As Circuit Gilles Villeneuve equals the Nurburgring for fifth in the list of most races held at a venue, Verstappen makes his 150th start and Leclerc could equal an unwanted record. Here are the milestones and records which could be broken at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix!
The 2022 Canadian Grand Prix will be the 1,066th World Championship race. It will be the 57th Canadian Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1961 and the 51st time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will equal the Nurburgring as the circuit to have hosted the fifth most World Championship races. After the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, both venues will have appeared on the calendar on 41 occasions.
This weekend will mark Max Verstappen’s 150th Grand Prix start. He becomes the twelfth driver to start 150 consecutive races and the 41st driver to make 150 appearances in total.
This will be the seventh F1 race held on June 19th. It’s the first race to be held on this day since the 2016 European Grand Prix.
The 37th lap of the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix will be the 2,800th racing lap to take place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
With Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi both on the grid, this will be the first Canadian Grand Prix in which multiple Canadians have lined up on the grid since 1969. It will also be the first Canadian Grand Prix which multiple Canadians have entered since 1981.
THE F1 RECORDS TO BREAK
A win for Lewis Hamilton this weekend would be his eighth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It would see him equal the record for most wins at a single circuit. Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix seven times so far in his career. The record for most wins at a single track is eight, shared between Hamilton (Silverstone, Hungaroring) and Schumacher (Magny Cours).
If Charles Leclerc takes pole position this weekend, it would be only the 23rd time in Formula 1 that a driver has taken five poles in a row. He would be only the 15th driver to achieve the feat.
Charles Leclerc has taken pole at all of the last four races and has failed to win any of them. If he fails to win from pole again this weekend, it would be the first time that a driver has taken five consecutive poles and failed to win any of the races since Juan Pablo Montoya did so between the 2002 Monaco and French Grands Prix. Niki Lauda is the only other driver to have lost five consecutive races having started from pole. He did so between the 1975 French and Italian Grands Prix.
If the polesitter takes victory at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, it would be the 450th time that the polesitter has won the race in World Championship history. If the polesitter does not win, this will be the first time that the polesitter has not won at five or more races in a row since the six races between the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix.
A front row qualification for Charles Leclerc would make this the ninth consecutive race for which he has started on the front row. It would be the 19th time that a driver has started on the front row at nine or more consecutive races. Leclerc would be the 12th driver to achieve the feat.
Red Bull have won all of the last five races. If they win the Canadian Grand Prix, it will be the 21st time that a team has won six or more races in a row. Red Bull have achieved the feat only once previously, during Sebastian Vettel’s record run of nine consecutive wins between the 2013 Belgian and Brazilian Grands Prix.
If Fernando Alonso scores four points this weekend, he will become the third driver to have scored 2,000 points during his Formula 1 career.
If Sergio Perez scores points, this will be the 140th race in which he has scored. He’ll equal Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have scored in the eighth most Grands Prix.
The last two races have been won from third on the grid. If the driver starting third wins the Canadian Grand Prix, it would be the third time that three consecutive races have been won from third. It last happened at the 2003 Monaco, Canadian & European Grands Prix and happened before that at the 1996 Hungarian, Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.
If Nicholas Latifi is out in Q1 at the Canadian Grand Prix, he will surpass his longest streak of Q1 exits. It would be his 16th successive Q1 elimination. He was previously out in Q1 at 16 races in a row between the 2020 British Grand Prix and the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix.
If Lance Stroll is eliminated in Q1, he will move ahead of Jarno Trulli to eighth in the all-time list of most Q1 eliminations since the qualifying system was introduced in 2006.
Unless he wins this weekend, Kevin Magnussen will overtake Adrian Sutil and move into the top ten of drivers to have started the most F1 races without taking a win. This will be Magnussen’s 128th start. Adrian Sutil made 128 starts during his F1 career. Magnussen will also overtake Sutil for ninth in the list of most qualifying appearances without taking pole.
A podium result for Bottas would see him equal Rubens Barrichello as the non-champion with the most podiums in F1.
Sebastian Vettel will become the third driver to record podium finishes in fifteen different seasons if he finishes in the top three.
