The Canadian Grand Prix was skipped both in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic. However, it returns to the schedule this weekend at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve near Montreal. The 4,31 km circuit is not going to be smooth sailing, especially for teams that are still struggling to get their bouncing/porpoising under control. But with two DRS zones and a long straight, you can expect plenty of overtakes throughout the race.
Looking forward to the Canadian GP this weekend? Here are a few fast facts you should know about the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve.
1. Plenty of Overtaking Opportunities
The Canadian Grand Prix has more overtaking opportunities than many of the other tracks on the F1 calendar. With a long straight and two DRS zones, you can expect impressive overtakes throughout the circuit. This means that race pace will be incredibly important, so keep an eye out for Red Bull and Mercedes.
2. McLaren Heritage
McLaren may look like a shaky midfield team now, but they have had some massive success in Canada. The Woking based team has won this race 13 times during its history, with Hamilton delivering the last three during his stint with the team.
3. Hamilton’s First GP Win
The Canadian Grand Prix will be a celebratory weekend for McLaren, Mercedes, and the legend himself, Lewis Hamilton. This is because Hamilton took his first-ever race win in Canada back in 2007. This was almost exactly 15 years ago during his rookie season in Formula 1.
4. Two Home Drivers
The Canadian Grand Prix will be the official home race for two drivers in the Paddock. These being the billionaire drivers Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi. While they will be in high spirits this weekend, both Aston Martin and Williams are not expected to challenge for the podium positions.
5. Wall of Champions
While many F1 legends have all taken victory in Canada, they have also managed to have a few crashes here as well. What makes this even more interesting is that they all have crashed into the same wall, making it known as the Wall of Champions.
Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, and Jacque Villeneuve have all managed to end their races at the final corner of the circuit. While a number of other drivers have crashed in practice such as Vettel, Sainz, Montoya, and Kevin Magnussen.
Canada GP Quick Facts
Official name: Canadian Grand Pix
Location: Montreal, Canada
Lap Distance: 4.3km (2.7 miles)
Lap Record: 1:13.078 (Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes)
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