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Canadian Grand Prix: F1 preview, times, predictions, stats

Canadian Grand Prix: F1 preview, times, predictions, stats

Formula One has reached round nine of the season: the Canadian Grand Prix, and the home race of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and his father, Lawrence, who owns the team.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is popular with fans and drivers alike. The circuit is made up of roads on the man-made island of Notre Dame in the middle of the St Lawrence River. The island was created in 1967 for Expo 67, a world fair, and later used for the 1976 summer Olympics before it morphed into an F1 circuit.

The circuit is fast with two long straights, but unforgiving with walls close to the track, few run off areas and tight hairpins, which mean cars must ride the kerbs, particularly before the first and last chicanes.

The changeable Montreal weather and the circuit layout often produces a classic race, like Jenson Button’s famous 2011 win in the rain.

Look out for the final corner — the Wall of Champions — known for the amount of big names who have crashed into it over the years.



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Circuit stats

Canada has hosted grands prix since 1967, but the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was first held in 1978 and has been on the calendar nearly every year since. National hero Gilles Villeneuve won the inaugural race, and four years after his death…

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