THE CANADIAN GRAND PRIX RECORDS TO BREAK
A win for Lewis Hamilton would see him surpass Michael Schumacher’s record tally of seven Canadian Grand Prix victories.
A win for Ferrari would see them equal McLaren’s record tally of 13 victories at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari are currently tied with Ford Cosworth as the most successful engine manufacturer at the Canadian Grand Prix. Both have had twelve victories so far at the event. Ferrari could set a new record this weekend.
Britain and Germany are tied for most wins at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, while Germany sit one podium finish ahead of Britain. Either could climb to the top of those lists in 2021.
Lewis Hamilton could set a new record for most pole positions at the Canadian Grand Prix if he sets the fastest Saturday time this weekend. It would see him surpass Michael Schumacher’s record of six poles at the event. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel can join the duo on most poles at the event should he take pole this weekend.
Williams, McLaren and Ferrari are currently tied for most pole positions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with eight apiece. A pole for any of those teams this weekend would see them set a new outright record.
Ferrari and Mercedes engines could equal Renault power as the most successful engine manufacturer in qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix if either of their power units take pole this weekend.
A third place finish for Valtteri Bottas would see him equal Jean Alesi and Eddie Irvine as the driver to have scored the most third place finishes at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Alesi and Irvine finished third at the event three times in their careers.
A fourth place finish for Sebastian Vettel would see him set a new outright record for most fourth place finishes at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He is currently tied with Gerhard Berger, Keke Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen on three fourth place finishes at the track.
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon will all be looking to maintain their 100% Q3 appearance rate at the Canadian Grand Prix. Juan Pablo Montoya and Nico Rosberg are the only other drivers to have never missed out on Q3 at this circuit.
Sebastian Vettel could become the driver to have scored the most points at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but only if he out-scores Lewis Hamilton by 20 points. Meanwhile, Hamilton can become the first driver to have scored 200 points at the circuit if he scores 15 points.
Lando Norris will be hoping to move out of a group of 47 drivers with a 100% DNF rate at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
A Q2 exit for Sergio Perez would set a new record for Q2 eliminations at the track. Along with Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat, Perez has been eliminated in Q2 in Montreal four times so far in his career. Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso could record their fourth Q2 exit at the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
A Q1 exit for Lance Stroll would be his fourth at the circuit. He would equal Marcus Ericsson and Heikki Kovalainen as the driver to have had the most Q1 exits at the Canadian Grand Prix.
If Valtteri Bottas scores 15 points, he will become the fourth driver to have scored 100 points at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST WIN OF 2022
Victory for Lewis Hamilton in any race in 2022 will see him become the first driver in F1 history to have won a race in 16 different seasons, as well as the first to win in 16 consecutive seasons.
June 10th marked 15 years since Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 win at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix. If Hamilton wins any race from now on, he’ll become only the second driver – after Kimi Raikkonen – with a gap of longer than 15 years between his first and last F1 wins.
If he takes pole position, sets the fastest lap and wins the race, Lewis Hamilton would become the second driver – after Michael Schumacher – to record 20 hat tricks in his F1 career.
If Lewis Hamilton sets the Fastest Lap of the race, he will become the first driver to set 60 Fastest Laps with a single engine manufacturer.
Pole for a British driver would see the nation equal their own record for most consecutive seasons in which a nation has taken pole. The current record held by British drivers is 19 consecutive seasons with a pole position, between 1955 and 1973.
At the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton recorded his 32nd third place finish in F1. Another third place this weekend would see him equal Sebastian Vettel as the driver to have recorded the second-most third places in F1 history. Only Kimi Raikkonen sits ahead of Vettel and Hamilton in this list, with 45 third place results.
MERCEDES STILL SEEK SUCCESS
Pole for Mercedes would make them the first engine manufacturer to have poles in 26 consecutive seasons. Ferrari are the only other engine manufacturer to have poles in 25 successive years. Their record streak ended in 2020. Meanwhile, if a Mercedes-powered car leads the race, the manufacturer would be first to lead races in 28 consecutive seasons.
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.
After graduating 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. 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 Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.