Ferrari are Montreal’s most recent winners, Mercedes have appeared on the podium in every season since 2013 and Red Bull have recorded just two DNFs at the Canadian Grand Prix. Here’s how the teams’ histories compare at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve!
Mercedes have appeared on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix in every season since 2013. They took three consecutive victories at the track between 2015 and 2017, with those three being bookended by 1-2 finishes. Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are the only Mercedes drivers to have failed to finish a race in Montreal, each retiring with mechanical problems in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Aside from Hamilton’s retirement in 2014, a Mercedes driver hasn’t finished outside of the top five at the circuit since 2012.
Michael Schumacher’s Q2 exit in 2010 is the only time a Mercedes driver has failed to qualify in the top ten for the Canadian Grand Prix. One of their drivers has qualified on the front row in all of the last six years, taking four poles and locking out the front row in all of the first three years of the hybrid era.
In 2018, Ferrari won their first Canadian Grand Prix since 2004. 2004 is one of three times Ferrari have recorded 1-2 finishes at the circuit, the other times being in 1985 and 2000. The team won the first race on the Ile Notre Dame island, with Gilles Villeneuve taking his first F1 victory at the circuit which is now named in his honour. The team have scored in every season at the track since 1997, with 1996 being their most recent double non-finish here. The team haven’t recorded a DNF in Montreal since Fernando Alonso failed to finish the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari have taken seven poles at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but have never locked-out the front row. Felipe Massa’s Q2 exit in 2013 and Sebastian Vettel’s Q1 elimination in 2015 are the only times a Ferrari driver has failed to qualify in the top ten since the knockout system was introduced in 2006. Before that, there were only nine other occasions where a Ferrari driver failed to qualify in the top ten. 1980, 1981 and 1986 are the only years where neither Ferrari driver qualified in the top ten.
Red Bull have won twice at the Canadian Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel in 2013 and with Daniel Ricciardo in 2014. 2011 and 2014 are the only seasons where both Red Bull drivers have finished on the podium at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the team yet to record a 1-2 finish at the circuit. David Coulthard in 2007 and Max Verstappen in 2017 are the only Red Bull drivers to have recorded non-finishes at the track, each as a result of mechanical issues. Aside from Verstappen’s non-finish, Daniel Ricciardo’s thirteenth place finish in 2015 is the only other time that a Red Bull driver has failed to score at the track in the last nine seasons.
Red Bull have scored three pole positions in Montreal, all courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. Mark Webber supplied the team’s only other front row qualifying position at the track in 2010. Red Bull’s drivers have never failed to reach Q3 at the Canadian Grand Prix in all of the last nine seasons, and the team have never recorded a Q1 elimination at the track.
Renault have featured on the podium only twice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Their first top three appearance came in 1983, when Eddie Cheever finished as runner-up, while Fernando Alonso won with the team in 2006. Last season marked the first time both Renault drivers finished in the points at the track since 2006, while 1983 is also the only other time both Renault drivers scored. Nico Hulkenberg’s seventh place here in 2018 was their best result at the track since their return to F1.
Renault have taken one pole in Montreal, in 2006 – a season in which they also locked-out the front row for the only time at this track. Last season marked one of only three times where both Renault drivers have qualified in the top ten in Canada since the knockout system was introduced in 2006.
Haas have never recorded a retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix, but have scored only one point from their three visits here so far. Their point came courtesy of Romain Grosjean, who finished tenth in 2017. While that’s their only points scoring race here so far, the team’s worst finishing place at this track is only fourteenth, also recorded by Grosjean, in 2016.
Haas are yet to qualify inside the top ten for the Canadian Grand Prix, and have recorded a Q1 exit here in each of the last two seasons. Kevin Magnussen was out in Q1 in 2017, while Romain Grosjean failed to set a time last year after an engine blow-up in the pit-lane at the start of qualifying. Magnussen’s eleventh place in qualifying last year was the best Saturday result for the team so far at the circuit.
McLaren have failed to score a point at the Canadian Grand Prix in all of the last four seasons. They’ve won nine times here in the past, most recently with Lewis Hamilton in 2012. In the past four seasons, 2017 is the only time neither McLaren driver retired from the race. Their best finish here in the past four years is Fernando Alonso’s eleventh place finish in 2016.
McLaren have taken eight poles at the Canadian Grand Prix and have locked-out the front row five times at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Their most recent front row start here came in 2012, when Lewis Hamilton started from second on the grid. Since then, the team have qualified in the top ten twice. Last year, both McLarens were eliminated in Q2.
Racing Point (Force India)
Force India scored points in all but three of their visits to Canada, recording double DNFs at the circuit in 2008 and 2011. Their best finish here was fifth place, scored by Nico Hulkenberg in 2014 and by Sergio Perez in 2017. The Racing Point team will be hoping to impress here this year given that the event is now their de facto home race.
Force India reached Q3 in each of the past two seasons in Montreal, and recorded only one Q1 exit since 2010. Their best qualifying result here came in 2010, when Vitantonio Liuzzi qualified in sixth place.
Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
Sauber scored their only F1 victory so far at this track in 2007 with Robert Kubica. It was a 1-2 finish for the team with Nick Heidfeld finishing as runner-up – the same position which he’d finished in the year before. Sergio Perez recorded the team’s only other podium finish at the circuit in 2012 with third place. Since then, Sauber have scored only one point at the circuit. That happened last year, when Charles Leclerc finished tenth. The team haven’t recorded a DNF here since 2014.
Robert Kubica’s second place on the grid for the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix is the only time a Sauber driver has qualified on the front row at this track, while Nick Heidfeld’s third place in qualifying in 2007 is he only other time a Sauber driver has qualified in the top six here. 2008 is the last time Sauber qualified in the top ten at the circuit, while Charles Leclerc’s Q2 appearance last season is the only time a Sauber car has made it out of Q1 in the last three seasons.
Toro Rosso have failed to score at the Canadian Grand Prix in each of the last two seasons. Their best result here came in 2013, when Jean-Eric Vergne finished sixth, while 2011 is the only season where both Toro Rosso drivers have scored points in Montreal. The team recorded double retirements in 2007 and 2017, while Brendon Hartley was eliminated on the first lap last season.
Toro Rosso have reached the final part of qualifying only three times at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Both drivers reached Q3 in 2013, while Jean Eric-Vergne’s top ten appearance in qualifying in 2014 is the team’s only other top ten qualifying result. Last year, Pierre Gasly recorded Toro Rosso’s only Q1 exit at the track in the last six seasons.
Williams have scored five wins and twenty podium finishes at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. They took back to back podium finishes at the track in 2015 and 2016, with Valtteri Bottas finishing third on both occasions. Last season marked the first time Williams failed to score a point at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2013. The team have recorded a retirement at the circuit in all of the past three seasons.
Williams have taken eight poles at the Montreal track, the equal-most of any team. They have taken three front row lockouts at the circuit, most recently in 2003. Last season marked the first time both Williams drivers were eliminated in Q1 – one of only eight visits to the circuit where neither driver qualified in the top ten.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.