Red Bull are looking to record their 100th win and equal their longest victory streak, while Verstappen could achieve the rare feat of leading every lap at three consecutive races. Here are the milestones and the records which could be broken at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix!
THE 2023 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX MILESTONES
The 2023 Canadian Grand Prix will be the 1,087th World Championship event in Formula 1 history.
This will be the 52nd time that Formula 1 has raced in Canada. It will be the 58th Canadian Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1961 and the 52nd time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship.
This will be the 42nd time that the Canadian Grand Prix has been held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Montreal circuit overtakes the Nurburgring as the venue to have hosted the fifth-most World Championship races in Formula 1.
Yuki Tsunoda will make his 50th Grand Prix start this weekend, becoming the 145th driver to have made 50 starts in Formula 1. This will also be his 50th start in car number 22. Andrea de Cesaris and Jenson Button are the only other drivers to have made 50 starts in car number 22.
This will be the 200th race in which Alfa Romeo has competed as a constructor.
Fernando Alonso makes his 18th appearance at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, equalling Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello as the drivers to have made the most Canadian Grand Prix starts.
The 2023 Canadian Grand Prix will be the sixth round of the World Championship to be held on June 18. The last race held on this date was the 2000 Canadian Grand Prix. This will be the third Canadian Grand Prix to take place on June 18.
The 67th lap of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix will be the 2,900th Grand Prix racing lap to take place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
THE FORMULA 1 RECORDS TO BREAK
Red Bull could be set for a milestone victory at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix. A win this weekend would be their 100th in Formula 1, becoming the fifth team to reach a century of Grand Prix wins.
Having won every race since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Red Bull could equal their longest winning streak in Formula 1 at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix. A victory this weekend would be their ninth in a row. The team have previously won nine consecutive races twice: between the 2013 Belgian and Brazilian Grands Prix and between the 2022 French and Mexico City Grands Prix. It would be only the eighth streak of nine or more wins for a constructor in Formula 1 history.
Red Bull are looking to become the third team to have won all of the first eight races of the year. It’s a feat which has been achieved only twice previously: by McLaren in 1988 and Mercedes in 2019.
If Max Verstappen wins the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, it will be his 41st victory. That would see him equal Ayrton Senna for fifth place on the list of most Formula 1 wins.
Max Verstappen has won each of the last two races by over 20 seconds. If he were to do so again this weekend, it would be the first time that a single driver has won three consecutive races by over 20 seconds since Michael Schumacher did so between the 1994 Pacific and Monaco Grands Prix.
Having led the last two races from start to finish, Max Verstappen could become the first driver since Sebastian Vettel in 2012 to lead three consecutive races from start to end at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix. Vettel did so between the 2012 Japanese and Indian Grands Prix. It would be only the sixth time that a driver has led every lap of three consecutive races.
Should Max Verstappen lead every lap of the race, he would become only the seventh driver to have led ten Grands Prix from start to finish.
Verstappen has led all of the last 154 Grand Prix laps. Should he lead all 70 laps of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, he’ll move up to fifth in the list of most consecutive laps led in Formula 1. It would be the longest such streak since Nigel Mansell led 235 consecutive laps in 1992.
A win from pole position would make Max Verstappen the fifth driver to have taken 20 victories from pole position in his Formula 1 career.
Points for Max Verstappen this weekend would make this the 27th consecutive race weekend at which he has scored. That would see him equal the longest points-scoring streak of Kimi Raikkonen’s career, putting him third in the list of the longest points streaks in Formula 1.
Fernando Alonso is on the hunt for his 104th podium finish in Formula 1. Should he finish in the top three this weekend, he would overtake Kimi Raikkonen and sit fifth on the list of most Formula 1 podiums.
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, it would be his eighth win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. That would equal the record for most victories at a single circuit.
If Lewis Hamilton leads 46 laps of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, this would be only the eighth time that a driver has led 400 laps at a single circuit.
At the 2023 Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen joined a small group of drivers who’ve won a race from eight different grid positions. Verstappen is one grid position away from equalling Fernando Alonso as the driver to have won from the most different grid slots in F1. Verstappen will equal the record should he win from 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th or any grid position further back than 14th.
Max Verstappen could equal Sebastian Vettel as the driver to have taken the fourth-most wins without starting from pole position. Verstappen has won 21 races so far in his career without having taken pole position for the Grand Prix.
Having already won the Saudi Arabian and Singapore Grands Prix, one more victory for Sergio Perez in 2023 would make this the first season in which he has won three Grands Prix in a single year.
If Fernando Alonso wins any race this season, he will become the oldest driver to win a Grand Prix since Jack Brabham at the 1970 South African Grand Prix. Brabham won that race at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 5 days.
A podium finish for either Ferrari driver will make the team the first to record 800 podium finishes in Formula 1.
If Lance Stroll scores seven or more points this weekend, he’ll overtake Jacques Villeneuve as the Canadian driver to have scored the most points in Formula 1.
If Fernando Alonso lines up fifth on the grid, he will equal Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have lined up fifth on the grid on the most occasions in Formula 1. Raikkonen started fifth on 39 occasions during his career.
A fifth place finish for Fernando Alonso in the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix would see him equal Jenson Button for the most fifth place finishes in Formula 1. Button finished fifth on 27 occasions during his career.
If Logan Sargeant picks up two points this weekend, the United States would become the tenth nation to have scored 1,000 points in Formula 1. American drivers have been stuck on 998 points since the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, when Michael Andretti scored the last points of his career with a podium finish for McLaren.
