2016 Track Preview: Canadian Grand Prix; Montreal

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in second place and Sergio Perez in third place. McLaren, Toro Rosso and Williams all managed to score some much needed points.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was renamed in honour of the popular Canadian driver following his death in 1982. It is situated on the Ile de Notre Dame, a man-made island in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, in the city of Montreal. The original name of the circuit was Ile Notre Dame Circuit.

The temporary road course is quite fast and tough on the cars, but it is not as challenging for drivers as other Formula 1 tracks. Teams with the best engine performance and durability have traditionally performed well here.

The circuit is 4.36 kilometers long and the driving direction is clockwise. A total of 13 corners with 8 right turns and 5 left turns. Turn 10 is a very tight hairpin, named L’Epingle, that offers the best overtaking opportunity and exit is also vital to catch the right line and carry momentum onto the following straight.

The hairpin is one of the best options for the spectators. The last chicane is also a possible overtaking spot. Because of the temporary nature of the circuit there is no grip at all to start with, but grip levels improve constantly throughout the weekend.

The barriers run close to the circuit and many experienced drivers have been caught out by them. A particularly famous part of the circuit is the concrete wall on the outside of the exit of the final chicane. The wall has been nicknamed “The Wall of Champions” since many famous drivers have fallen victims to the wall.

It acquired its nickname in the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix by ending the race of three Formula One World Champions; Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. Since then many more drivers and champions have hit the wall.

Here are the facts and figures heading into this weekend….

Facts and Figures

  • Montreal has hosted the Grand Prix in Canada since 1961, even though the first Formula One race was in 1967.
  • Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver to win the Grand Prix with seven wins.
  • Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver currently to win the Grand Prix with four wins.
  • McLaren and Ferrari are the most successful constructors to win the Grand Prix with thirteen wins each.
  • Race distance: 305.27km (189.69 miles)
  • Number of turns:14
  • Top speed: 315kph
  • Lap record: Rubens Barrichello- Ferrari (2004)- 1.13.622

Winners from last 5 Canadian Grand Prix:-

  • 2011-Jenson Button
  • 2012-Lewis Hamilton
  • 2013-Sebastian Vettel
  • 2014- Daniel Ricciardo
  • 2015- Lewis Hamilton

My top five finishers of the Canadian Grand Prix:-

In no particular order, here’s my top five predictions for the Canadian Grand Prix as follows:-

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Daniel Ricciardo

Based on what the top five drivers have managed to achieve in the first six Grand Prixs, I believe that Rosberg will want to beat Hamilton this weekend again in order to show that he maintain the lead of the championship that he has even though his performance in Monaco two weeks ago wasn’t what we all expected.

Hamilton will also want to win this weekend and regain the gap that Rosberg has over him while maintain the championship gap over to Sebastian Vettel who I believe could challenge the Mercedes pairing this year; provided that Ferrari keep going in the same direction they are currently. And finally, I believe that Raikkonen and Ricciardo could both have solid weekends provided that they are able to get the right set ups on their cars over the weekend.

Do you agree with my predictions for this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every Practice session, Qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and Channel Four also are showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 2.45pm and 6.45pm, [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 2.45pm and 5.00pm, [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 5.30pm
  • Channel Four- Saturday (Qualifying Highlights ) 10pm and 5.00pm, Sunday (Race highlights) 10.40pm
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