Montreal’s Ile Notre Dame island has hosted the Canadian Grand Prix since 1978. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about Circuit Gilles Villeneuve!
Track length: 4.361km
Race length: 305.270km
Circuit opened: 1978
F1 first visited: 1978
Races held: 40
Track Record: 1:10.240, Sebastian Vettel, 2019
Lap Record: 1:13.078 , Valtteri Bottas, 2019
Since 1978, there have been 40 Canadian Grands Prix held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In that time, 23 different drivers have won the race.
Two drivers share the record for most wins in Montreal: Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton took his seventh victory at the track in 2019. Ferrari have the most wins of any team with 11, having taken their first Canada victory since 2004 in 2018. Ferrari-powered cars have also won here more often than any other engine manufacturer. German and British drivers are tied for the most wins of any other nation, with ten each. German drivers Ralf Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have contributed an extra three victories to Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven, while British drivers Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button have added to Hamilton’s tally.
There have been 12 occasions on which a team has recorded a 1-2 finish in Montreal. Most recently, Mercedes finished with their cars in first and second place in 2017.
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.
Williams, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes are the teams who have taken back-to-back wins at this circuit. No team have won more than three races in a row here. It’s a feat which has been achieved by Ferrari (2002-04), McLaren (2010-12) and Mercedes (2015-17).
There are four previous winners of the Canadian Grand Prix on the 2022 grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most, with seven. The other previous winners are Sebastian Vettel, who has won here twice, and Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo who each have a single victory at the track.
Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes each share the record for most consecutive team wins at the track. No team has won more than three races in a row at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
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 ten seconds 23 times. It has been won by less than five seconds on eighteen occasions, and has been won by less than a second three times – in 1999, 2000 and 2003.
The average win margin at the circuit is 10.839 seconds, though from the last ten races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the average win margin at the Canadian Grand Prix has been 6.423 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
Since Circuit Gilles Villeneuve began hosting the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978, 50 different drivers have finished on the podium.
Michael Schumacher has the most podiums here, with 12, while Ferrari are the team with the most top three finishes. The Italian team’s tally of 33 podium finishes leaves them 13 ahead of McLaren and Williams. German drivers have more podiums than drivers from any other nation, with 24. British drivers are one behind, with 23 top three finishes.
From the 2022 grid, eight drivers have previously finished in the top three in Canada. Lewis Hamilton has the most Montreal podiums from the current field, with eight. Sebastian Vettel trails him with six, Valtteri Bottas has had four, Fernando Alonso three, Daniel Ricciardo two and Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen have each finished on the podium here once. Charles Leclerc became the track’s 50th podium finisher in 2019.
The polesitter at this track has gone on to finish on the podium 30 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.
There have been only five occasions on which all of the top three on the grid have gone on to finish on the podium. It has happened in both of the last two races. The top three qualifiers at the track have finished in the order they started only twice at this track. 2018 was the first time since 1979 that this has happened.
12th on the grid is the only grid slot in the top 13 positions on the grid to have never given a podium finish at this track.
There have been 20 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. Williams, McLaren and Ferrari are also tied for the most team poles in Montreal, with eight each. German drivers have the most poles at this track. Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Ralf Schumacher and Nico Rosberg have all contributed to the nation’s tally of 13 starts from the front of the grid.
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are the only drivers present on the current grid who’ve previously taken pole here. The trio have taken all but one of the last 13 poles at the circuit. Hamilton has six compared to Vettel’s five, while Alonso’s only pole here came in 2006.
Nelson Piquet, Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the five drivers who’ve taken back-to-back poles at 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 poles in a row in the three races here between 2007 and 2009, and then again between 2015 and 2017.
The most consecutive number of poles for a team at this circuit is four, which Mercedes achieved from 2014 to 2017.
The difference between the slowest and fastest pole laps at this track is 27.775 seconds, the slowest being Jean-Pierre Jarier’s time in 1978, and the fastest being the 2019 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, when 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 16 occasions, including four times in the last seven Canadian Grands Prix.
Overall, the average pole margin at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is 0.256 seconds. The average from the last ten qualifying sessions at the Canadian Grand Prix is 0.192 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
From 40 races at the track, the Grand Prix has been won from pole 19 times. The polesitter has finished on the podium 25 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 26 times, meaning 14 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 two of the past seven Canadian Grands Prix haven’t been won from pole (2014 and 2019).
The most drivers to finish on the same lap as the winner of a race at this track is 14, which happened in 2012, while the fewest is three, which has happened eight times – most recently in 2004.
The Safety Car has made an appearance in 13 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.
In total, 27 different drivers have set the fastest lap of the Canadian Grand Prix. 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 922 cars which have started a Canadian Grand Prix at this track, 503 have seen the chequered flag. That gives an overall finish rate of 54.56%. The most number of cars to reach the end of a race here is twenty, which happened in 2012, while the fewest is five, which occurred in 1994.
There have been five red-flagged Grands Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The 1981 and 2018 Canadian Grands Prix are the only races at the circuit which have not run to their scheduled distance. The 1981 race reached the two-hour time limit due to wet weather, while the chequered flag was erroneously shown one lap early at the 2018 event.
In total, there have been 2,763 racing laps held at this circuit.
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.
Both of F1’s first visits to the Ile Notre Dame Island were for dead rubber races. Both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships had already been decided before the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978 and 1979.
The winner of the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has gone on to win the title in the same season 16 times, while the polesitter has gone on to win the title in the same year on 17 occasions.
The championship leader after the Canadian Grand Prix has gone on to win that year’s title on 26 occasions since 1978.
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.
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