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MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 18: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving (55) the Ferrari SF-23 and Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 battle for track position at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

Canadian Grand Prix race day Sunday sold out already

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 18: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving (55) the Ferrari SF-23 and Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 battle for track position at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

If you want an admission ticket to the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix on 9 June you can forget about it, there are none available with only Friday and Saturday tickets on offer on the official ticket booking website.

In other words with all tickets almost sold out you have a better chance of winning at PayPal Casino Canada than watching the action on Sunday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, on the Ile Notre Dame in Montreal.

Daily Hive reports: “The high demand for [Canadian] Grand Prix tickets is not a total surprise, though, due to the massive turnout we saw at the event last June. Despite a fairly rainy weekend, the 2023 race scored the best-ever attendance in the event’s history, when 345,000 race fans attended the three days.”

Despite Max Verstappen and Red Bull dominance, the race in Canada mirrors what is happening with other venues, with tickets selling fast well in advance of GP weekends as F1 is the place to be when in town.

In 2023, Verstappen won the 52nd Canadian Grand Prix, topping a star-studded podium that included Aston Martin legend Fernando Alonso (P2) and seven-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton (P1) sending local fans happy and knowing they had witnessed history.

The first Canadian Grand Prix was won by local hero Gilles Villeuves

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Speaking of which, Canada has a long history with F1 dating back to the 1967 debut race at Mosport Park won by Jack Brabham driving the car he built, namely a Brabham. The race was held eight times at the venue.

It was also hosted twice at Mont-Tremblant (1968 and 1970) a track now owned by Canadian billionaire and Aston Martin boss Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance is Canada’s only driver on the F1 grid.

In 1978, with local hero Gilles Villeneuve taking the F1 world by storm, driving for Ferrari he won the first ever race held at the Montreal venue. after his death in 1982 the circuit was named after him and remains a monument to his legacy that was cut short when it was set to peak.

Jacques Villeneuve, his son, went on to win the 1997 F1 World Championship title and is the country’s only F1 World Champion.

The 2024 Canadian GP will be the 43rd running of the race at the former Exp centre on a manmade island and is one of the most high-profile sporting events on the Montreal sporting calendar. This year’s race is Round 9 of the 2024 FIA F1 World Championship, in between the Monaco GP (May 26) and Spanish GP (June 23).

As of writing, Friday rickets for FP1 and FP2 are still available at $110 per head. Saturday tickets for FP3 and Qualifying can still be bought at $170 each. But for how long?

Canadian Grand Prix Fast Facts

Aerial view over the Circuit Ile Notre Dame, situated on a man-made island in the centre of the St. Lawrence River in Montreal.Montreal, Canada, 2002.DIGITAL IMAGE

When was the Montreal track built?
Notre Dame Island in the middle of the St Lawrence River was manmade for the 1967 Expo 67 World’s Fair. Once the expo and the ensuing 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics had left town, it was decided to build a race track out of the island’s roads. Thus the Circuit Ile Notre-Dame came to be.

When was the first Grand Prix held at the venue?
With the Canadian Grand Prix having been in search of a permanent home for a number of years in the sixties and seventies after a near-decade stint at Mosport, the Circuit Ile Notre-Dame first hosted the race in 1978. F1 legend, you could not script, has it that Gilles Villeneuve claimed his maiden F1 win, at the track that would end up bearing his name.

Why do drivers like the track so much?
The fast, low-downforce track is a favourite among F1 drivers’. The track is stop-start, with lots of heavy-braking chicanes and the famous hairpin to get the brakes steaming. Out of the corners, though, the track is quick and flowing, while the most iconic piece of the circuit comes right at the end of the lap: the Wall of Champions, so-called after excursions into it from Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher during the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

Why attend the Canadian Grand Prix?
Locals from Montreal really embrace their F1 weekend, with the charming city turning into a Grand Prix-loving party town in the week leading up to the race. For the Grand Prix itself, the leafy setting makes the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve one of Formula 1’s most laidback venues.

Finally, the best place to watch the action on GP weekend?
Get out to either Grandstand 15, 21 or 24, the three that surround the hairpin. It makes for a real amphitheatre vibe down there, as well as allowing you to see all the hairpin overtakes and the big power slides up the lon straight.