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Canadian Grand Prix

Everything you need to know about the Canadian Grand Prix

Round 09 - June 16th - 18th

History

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, is a motor racing circuit located on the Île Notre-Dame in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The circuit is named after the late Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve, who won his first Formula One race at the circuit in 1978.

The circuit is 4.361 km (2.710 mi) long and features 14 turns, including several chicanes and a long straightaway that provides an excellent overtaking opportunity. The track is known for its high speeds and heavy braking zones, which can be very challenging for the drivers.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a favorite among drivers, who appreciate the challenging layout and the passionate Canadian fans who come out to support the race. The circuit is also known for its unique location, with the track surrounded by water and the city skyline visible in the background.

The Canadian Grand Prix has been held annually at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 1978 and is one of the most popular races on the Formula One calendar. The race is known for its unpredictable weather conditions, with rain often playing a factor in the outcome of the race.

In addition to hosting the Canadian Grand Prix, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve also hosts a variety of other motor racing events, including the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Formula E championship. The circuit is also open to the public for cycling, running, and rollerblading during certain times of the year.

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, or Circuit Ile Notre-Dame, as it was first named, was built on the man-made Notre Dame Island, in the middle of the St Lawrence River in Montreal, after the end of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, with the track hosting its first race in 1978.

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Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Turns: 14
DRS Zones: 3
Circuit Length: 4.361 km (2.709 mi)
Total Race Distance: 305.27 km (189.68 mi)
Number of Laps: 70
Lap Record: 1:13.078 (Valtteri Bottas, 2019)

What happened at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen and Red Bull once again dominated a race in 2023. It was a historic victory for Red Bull as Verstappen took his 41st victory tying him with the great Ayrton Senna for overall victories in the history of the sport. Meanwhile for Red Bull it was their 100th victory in Formula 1 just now 14 race wins behind Williams who are fourth in the all time leaders list. The Canadian Grand Prix win also meant it was Adrian Newey's 200th race win as a car designer and shows why he is highly respected around the paddock when he has designed so many iconic cars over the years.

Looking down the rest of the order Fernando Alonso took his another second place in his Aston Martin but was being told to lift and coast throughout the race as he was managing wear on the rear brake discs. Lewis Hamilton scored his second consecutive podium finishing third in his Mercedes just 3 seconds behind Alonso, the Brit was on a charge to try and get second place from the Spaniard but tyre wear and the car not being as good in slow corners as the Aston Martin or Red Bull meant he could never really fight them. Hamilton did however have a great start and jumped Alonso off the line but was eventually overtaken after a safety car due to George Russell colliding with the wall and damaging his wing and gaining a puncture.

Ferrari had a good showing and collected some much needed points after a qualifying session filled with errors and a penalty for Carlos Sainz meant the two cars started in 10th and 11th. They eventually finished fourth and fifth with Charles Leclerc finishing ahead of Sainz. Sergio Perez also managed to fight his way up to sixth and took the fastest lap on the final lap of the race to take that away from Hamilton. Perez had another torrid qualifying session which saw him not make it into Q3 for the third time in a row.

Meanwhile in the lower top 10 there was a big scrap over seventh place as Albon in his Williams did a superb job from defending his place from faster cars behind. Ocon came eigth for Alpine and had a big fight with Norris on the final lap but the McLaren driver had a 5 second time penalty for unsportsman like behaviour under the safety car as he backed the pack up so the team could double-stack. Due to Norris's penalty he would finish 13th which meant Stroll moved up to ninth and Bottas finished in 10th. Bottas was beaten to the line by just 0.03s by Stroll as the two had a drag race out of the final corner to the line.

Formula 1 heads to Spielberg for the Austrian Grand Prix from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July.

Last 5 Winners

2023: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2022: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2019: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2018: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
2017: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2023 SCHEDULE

Friday June 16th:
Practice 1 (FP1) : 18:30 - 17:30 (Finished)
Practice 2 (FP2): 22:00 - 23:00 (Finished)

Saturday June 17th:
Practice 3 (FP3): 17:30 - 18:30 (Finished)
Qualifying: 15:00 - 16:00 (Finished)

Sunday June 18th:
Race Start: 19:00 (Finished)

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