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Circuit Gilles Villeneuve layout & records

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Details
Location: Canada, Montreal
Race: Canadian Grand Prix
Used Since: 1978
Type: Closed Cricuit
 Lap Dist.: 4.361 km

Lap Record

Lap Record: 1:13.622 min
Date: 26 June 2004
F1 Driver: Rubens Barrichello
F1 Car: Ferrari F2004
Speed: 213.246 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:12.275 min
Date: 12 June 2004
F1 Driver: Ralf Schumacher
F1 Car: Williams BMW FW26
Speed: 217.220 km/h
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Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: three corners in detail

Turn 1 G. Villeneuve circuit

Turn 1 G. Villeneuve circuit

The pit straight to turn 1
The lap on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve starts on the short pit straight where speeds peak at over 300kph at the end of the straight before the drivers shifts down to third gear to take the first corner, a left hander, at approx 120kph.

T1 is the start of a spoon-profiled corner that demands a progressive smooth engine setting throughout. Engine revs will be at approx 11,000rpm for five seconds through this turn, the longest consistently low rev setting of the lap on circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In the firsts laps of the race we always can see a lot wheel banging and broken front wings in this corner.

Hairpin G. Villeneuve circuit

Hairpin G. Villeneuve circuit

The Hairpin
Cars brake down to 58kph for the hairpin before starting on the Droit du Casino straight. Engine maps will be created to give drivers traction on the entry to the hairpin, but also good response away as it leads onto the longest straight on the circuit (1,064m).

To maximise the acceleration on the straight gear ratios will be carefully calibrated. Wind speed and direction need to be considered; going into a headwind, engineers will choose shorter ratios, but if the cars are running downwind they will go for longer. They will also pay careful attention to the fuel consumption if the wind is very strong – if the car is running into the wind, the time spent at the limiter at the end of the straight is less, meaning fuel consumption is higher.

Wall of Champions

Wall of Champions

The Wall of Champions
Drivers will accelerate through the gears to reach over 320kph in qualifying before the braking point for turn 13 or the 'Wall of Champions'. Stability going into this chicane is key and drivers will use engine braking as well as literal braking, loading the internal parts and fluid systems very heavily.

When the driver enters the turn he will get back on the throttle to accelerate back onto the pit straight, so the pedal and throttle maps must deliver exactly the correct amount of power when he needs it: too much 'push' and he will shoot into the wall; too little and his acceleration onto the straight will be compromised.

 

Previous F1 GP Winners on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 Canadian F1 GP result 8 June 1 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
70
70
70
2013 2013 Canadian F1 GP result 9 June 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
70
70
70
2012 2012 Canadian Grand Prix result 10 June 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 France Romain Grosjean
3 Mexico Sergio Pérez
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Switzerland Sauber
70
70
70
2011 2011 Canadian Grand Prix result 12 June 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 Australia Mark Webber
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
70
70
70
2010 2010 Canadian Grand Prix result 13 June 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 United Kingdom Jenson Button
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
70
70
70
2008 2008 Canadian Grand Prix result 8 June 1 Poland Robert Kubica
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Switzerland BMW Sauber
Switzerland BMW Sauber
Austria Red Bull
70
70
70
2007 2007 Canadian Grand Prix result 10 June 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld
3 Austria Alexander Wurz
United Kingdom McLaren
Switzerland BMW Sauber
United Kingdom Williams
70
70
70
2006 2006 Canadian Grand Prix result 25 June 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
70
70
70
2005 2005 Canadian Grand Prix result 12 June 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
70
70
70
2004 2004 Canadian Grand Prix result 13 June 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
70
70
70
2003 2003 Canadian Grand Prix result 15 June 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Germany Ralf Schumacher
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
70
70
70
2002 2002 Canadian Grand Prix result 9 June 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
70
70
70
2001 2001 Canadian Grand Prix result 10 June 1 Germany Ralf Schumacher
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
69
69
69
2000 2000 Canadian Grand Prix result 18 June 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
69
69
69
1999 1999 Canadian Grand Prix result 13 June 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
69
69
69
1998 1998 Canadian Grand Prix result June 7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
69
69
69
1997 1997 Canadian Grand Prix result 15 June 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
Ireland Jordan
54
54
54
1996 1996 Canadian Grand Prix result 16 June 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
69
69
69
1995 1995 Canadian Grand Prix result 11 June 1 France Jean Alesi
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
Ireland Jordan
68
68
68
1994 1994 Canadian Grand Prix result 12 June 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill
3 France Jean Alesi
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
69
69
69
1993 1993 Canadian Grand Prix result 13 June 1 France Alain Prost
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 United Kingdom Damon Hill
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
69
69
69
1992 1992 Canadian Grand Prix result June 14 1 Austria Gerhard Berger
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
69
69
69
1991 1991 Canadian Grand Prix result June 2 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 Italy Stefano Modena
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Tyrrell
United Kingdom Williams
69
69
69
1990 1990 Canadian Grand Prix result June 10 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
70
70
70
1989 1989 Canadian Grand Prix result June 18 1 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese
3 Italy Andrea de Cesaris
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Dallara
69
69
69
1988 1988 Canadian Grand Prix result June 12 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
69
69
69
1986 1986 Canadian Grand Prix result June 15 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 France Alain Prost
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
69
69
69
1985 1985 Canadian Grand Prix result June 16 1 Italy Michele Alboreto
2 Sweden Stefan Johansson
3 France Alain Prost
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
70
70
70
1984 1984 Canadian Grand Prix result June 17 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 Austria Niki Lauda
3 France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
70
70
70
1983 1983 Canadian Grand Prix result June 12 1 France René Arnoux
2 United States Eddie Cheever
3 France Patrick Tambay
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
70
70
70
1982 1982 Canadian Grand Prix result June 13 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese
3 United Kingdom John Watson
United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom McLaren
70
70
70
1981 1981 Canadian Grand Prix result September 27 1 France Jacques Laffite
2 United Kingdom John Watson
3 Canada Gilles Villeneuve
France Ligier
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
63
63
63
1980 1980 Canadian Grand Prix result September 28 1 Australia Alan Jones
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
3 France Didier Pironi
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
70
70
70
1979 1979 Canadian Grand Prix result September 30 1 Australia Alan Jones
2 Canada Gilles Villeneuve
3 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
72
72
72
1978 1978 Canadian Grand Prix result October 8 1 Canada Gilles Villeneuve
2 South Africa Jody Scheckter
3 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Wolf
Italy Ferrari
70
70
70