The Formula 1 season arrives in Montreal, Canada this weekend for the seventh race of the season.
The Formula 1 season arrives in Montreal, Canada this weekend for the seventh race of the season. Canada has been part of the F1 race calender since 1967, and is one of the most watched race’s of the F1 season. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is 2.709 miles long and runs for a total of 70 laps.Lewis Hamilton won the 2010 Canadian grand prix after also qualifying on pole, with team mate Jenson Button finishing second. The 2010 Canadian grand prix was the first grand prix of the season in which all twenty-four cars started from the grid, prior to the Montreal race, at least one car started from the pit lane after suffering problems of some kind. The final turn of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has seen many crashes with previous world champions involved, including Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher, the wall then ironically earned the nickname ‘Wall of Champions’. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve runs very close to barriers without many run off points, is a very low grip circuit and has many areas of heavy braking, all this adds up to quite fast tyre wear. Pirelli new supersoft tyre made a great debut at Monaco and will be used again this weekend in Canada, along with the yellow soft tyres which have been in every grand prix so far this season, although Pirelli say that we won’t be seeing stints of 50 laps on the soft compound due to the nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Canadian grand prix has seen some very dramatic and exciting races over the years and the 2011 race looks like its not going to disappoint either.