Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ahead of the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix!
🇨🇦 RACE WINNERS
Since 1978, there have been 39 Canadian Grands Prix held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In that time, 23 different drivers have won the race.
The driver with the most Montreal wins is Michael Schumacher, who won at this track seven times in his career. Ferrari have the most wins with eleven, having taken their first Canada victory since 2004 last season. Ferrari-powered cars have also won here more often than any other engine manufacturer. German drivers have more victories at the circuit than drivers from any other nation, with Ralf Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel contributing an extra three victories to Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven.
Alan Jones, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are the only three drivers to have taken back-to-back wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Schumacher and Hamilton share the record for the most consecutive Montreal wins. Schumacher took three in a row between 2002 and 2004, while Hamilton did the same thing between 2015 and 2017.
There are five previous winners of the Canadian Grand Prix on the 2019 grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most, with seven. The other previous winners are Sebastian Vettel, who has won here twice, and Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica and Daniel Ricciardo who each have a single victory at the track.
The longest streak of different winners at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve came between 1989 and 1996, when there were no repeat victors for eight seasons.
The largest win margin at the track came in 1983, when Rene Arnoux was 42.029 seconds clear of the rest of the field. The smallest win margin was in 2000, when Michael Schumacher crossed the line just 0.174 seconds ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello.
During its tenure at the circuit, the Canadian Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds on seventeen occasions, and has been won by less than a second three times – in 1999, 2000 and 2003.
From the last ten races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the average win margin at the Canadian Grand Prix has been 7.707 seconds.
🇨🇦 ON THE PODIUM
Since the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve began hosting the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978, 49 different drivers have finished on the podium.
Michael Schumacher has the most podiums here, with twelve, while Ferrari are the team with the most top three finishes. The Italian team’s tally of 31 podium finishes leaves them eleven ahead of McLaren and Williams. German drivers have more podiums than drivers from any other nation, though British drivers could equal their total this weekend. Germany have 23 compared to Britain’s 22.
From the 2019 grid, nine drivers have previously finished in the top three in Canada. Lewis Hamilton has the most Montreal podiums from the current field, with seven. Sebastian Vettel trails him with five, Valtteri Bottas has had four, Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen two, while Robert Kubica, Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen have all finished on the podium here once.
The polesitter at this track has gone on to finish on the podium 29 times from the 39 races held here.
The lowest position a podium finish has come from is the pit-lane, which Rubens Barrichello achieved when driving for Ferrari in 2005.
There have been four races at this track where none of the top three on the grid have gone on to finish on the podium. It hasn’t happened since 1995.
The top three qualifiers at the track have finished in the order they started only twice at this track. Last season was the first time since 1979 that this has happened.
Twelfth on the grid is the only grid slot in the top thirteen positions on the grid to have never given a podium finish at this track.
There have been twenty different polesitters at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are currently tied for the most pole positions at the circuit. With six apiece, Hamilton could set a new record this weekend. Williams and McLaren are also tied for the most team poles in Montreal. They have seven each, and could be joined by Ferrari this weekend should the Scuderia take pole. German drivers have the most poles at this track. Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Ralf Schumacher and Nico Rosberg have all contributed to the team’s tally of thirteen starts from the front of the grid.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the only drivers present on the 2019 grid who’ve previously taken pole here. Hamilton has six compared to Vettel’s four.
Nelson Piquet, Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the five drivers who’ve taken back-to-back poles at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The record for most consecutive poles here is three – which Michael Schumacher, Hamilton and Vettel have all done. Hamilton has done it twice, taking three in a row in the three races here between 2007 and 2009, and then again between 2015 and 2017.
The lap record at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a 1:10.764 set by Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix.
The difference between the slowest and fastest pole laps at this track is 27.251 seconds, the slowest being Jean-Pierre Jarier’s time in 1978, and the fastest being last year’s pole time.
The largest gap between the fastest and slowest time in a single qualifying session on the Ile Notre Dame island is 17.318 seconds, which happened in 1986. Meanwhile, the smallest difference is 2.939 seconds, which covered the whole field in qualifying for the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix.
The smallest pole margin at this track is 0.013 seconds, which happened in 1997. The gap was also 0.01 seconds in 1978, though the timing system only ran to two decimal places. The largest gap between pole and second place on the grid at the Montreal track is 0.756 seconds, which is the amount of time Nelson Piquet took pole by for the 1984 event.
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth here on sixteen occasions, including four times in the last six years.
From the last ten qualifying sessions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the average pole margin has been 0.233 seconds.
🇨🇦 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
From 39 races at the track, the Grand Prix has been won from pole nineteen times. The polesitter has finished on the podium 24 times, meaning there have been only five occasions where the polesitter has gone on to finish on the podium without taking the win.
Races at this track have been won from the front row of the grid 25 times, meaning fourteen have been won from third or further back. The furthest back a victory at this circuit has come from is tenth on the grid. Jacques Laffite achieved this in 1981.
Just one of the past six races at this track hasn’t been won from pole.
🇨🇦 SUNDAY STATS
The most drivers to finish on the same lap as the winner of a race at this track is fourteen, which happened in 2012, while the least is three, which has happened eight times – most recently in 2004.
The Safety Car has made an appearance in thirteen races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 1997.
The highest number of Safety Car appearances in one race here is six, which happened in the 2011 event.
There have been five rain-affected races at this track.
Michael Schumacher has set the most Fastest Laps in a race here, coming home with the honour five times at this track throughout his career.
From the 902 cars which have started a Canadian Grand Prix at this track, 485 have seen the chequered flag. That gives an overall finish rate of 53.77%. The most number of cars to reach the end of a race here is twenty, which happened in 2012, while the least is five, which occurred in 1994.
There have been five red-flagged Grands Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
In total, there have been 2,693 racing laps held at this circuit. The seventh lap of the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix will be the 2,700th racing lap of the circuit in F1 history.
🇨🇦 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
Alan Jones is the only driver to have been crowned World Champion at this track. Williams were also crowned Constructors’ Champions here in 1981 – that’s the last time the race was held towards the end of the championship.
The winner of this race has gone on to win the title in the same season fifteen times.
The championship leader after the Canadian Grand Prix has gone on to win that year’s title on 25 occasions since 1978.
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.