Have to know forward of the Canadian Grand Prix

Have to know forward of the Canadian Grand Prix

F1 Grand Prix, GP Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuveca

Groups and drivers assembled in North America for the Canadian Grand Prix that takes place on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. F1Technical’s Balázs Szabó picks out the important information forward of the Montreal spherical of the 2023 F1 season.

Quick and unforgiving – The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve mixes parts of a everlasting and a avenue circuit, providing an thrilling mixture of low grip and excessive speeds across the 4.361km monitor. The straights tempt drivers to use the throttle aggressively, though the unforgiving conrete partitions punish each little mistake.

Round and round – On the comparatively quick monitor, drivers want to finish 70 laps to cowl the race distance of 305.207km.

Three – There will probably be three DRS zones in Canada. The primary zone has a detection level 15m after Flip 5 and an activation level 95m after Flip 7. The opposite two zones share a detection level 110m earlier than Flip 9, with activation factors 155m earlier than Flip 12 and 70m after Flip 14.

Sequence of modifications – The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has gone by way of some modifications since final 12 months’s race. The concrete wall on the finish of the pit wall has been prolonged by 106 metres. The concrete wall and the barrier within the Flip 1 run-off has been re-aligned as have the partitions at Flip 7. The run-off space at Flip 3 has been enlarged whereas the pit entry width has been decreased to 4.5 metres.

Gasoline – The cease and go nature of the Canada race monitor often signifies that gas utilization is excessive throughout the race which might play an vital issue throughout the race.

Quickest ever – Former Mercedes present Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas holds the document for the quickest ever race lap across the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Nastola-born racer set a 1m13.078s on the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix which drivers had been unable to beat in final 12 months’s Montreal race.

52nd – Right this moment’s race would be the 52nd FIA Method One Canadian Grand Prix. Canada made its debut in 1967 and solely missed the calendar on three events. The race was initially organized at Mosport Park which held a complete of eight grands prix. Mont-Tremblant additionally hosted two Canadian Grands Prix earlier than the race was relocated to Montreal in 1978.

Particular venue – For six drivers, the Canadian Grand Prix will need to have a particular place of their coronary heart. Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Daniel Ricciardo, Thierry Boutsen, Gilles Villeneuve and Jean Alesi all took their debut F1 victory at this monitor.

King of Montreal – Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are essentially the most profitable drivers on the Canadian Grand Prix with seven victories apiece. Each drivers share the identical document with successful for 2 totally different groups. The German took a victory for Benetton in Canada and 6 others for Ferrari whereas the Briton received for McLaren and Mercedes 4 instances apiece.

Overtaking – Regardless of to the truth that overtaking may be very a lot attainable on this monitor, 20 of the 40 grands prix held on this circuit have been received from pole place. The outlier from that sequence is Ricciardo’s 2014 victory for Pink Bull Racing, which got here from P6 on the grid. Jacques Laffite’s victory for Ligier from P10 is the furthest again from which a winner has began at this circuit.

The long-lasting Ferrari driver – The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the primary of three venues on the F1 calendar named after well-known racing drivers (all of them located within the Americas – the others being the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico Metropolis and Autodromo Jose Carlos Tempo in Sao Paolo). Initially named the Circuit Ile Notre-Dame, the monitor was renamed in honour of Gilles Villeneuve in 1982, following his tragic demise on the Belgian Grand Prix only a month earlier.

Wall of champions – The monitor format in Montreal is dominated by lengthy straights and by the proximity of the limitations. Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, and Damon Hill all crashed on the final nook of the monitor throughout the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix, main it to be christened the ‘Wall of Champions’. It is continued to assert some high-profile victims ever since, together with Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.

The longest ever – The climate is commonly an element throughout a race in Montreal. The rain-hit 2011 race was the longest in Method 1 historical past, lasting 4 hours, 4 minutes and 39 seconds together with a prolonged red-flag stoppage to permit the situations to ease.

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