Mercedes have finished on the Canadian Grand Prix podium in every year since 2013, Red Bull have recorded only two retirements at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and McLaren have not scored here since 2014. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Canadian Grand Prix!
WINS: 3, POLES: 4, PODIUMS: 9 | 2022 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 1st, PEREZ DNF
Red Bull have won three times at the Canadian Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel in 2013, Daniel Ricciardo in 2014 and Max Verstappen in 2022. 2011 and 2014 are the only seasons in which both Red Bull drivers have finished on the podium at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the team yet to record a 1-2 finish at the track.
David Coulthard in 2007, Max Verstappen in 2017 and Sergio Perez in 2022 are the only Red Bull drivers to have recorded non-finishes at the Canadian Grand Prix, each as a result of mechanical issues. Aside from the non-finishes, Daniel Ricciardo’s 13th place finish in 2015 is the only other time that a Red Bull driver has failed to score at the track in the last 11 races at the track.
Red Bull have scored four pole positions in Montreal. The first three – in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – were all courtesy of Sebastian Vettel, while Max Verstappen secured the team’s fourth pole at the track in 2022. Mark Webber supplied the team’s only other front row qualifying position at the track in 2010.
In each of the last two Canadian races, a Red Bull driver has been eliminated in Q2. In 2019, Max Verstappen became the first Red Bull driver to be eliminated in Q2 at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2008 while Sergio Perez exited in Q2 in 2022. The team has never recorded a Q1 elimination at the track.
WINS: 11, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 34 | 2022 RESULT: SAINZ 2nd, LECLERC 5th
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 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 has 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 two of the last three races here. The team has never locked-out the front row at this track. 2019’s 1-3 qualifying result equalled their best ever at the circuit, from 2000.
Felipe Massa’s Q2 exit in 2013, Sebastian Vettel’s Q1 elimination in 2015 and Charles Leclerc’s Q2 exit in 2022 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: 4, POLES: 4, PODIUMS: 10 | 2022 RESULT: HAMILTON 3rd, RUSSELL 4th
Mercedes have appeared on the podium at every Canadian Grand Prix since 2013 and have won four of the last six 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. With Lewis Hamilton qualifying fourth and George Russell eighth in 2022, it was the first time no Mercedes drivers qualified on the front row at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2013.
WINS: 3*, POLES: 3*, PODIUMS: 13* | 2022 RESULT: OCON 6th, ALONSO 9th
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 the team in recent years. After both Renault drivers finished seventh and eighth in 2018, they finished sixth and seventh in 2019. On the team’s first appearance as Alpine in 2022, Esteban Ocon finished sixth, while Fernando Alonso finished ninth.
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. Alonso recorded the team’s first front row lockout here since 2006 in 2022, qualifying in second place in a damp qualifying session.
Since the knockout qualifying system was introduced there have been only six occasions that both of the team’s cars have qualified in the top ten in Montreal, three of those being in the last three races.
WINS: 9, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 20 | 2022 RESULT: RICCIARDO 11th, NORRIS 15th
McLaren have failed to score a point at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2014. They’ve won nine times here in the past, most recently with Lewis Hamilton in 2012. In the past six races, 2017 and 2022 are the only times that neither McLaren driver retired from the race. Their best finish here in the past six races is 11th, scored by Fernando Alonso in 2016, Carlos Sainz in 2019 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2022.
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. In 2022, Daniel Ricciardo reached Q3, while Lando Norris was out in Q2.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2022 RESULT: BOTTAS 7th, ZHOU 8th
The former Sauber team scored their only F1 victory so far at the Canadian Grand Prix 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 scored only one point at the track between 2013 and 2019. That was in 2018, when Charles Leclerc finished tenth. In 2022, both Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu picked up points for Alfa Romeo in the team’s first double points appearance in Canada since 2012. 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 the Canadian Grand Prix, 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.
In 2022, Valtteri Bottas became the team’s first driver to reach Q3 at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2008. Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi and Zhou Guanyu’s Q2 appearances in 2018, 2019 and 2022 respectively are the only times that the team has made it out of Q1 in the last five Montreal races.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 3* | 2022 RESULT: STROLL 10th, VETTEL 12th
The Silverstone-based team have scored in all of the past eight 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 the past six Canadian Grands Prix, the Silverstone-based team has recorded three double Q3 appearances. However, neither driver has made it out of Q1 in the last two races at the circuit.
Jarno Trulli recorded the team’s best ever qualifying result at the circuit with fourth place for Jordan in 2001. In 2019, the team recorded their fist Q1 exits at the venue since 2013.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2022 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 17th, SCHUMACHER DNF
In 2022, Mick Schumacher recorded the Haas team’s first retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix. The team has scored only one point from their five visits here so far. Their point came courtesy of Romain Grosjean, who finished tenth in 2017. The team’s worst result aside from their 2022 DNF is 17th, which is where Kevin Magnussen finished in 2019.
Haas recorded their first double Q3 appearance in Canada in 2022. Kevin Magnussen recorded the team’s best qualifying result at the track with fifth place, while Mick Schumacher qualified sixth.
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.
Haas have recorded two Q1 exits here: 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.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2022 RESULT: GASLY 14th, TSUNODA DNF
Daniil Kvyat’s tenth place finish at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix marked the first time that Toro Rosso scored at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2016. In all of the last four 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 in which both of the Red Bull junior team’s drivers have scored points in Montreal.
The Red Bull junior team has reached the final part of qualifying only three times at 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 from the previous seven races here. In four of the last six Montreal races, both Toro Rosso cars have been eliminated in Q2, while both drivers were out in Q1 in 2022 – the team’s first double Q1 exit at the track since 2008.
WINS: 7, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 20 | 2022 RESULT: ALBON 13th, LATIFI 16th
Williams have scored five wins and 20 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. The team have not scored here since. 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 ten occasions since 1978 that neither Williams driver has qualified in the top ten in Montreal, and three of those have been in the last three races here. 2018 and 2019 are the only seasons where Williams have recorded double Q1 exits at the circuit.
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