Montreal

 
Michael Schumacher has reined supreme on this circuit with 12 podiums including seven wins, landing on the pole position six times. |  This circuit has been hosting the Canadian GP for nearly 4 decades now, starting from 1978. |  This circuit was earlier known as Ile Notre-Dame circuit and was renamed in honour of Canadian F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, father of 1997 champion Jacques, following his death in 1982. |  As many as nine drivers including Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Fernando Alonso among others have hit the 'Quebec Wall' in the circuit. The wall has thus been nicknamed 'The Wall of Champions'.

FACTFILE

Name :Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Country :Canada
No. of Races :38
First Race :Oct 08, 1978
Last Race :Jun 11, 2017
Defending Champion:L.Hamilton
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Located on the Ile Notre Dame in the St Lawrence river, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a low-downforce power track made up of long straights, chicanes and hairpins. Top-end speed, braking stability and traction are the keys to a good lap time, and the drivers need to be very precise with their lines because the walls are close.

A lap averages some 200kph with top speeds peaking at 320kph on the start-finish straight where throttles will be fully open for upto 15 seconds going into Turn 2. As such, engine power and durability will be the deciding variables for the weekend.

With a total of 15 corners around the lap, the circuit is notoriously hard on brakes (temperatures can reach up to 1,000°C during the race. Combined with imposing kerbs and the unforgiving run-off areas, the track invariably claims a number of casualties, but the fans' enthusiasm is always rewarded with an exciting Canadian Grand Prix.

Being only a short hop on the Metro from downtown Montreal, the race is well attended and has a great atmosphere.

TOP PERFORMERS AT CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE

According to stats...

  • Michael Schumacher has reined supreme on this circuit with 12 podiums including seven wins, landing on the pole position six times.
  • This circuit has been hosting the Canadian GP for nearly 4 decades now, starting from 1978.
  • This circuit was earlier known as Ile Notre-Dame circuit and was renamed in honour of Canadian F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, father of 1997 champion Jacques, following his death in 1982.
  • As many as nine drivers including Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Fernando Alonso among others have hit the 'Quebec Wall' in the circuit. The wall has thus been nicknamed 'The Wall of Champions'.

List of Grands Prix Held

No Date/Year Grand Prix Winner Team  
1 Oct 08, 1978 Canada
G.Villeneuve
Ferrari
2 Sep 30, 1979 Canada
A.Jones
Williams
3 Sep 28, 1980 Canada
A.Jones
Williams
4 Sep 27, 1981 Canada
J.Laffite
Ligier
5 Jun 13, 1982 Canada
N.Piquet
Brabham
6 Jun 12, 1983 Canada
R.A.Arnoux
Ferrari
7 Jun 17, 1984 Canada
N.Piquet
Brabham
8 Jun 16, 1985 Canada
M.Alboreto
Ferrari
9 Jun 15, 1986 Canada
N.Mansell
Williams
10 Jun 12, 1988 Canada
A.Senna
McLaren
11 Jun 18, 1989 Canada
T.Boutsen
Williams
12 Jun 10, 1990 Canada
A.Senna
McLaren
13 Jun 02, 1991 Canada
N.Piquet
Benetton
14 Jun 14, 1992 Canada
G.Berger
McLaren
15 Jun 13, 1993 Canada
A.Prost
Williams
16 Jun 12, 1994 Canada
M.Schumacher
Benetton
17 Jun 11, 1995 Canada
J.Alesi
Ferrari
18 Jun 16, 1996 Canada
D.Hill
Williams
19 Jun 15, 1997 Canada
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
20 Jun 07, 1998 Canada
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
21 Jun 13, 1999 Canada
M.Hakkinen
McLaren
22 Jun 18, 2000 Canada
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
23 Jun 10, 2001 Canada
R.Schumacher
Williams
24 Jun 10, 2002 Canada
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
25 Jun 15, 2003 Canada
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
26 Jun 13, 2004 Canada
M.Schumacher
Ferrari
27 Jun 12, 2005 Canada
K.Raikkonen
McLaren
28 Jun 25, 2006 Canada
F.Alonso
Renault
29 Jun 10, 2007 Canada
L.Hamilton
McLaren
30 Jun 08, 2008 Canada
R.Kubica
BMW Sauber
31 Jun 13, 2010 Canada
L.Hamilton
McLaren
32 Jun 12, 2011 Canada
J.Button
McLaren
33 Jun 10, 2012 Canada
L.Hamilton
McLaren
34 Jun 09, 2013 Canada
S.Vettel
Red Bull
35 Jun 08, 2014 Canada
D.Ricciardo
Red Bull
36 Jun 07, 2015 Canada
L.Hamilton
Mercedes
37 Jun 12, 2016 Canada
L.Hamilton
Mercedes
38 Jun 11, 2017 Canada
L.Hamilton
Mercedes

QUOTES ON CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE

The walls are very close on the exit of the chicanes... If you can scrape it by millimetres you will be two tenths quicker than if you miss it by two feet.
- Robert Kubica
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