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    INSIGHT: Five Reasons We're Excited for the Canadian Grand Prix Taking a look at a few of t...

Taking a look at a few of the many reasons why we can’t wait for F1 to be back in Canada!

1. No Place Like It

Formula One returns to Montreal this weekend for one of the most hotly-anticipated events on the calendar. The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve always produces exciting racing and is one of the most popular venues in F1, with the charming city fully embracing the sport throughout the race week.

What makes the Canadian Grand Prix even more special is the unique location of the track. Where else would you find an F1 circuit set in the middle of a park, on an island in the St. Lawrence River?

Not only is it surrounded by stunning parkland and water (you actually have to walk across a lake just to get into the paddock, via a floating bridge!) it also produces jaw-dropping views of the Montreal cityscape in the background.

So, whether you're watching on TV or exploring the track in person, it's a pretty special place to watch F1 cars being hustled around.

2. Triple Boost

The Canadian GP is always one of the most action-packed races of the year, thanks to the track's mix of long straights and heavy braking zones. But, we could see even more overtakes at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve thanks to a new addition by the FIA.

A third DRS zone has been added to the track between the Turn 6 / 7 and Turn 8 / 9 chicanes, with the detection point just after the sweeping right-hander of Turn 5. This should open up even more opportunities to overtake.

But, this isn't the only benefit. The additional DRS zone should also help set up passes later in the lap, especially into the hairpin in the final sector.

3. The Big Race...

After a hard day's competition on track, what better way to relax and unwind than by taking the battle against your fellow F1 teams to the water?

Once an annual tradition, F1 brought the Raft Race back to life in 2017 and it's making a welcome return once again in 2018.

We'll have a team of seven ready to tackle the choppy waters of the Olympic Basin, tasked with building a raft from standard kit provided (including 10 jet floats, pallets, rope and equipment to build paddles) in just 30 minutes.

The grand finale sees six of the team members row the width of the lake to rescue their remaining colleague, before heading all the way back again. Whoever reaches the finish line first, wins!

Be sure to tune into the F1 Raft Race on Facebook Live on Saturday from 18:45 EDT (local) / 23:45 BST to see how our brave crew gets on!

4. A Night to Remember

Canada always puts on a wonderful show for the F1 circus and one of the highlights of the weekend is the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Night - an exclusive party presented by Mercedes-Benz Canada, which takes place on Saturday evening.

The theme of the event is 'AMG - The Future of Driving Performance', with Toto, Lewis and Niki all dropping by to kick off the entertainment for the 800 guests with a stage appearance.

There are set to be a few big surprises thrown into the mix too, so be sure to check out our social channels on Saturday night from 19:00 EDT (local) / midnight BST.

5. Happy Hunting Ground

Canada holds special memories for Lewis and the team, with both faring well at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in the past.

Lewis has six wins to his name at the Canadian GP, the second most of any driver in F1 history. One more victory will draw him level with the legendary Michael Schumacher for most wins in Canada.

Montreal was the scene of his first F1 triumph back in 2007 with McLaren. Fast forward 10 years and the 2017 event saw him equal hero Ayrton Senna's pole tally of 65.

The team has three victories to its name in Canada, scored consecutively from 2015 to 2017. The track has typically suited our cars and we're hoping that trend will continue this weekend...

Event Guide:

Key timings for events at the track, for those of you in Montreal and wanting to keep up from home!

What's Happening? Which Day? Where? How Can I Watch?
Open House

(Explore the circuit)

Thursday

(09:30-12:00 EDT)

Circuit and Pit Lane
Autograph Signing

(Valtteri)

Thursday

(10:20 EDT)

Pit Lane Instagram / Twitter
Autograph Signing

(Lewis)

Thursday

(10:50 EDT)

Pit Lane Instagram / Twitter
FIA Press Conference

(Valtteri)

Thursday

(11:00 EDT)

Press Conference Room
Raft Race

Saturday

(18:45 EDT)

Olympic Basin Facebook
Drivers' Parade

Sunday

(12:35 EDT)

Track Instagram / Twitter

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