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The Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal

The Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal takes place this year from 16 to 18 June. Before that, the F1 teams were at the Grand Prix of Barcelona - Spain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. After the Canadian race, it's on to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg-Austria.

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The history of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix

The roots of the Canadian Grand Prix go back to 1967, when the first race was held at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. The race was won by the legendary Jack Brabham, who had already won two Formula One world titles at the time. In the following years, the race was held at various tracks before finally finding its permanent home at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in 1978.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, named after Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve who tragically died in an accident during the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, has been the home of the Canadian Grand Prix ever since. The circuit features fast straights, tight corners and challenging sections that demand everything from drivers.

Michael Schumacher, who later became the record world champion, celebrated his first victory in Formula 1 here in 1994. It was the start of an impressive career that made him one of the most successful drivers of all time. Schumacher won the Canadian Grand Prix a total of seven times, illustrating his special connection to this circuit.

In 2020 and 2021, the Canadian Grand Prix was cancelled due to the Corona pandemic.

The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is a temporary racetrack for motorsport events and is located on Île Notre-Dame in the Canadian city of Montréal. It was named on 12 June 1982 in honour of the Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve.

The track runs across Île Notre-Dame, a man-made island in the St Lawrence River. When there are no races, parts of the track are opened to public traffic.

Due to its location on this elongated island, the course offers fast sections with long straights. The course is 4.361 km long and is run in a clockwise direction.

A total of 305.270 km will be covered in 70 laps.

Few changes have been made to the circuit since its inception in 1978. The most significant modifications were the relocation of the start-finish line and pit lane in 1987, which are now located at the end of the Droit du Casino straight rather than behind the hairpin Épingle des Stands. In addition, the pit exit was changed for the 2002 season. It now no longer leads into the first corner, but into the following hairpin Virage de Senna (formerly known as Épingle de l'île).

Winner of the Canadian Grand Prix

2022Max Verstappen
2021No race
2020No race
2019Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2018Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2017Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2016Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault)
2013Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
2012Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
2011Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)
2010Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
2009No race
2008Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber)
2007Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
2006Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2005Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes)
2004Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2003Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2002Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2001Ralf Schumacher (Williams-BMW)
2000Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
1999Mika Häkkinen (McLaren-Mercedes)
1998Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
1997Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
1996Damon Hill (Williams-Renault)
1995Jean Alesi (Ferrari)
1994Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Ford Cosworth)
1993Alain Prost (Williams-Renault)
1992Gerhard Berger (McLaren-Honda)
1991Nelson Piquet (Benetton-Ford Cosworth)
1990Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda)
1989Thierry Boutsen (Williams-Renault)
1988Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda)
1987No race
1986Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda)
1985Michele Alboreto (Ferrari)
1984Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW)
1983René Arnoux (Ferrari)
1982Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW)
1981Jacques Laffite (Ligier-Matra)
1980Alan Jones (Williams-Ford Cosworth)
1979Alan Jones (Williams-Ford Cosworth)
1978Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari)
1977Jody Scheckter (McLaren-Ford Cosworth)
1976James Hunt (McLaren-Ford Cosworth)
1975No race
1974Emerson Fittipaldi (McLaren-Ford Cosworth)
1973Peter Revson (McLaren-Ford Cosworth)
1972Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth)
1971Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth)
1970Jacky Ickx (Ferrari)
1969Jacky Ickx (Brabham-Ford Cosworth)
1968Denis Hulme (McLaren-Ford Cosworth)
1967Jack Brabham (Brabham-Repco)

Best performances at the Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit

The pole position in the Canadian Grand Prix was achieved 6 times each by Michael Schumacher of Germany and Lewis Hamilton of the United Kingdom.

In terms of number of wins at the Montreal GP, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton also lead the way. Both have won the title 7 times, sharing the record for the most wins in Canada.

The current lap record is held by Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas. In 2019, he clocked an impressive lap time of 1:13.078 in his Mercedes.

The absolute fastest lap so far at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit was set by Germany's Sebastian Vettel. In 2019 qualifying, he managed to set a record time of 1:10.240 in his Ferrari.

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