Mercedes are the most recent winners of the Canadian Grand Prix, Red Bull have recorded only two retirements and McLaren have not scored here since 2014. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve!
WINS: 4, POLES: 4, PODIUMS: 9 | 2019 RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 4th
Mercedes have appeared on the podium at every Canadian Grand Prix since 2013 and have won four of the last five Montreal races. During their streak of three consecutive victories at the track between 2015 and 2017, they secured two 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. The team locked out the front row between 2014 and 2016 but, while Lewis Hamilton took their fourth pole in 2017, they have had only one driver on the front row in each of the last three Montreal races.
WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 8 | 2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 5th, GASLY 8th
Red Bull have won twice at the Canadian Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel in 2013 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2014. 2011 and 2014 are the only seasons in which 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. 2019 was the first time since 2016 that neither Red Bull driver finished on the Montreal podium.
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 ten races at the track.
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. In 2019, Max Verstappen became the first Red Bull driver to be eliminated in Q2 at the circuit since 2008. The team has never recorded a Q1 elimination at the track.
WINS: 11, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 33 | 2019 RESULT: VETTEL 2nd, LECLERC 3rd
In 2018, Ferrari won their first Canadian Grand Prix since 2004. Sebastian Vettel came close to scoring a back-to-back win for the team in 2019, but a time penalty saw him finish second. Nevertheless, 2019 was the first time that both Ferrari drivers have finished on the podium in Montreal since 2005. 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 race at the track since 1997, with 1996 being their most recent double non-finish here. Ferrari haven’t recorded a DNF in Montreal since Fernando Alonso failed to finish the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari have taken eight poles at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, including in each of the last two races here, but have never locked-out the front row. 2019’s 1-3 qualifying result equalled their best ever at the circuit, from 2000. 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.
WINS: 9, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 20 | 2019 RESULT: SAINZ 11th, NORRIS DNF
McLaren have failed to score a point at the Canadian Grand Prix in all of the last five Montreal races. They’ve won nine times here in the past, most recently with Lewis Hamilton in 2012. In the past five races, 2017 is the only time neither McLaren driver retired from the race. Their best finish here in the past five races is eleventh, scored by Fernando Alonso in 2016 and Carlos Sainz in 2019.
McLaren have taken eight poles at the Canadian Grand Prix and have locked-out the front row five times at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Their most recent front row start here came in 2012, when Lewis Hamilton started from second on the grid. Between 2013 and 2018, the team reached Q3 only twice, however both McLarens progressed to Q3 in 2019.
WINS: 3*, POLES: 3*, PODIUMS: 13* | 2019 RESULT: RICCIARDO 6th, HULKENBERG 7th
Team Enstone have recorded three victories at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Nelson Piquet took his final victory with Benetton at the 1991 Canadian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher won in 1994 and Fernando Alonso was victorious with Renault in 2006. The team has recorded a further ten podium finishes at the track – the most recent of which was for Romain Grosjean, driving for Lotus in 2012. Between 1990 and 2000, 1995 was the only season in which no Benetton drivers finished on the podium. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been a strong track for Renault in recent years. After their drivers finished seventh and eighth in 2018, they finished sixth and seventh in 2019.
The Enstone team has recorded three pole positions at the Canadian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher took pole for Benetton in 1994 and 1995, while Fernando Alonso started from the front for Renault in 2006. Renault locked-out the front row at the circuit in 2006. Since the knockout qualifying system was introduced there have been only five occasions that both of the team’s cars have qualified in the top ten in Montreal, two of those being in the last two races. In 2019, Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth, recording the team’s best qualifying result at the circuit since Fernando Alonso also qualified fourth in 2008.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2019 RESULT: KVYAT 10th, ALBON DNF
Daniil Kvyat’s tenth place finish at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix marked the first time that Toro Rosso scored at the circuit since 2016. In all of the last three Montreal races, the team has recorded at least one DNF. The 2017 race resulted in a double DNF for the team, their second at the track and first since 2007. Their best result here came in 2013, when Jean-Eric Vergne finished sixth. 2011 is the only season where both Toro Rosso drivers have scored points in Montreal.
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. In 2018, Pierre Gasly recorded Toro Rosso’s only Q1 exit in the last seven races here. In four of the last five Montreal races, both Toro Rosso cars have been eliminated in Q2.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 3* | 2019 RESULT: STROLL 9th, PEREZ 12th
The Silverstone-based team have scored in all of the past seven Canadian Grands Prix and have recorded just a single retirement at the circuit since 2012. The team recorded three podium finishes in Canada under their Jordan guise, including a double top three result in 1995. Since their last podium finish in 1997 their best result has been fifth place – recorded by Giancarlo Fisichella in 2002, Nico Hulkenberg in 2014 and Sergio Perez in 2017. In 2019, Lance Stroll finished ninth in his home event, while Perez finished twelfth.
In the past five Canadian Grands Prix, the Silverstone-based team has recorded three double Q3 appearances – and at least one car has progressed to the top ten shootout in all of the five races. They have recorded a single Q1 exit since 2010. Jarno Trulli recorded the team’s best ever qualifying result at the circuit with fourth place for Jordan in 2001. In 2019, Sergio Perez recorded a Q3 appearance, and made it the third season in a row that one of the team’s cars has qualified eighth, while Lance Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit since 2013.
WINS: 7, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 20 | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 16th, KUBICA 18th
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. 2018 was the first time that Williams failed to score a point at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2013, while 2019 also resulted in a point-less finish. Though they failed to score, 2019 was the first time since 2015 that both Williams drivers crossed the finish line at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
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. There have been only nine occasions since 1978 that neither Williams driver has qualified in the top ten in Montreal, and two of those have been in the last two races here. 2018 and 2019 are the only seasons where Williams have recorded double Q1 exits at the circuit.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2019 RESULT: GIOVINAZZI 13th, RAIKKONEN 15th
The former Sauber team 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 in which he’d finished 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 track. That happened in 2018, when Charles Leclerc finished tenth. Despite their low points rate in recent years, the team haven’t recorded a DNF in Canada 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 one of the team’s cars qualified in the top ten at the circuit, while Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi’s Q2 appearances in 2018 and 2019 respectively are the only times that the team have made it out of Q1 in the last four Montreal races.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2019 RESULT: GROSJEAN 15th, MAGNUSSEN 17th
Haas have never recorded a retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix, but have scored only one point from their four visits here so far. Their point came courtesy of Romain Grosjean, who finished tenth in 2017. The team’s worst result here in seventeenth, which is where Kevin Magnussen finished in 2019.
Haas qualified in the top ten at the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time in 2019. Ironically, after getting through to Q3, Kevin Magnussen crashed at the end of Q2 meaning he was unable to set a lap in the session and had to start from the pit lane. It also prevented Romain Grosjean from setting a faster lap time. 2019 was the first time since their maiden season that Haas did not record a Q1 exit at the Canadian Grand Prix. Magnussen was out in Q1 in 2017, while Grosjean failed to set a time in 2018 after an engine blow-up in the pit-lane at the start of qualifying.
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