A points finish for Valtteri Bottas at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix would see Finland overtake Italy as the nation to have scored in the fifth most F1 races. Both nations have scored points in 417 races to date.
A podium finish for Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri would make 2023 the 50th season in which a McLaren driver has finished on the podium.
If a British driver takes pole position at any race in 2023, it would be the 20th consecutive season in which a British driver has taken pole. It would be a new record for most consecutive seasons in which a nation has taken a pole position, overtaking Britain’s long-standing record of 19 seasons with a pole position between 1955 and 1973.
An eighth place finish for Nico Hulkenberg would see him equal Jenson Button and Carlos Sainz as the driver with the most eighth place finishes in Formula 1. Button recorded his 20th and final eighth place finish at the 2016 German Grand Prix, while Sainz equalled Button’s record at the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix.
A 14th place finish for Lance Stroll would see him set a new record for the most 14th place finishes in Formula 1. He currently shares the record with Pastor Maldonado.
If Esteban Ocon scores three points this weekend, he’ll overtake Romain Grosjean as the French driver to have scored the second most points in Formula 1.
A double Q1 exit for Williams would make them the first constructor to record 70 double Q1 exits. Other teams have done so in the past, but Williams will be the first to do so having had a single constructor name during that time. Other ‘teams’ to have reached 70 double Q1 eliminations are the Silverstone team (Midland, Spyker, Force India, Racing Point, Aston Martin), the Caterham team (Team Lotus, Caterham) and the Manor team (Virgin, Marussia, Manor).
2023 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX: RECORDS TO BREAK
Victory for Lewis Hamilton would see him overtake Michael Schumacher as the driver to record the most Canadian Grand Prix wins. The pair are currently tied on seven wins apiece.
If Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz win the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari will equal McLaren as the team to have won the Canadian Grand Prix on the most occasions. McLaren could extend the record to 14.
A victory for a Ferrari-powered car would see the engine manufacturer equal Ford Cosworth as the manufacturer to have powered the most Canadian Grand Prix victories. Similarly, a podium finish for Ferrari power would see them overtake Ford Cosworth as the engine manufacturer to have had the most podiums in Canada.
Should Lewis Hamilton lead all 78 laps of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, he will be one lap away from equalling Michael Schumacher as the driver to have led the most laps at the Canadian Grand Prix.
If Ferrari spend 58 laps in the lead of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, they will become the first team to have led 1,000 laps at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Should he complete the first 52 laps of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso will become the third driver – after Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen – to have completed 1,000 racing laps at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
British and German drivers are currently tied for most wins at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with ten apiece. The two nations are also tied for most podiums at the track, with 24 each. Either nation could become the first to reach 25 top three finishes at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend.
If a team other than Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull win the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, it would equal the longest consecutive streak of different team wins at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It would be the fourth time that four different teams have won four consecutive races at the circuit.
A third place finish for Valtteri Bottas or Lewis Hamilton would see them equal the record of most third place finishes at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The record is currently shared between Jean Alesi and Eddie Irivne, who each finished third on three occasions at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon and Zhou Guanyu will be hoping to maintain their 100% points rate at the Canadian Grand Prix. If Leclerc and Ocon do so, they’ll equal Gilles Villeneuve as the drivers to have made the most overall appearances at the track without failing to score. Villeneuve scored on all four appearances at the track which now bears his name.
2023 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING RECORDS
If Lewis Hamilton takes pole position at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, he’ll overtake Michael Schumacher as the driver with the most poles in Canada. Both drivers have six poles to their name at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Williams, McLaren and Ferrari are all tied for most poles at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with eight pole positions apiece. A pole for any of those teams would see them set a new outright record of nine poles at the track.
Renault is the engine manufacturer to have powered the most pole positions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Their record tally of nine poles could be equalled this weekend by Mercedes or Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton, Esteban Ocon and Zhou Guanyu will all be hoping to remain in a group of six drivers who hold a 100% Q3 appearance record at the Canadian Grand Prix.
If he’s eliminated in Q2, Nico Hulkenberg will equal Sergio Perez’s record of most Q2 eliminations at the Canadian Grand Prix. Perez could extend the existing record to six.
If Lance Stroll is out in Q1 at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, he’ll set a new outright record of five Q1 exits at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He’s currently tied on four Q1 eliminations here with Heikki Kovalainen and Marcus Ericsson.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST VICTORY SINCE 2021
Victory for Lewis Hamilton would see car number 44 equal car number 2 as the car number to have taken the third most wins in Formula 1.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton at any race in 2023 would see him move into the top 20 of the oldest drivers to win a Grand Prix in Formula 1. He would overtake Damon Hill as the third-oldest British driver to have won a Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton wins any race this year, he’ll overtake Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have had the longest gap between his first and last Grand Prix victories. He’d also be the first driver to have won after the 300th race of his career. Fernando Alonso would break the record if he were to take victory.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton would make him the first driver to have won in 16 different Formula 1 seasons. 2022 is the only season during his career in which Hamilton has not taken a victory.
WILL MERCEDES BE BACK IN THE FIGHT?
A victory for Mercedes would make 2023 the 12th consecutive season in which the team has won a race. They would be only the third team to win in 12 consecutive seasons, after Ferrari (1994-2013) and McLaren (1981-1993).
Pole position for Mercedes would see them become only the second team, after Ferrari between 1994 and 2008, to have taken pole positions in 12 consecutive seasons.
Victory for a Mercedes-powered car would see them become only the third engine manufacturer to have won in 17 consecutive Formula 1 seasons. The only other manufacturers to have done so are Ferrari (20 seasons, between 1994-2013) and Ford Cosworth (17 seasons, between 1967-1983).
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.