Mercedes-Benz at the Canada Grand Prix
During the 1960s the country's Grand Prix had two homes: Mosport Park one year (in the English speaking part of the country) and Mont-Tremblant (in French speaking Quebec) the next. By 1970, however, Mont-Tremblant was deemed too dangerous and the race was moved full time to Mosport Park.
In 1977 the French Canadians, motivated by the success of local hero Gilles Villeneuve, decided to create a race track. Building a new circuit simply wasn't feasible, however, owing to both time and financial constraints. Their solution was simple and effective. Taking the Île Notre-Dame, they connected all of the island's roads and made a course.
After $2m was spent upgrading the circuit to Formula One standards, the first race was held in October 1978. Gilles Villeneuve, who was yet to win a Formula One race, took a memorable victory at his home Grand Prix. Following his tragic death in 1982, the track was renamed the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in his honour.
|Silver Arrows||Mercedes-Benz Power|
|Front Row Starts||5||14|
|Circuit Length||4.361 km|
|Race Distance||305.270 km|
|Record Holder||BAR (2002)|
|Number of Corners||14 (6 Left / 8 Right)|
|Pit Lane Lengtd Under Speed Limit Control||417 m|
|Pit Lane Time at 80 km / h||17.0 s|
|Distance from Pole to Turn 1 Apex||260 m|
|Highest Lateral G||3.4 (T5)|
|% of Lap / Lap Distance at Full tdrottle||45 % / 59 %|
|Fuel Consumption ( 1= Low / 3 = High)||3|
|Braking Event||6 (4 heavy)|
|Track Evolution (P1 - Qualifying)||Low|
|Tyre Compounds||SS / S|
|DRS Zone||T 12-13 / 14-1|
|Key Overtaking Opportunities||T 13|