lies on Notre Dame Island, a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River that was built up for Expo 67. The neighbouring Saint Helen’s Island was artificially enlarged to accommodate the fairgrounds and still holds a prominent remnant from Expo 67 – the Biosphere, which can be seen regularly during television coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix.

During the course of the Canadian Grand Prix, lows will range from 12-13 degrees Celsius (54-56 degrees Fahrenheit) to highs of 21-23 degrees Celsius (69-74 degrees Fahrenheit).

Relative humidity ranges from 46 percent (comfortable) to 87 percent (very humid), with a dew point varying from 6 degrees Celsius/43 degrees Fahrenheit (dry) to 17 degrees Celsius/63 degrees Fahrenheit (mildly humid).

The dew point is rarely below 0 degrees Celsius/32 degrees Fahrenheit (dry) or above 20 degrees Celsius/69 degrees Fahrenheit (muggy).

Typical wind speeds vary from 2-11 kph/1-7 mph (light air to light breeze), rarely exceeding 14 kph/9 mph (gentle breeze).

Statistics for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix:

  • Lap distance: 4.361km. Total distance: 305.270km (70 laps)
  • 2017 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes one minute 11.459 seconds.
  • 2017 winner: Hamilton
  • Race lap record: 1:13.622. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari, 2004.
  • Start time: 1710GMT (1410 local)

Grand Prix Victories

  • Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have won two races each from the first six.
  • This is only the third time in Formula One history that three teams have shared the first six races equally. The other occasions were 1987 and 1977.
  • Hamilton has 64 victories from 214 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher (91). Vettel has 49, Ricciardo seven.
  • Ferrari have won 231 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 78 and Red Bull 57. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

Pole Position

  • Hamilton has a record 74 career poles, Vettel 53.
  • Max Verstappen, at 20 years old, can still become the youngest ever pole-sitter this season. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at the age of 21 years and 72 days.

Podiums

  • Hamilton has 122 career podiums and is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (155). Vettel has 102, Kimi Raikkonen 94.

Championship Points

  • Hamilton has had a record 31 successive scoring finishes to date, going back to Malaysia 2016 when he last drew a blank. He leads Vettel by 14 points.
  • Mercedes are 22 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.
  • Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) is the only driver on the starting grid yet to score a point in his career.
  • Haas’s Romain Grosjean has yet to open his account for 2018 and including last season the Frenchman has not scored for 10 races in a row.

Canadian Grand Prix

  • Hamilton has won six times in Montreal (in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017), including the first of his career, and is now chasing his fourth in a row to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Canadian wins.
  • The Briton can also beat the record he currently shares with Schumacher of six poles in Montreal.
  • Fernando Alonso, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Vettel are also previous winners in Canada. Ricciardo’s first win in F1 was in Montreal in 2014. Raikkonen shares the record for fastest laps in Canada (four) with Schumacher.
  • Ferrari last won in Montreal, a circuit named after their late great Gilles Villeneuve, in 2004 with Schumacher.
  • The rain-hit Canadian Grand Prix of 2011 was Formula One’s longest race, lasting four hours, four minutes and 39.537 seconds. The safety car was deployed six times, another record.
  • The circuit is particularly tough on brakes, with cars slowing from 320kph to 150 in just 1.6 seconds into the ‘Wall of Champions’ chicane.
  • Canadian Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 in Canada last year.

Milestones

  • Ricciardo’s win in Monaco came in Red Bull’s 250th start.
  • Vettel can take his 50th win on Sunday.
  • McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is celebrating his 300th race entered, although it will be his 298th actual start.
  • McLaren are marking the 50th anniversary of the team’s first win, by founder Bruce McLaren in Belgium on June 9, 1968.

Additional Source: Haas F1 Media