1066th F1 GRAND PRIX | 57th CANADIAN GRAND PRIX | 41st GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE
2019 POLESITTER: SEBASTIAN VETTEL | 2019 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Named after Canadian racing legend, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will make a triumphant return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2022. The 2022 Canadian Grand Prix is set to take place on June 17-19.
Friday 17th June
Free Practice 1 – 2:00pm Local Time/ 7:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5:00pm Local Time/ 10:00pm UK Time
Saturday 18th June
Free Practice 3 – 1:00pm Local Time/ 6:00pm UK Time
Qualifying- 4:00pm Local Time/ 9:00pm UK Time
Sunday 19th June
The 2022 Canadian Grand Prix – 2:00pm Local Time/ 7:00pm UK Time
- 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.
- 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).
- A win for Ferrari would see them equal McLaren’s record tally of thirteen 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.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO CANADA?
There have been a number of changes to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix. The angle of the concrete wall at Turn 13 has been modified to avoid impact with the kerb in case of a crash. In addition, new debris fencing has been installed at Turns 10 & 11, while the fast lane of the pit lane has been resurfaced.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE CANADIAN GRAND PRIX?
There will be three DRS activation zones at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, with two detection points. The activation zones are located on the main straight, between Turns 7 & 8 and on the back straight after the hairpin.
CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE TRACK GUIDE
The streets of the Ile Notre Dame island have seen plenty of chaos and surprises over the years. As one of the most well liked and well-attended Grands Prix of the season, the Canadian round of the championship always seems to deliver.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is situated on the man-made island of Notre Dame, just a stone’s throw from Montreal. The island, on the St Lawrence River, was constructed to celebrate Canada’s centennial, and for Expo 67, widely regarded as the most successful World’s Fair of the twentieth century. The site continued to host exhibitions after, but declining attendance figures saw the area begin to struggle. In 1975, the area was transformed, ready to host the rowing and canoeing events for the 1976 Olympics, which were being held in Montreal.
Formula 1 was no newcomer to Canada when the cars first took to the Montreal track in 1978. The Canadian Grand Prix had been held at Mosport Park since 1967, with the Mont-Tremblant circuit in Quebec also hosting the event in 1968 and 1970. Fears had been growing over the safety of the Mosport Park track for a number of years and a crash for Ian Ashley in 1977, in which he suffered leg injuries, proved to be the final straw for F1’s running at the circuit. Instead, the sport found a new home at the Circuit Île Notre-Dame. The track was designed by Roger Peart and was built quickly in order to host the penultimate round of the 1978 season. Gilles Villeneuve won the first Grand Prix at the track and, following his fatal accident in 1982, the track was renamed in his honour.
The race has been held every year since 1978, with just two exceptions. In 1987, the race was cancelled due to a sponsorship dispute between beer manufacturers Molson and Labatt’s. For 2009, the race was featured on the provisional calendar, but was dropped by the time the final calendar emerged. The 2009 season was the first time there had been no Grands Prix in North America since 1958.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The 20 drivers will be split into four groups for this week’s press conference. Here are the groups:
- Group 1:
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
George Russell (Mercedes)
- Group 2:
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
- Group 3:
Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Alex Albon (Williams)
- Group 4:
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Otmar Szafnauer (Alpine), Mike Krack (Aston Martin), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Zak Brown (McLaren) and Jost Capito (Williams).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Eduardo Freitas will be the race director at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Emanuele Pirro.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE CANADIAN GRAND PRIX?
Controversy reigned in Canada in 2019 as Sebastian Vettel crossed the line first but the win was awarded to Lewis Hamilton following a time penalty for the Ferrari driver.
A crash at the end of Q2 for Kevin Magnussen compromised the Haas team’s afternoon, as Romain Grosjean was unable to complete his final lap. The red flag also led to Max Verstappen being eliminated in Q2. Sebastian Vettel took his first pole position of the season by lapping two tenths faster than Lewis Hamilton. Vettel stayed ahead in a relatively drama-free opening lap, aside from for Alex Albon, who lost his front wing following contact with an Alfa Romeo. Lando Norris became the first retirement with a rear brake issue, leading to a suspension failure. The Renault drivers had a strong race, with Daniel Ricciardo defending hard from Valtteri Bottas for fifth place. Vettel came under increasing pressure from Hamilton as the midpoint of the race passed. On Lap 48, he ran wide and re-joined the track right in front of the Mercedes. His contentious re-entry on to the track led to him receiving a five second penalty. Meanwhile, further back Guenther Steiner was unimpressed with Magnussen labelling his day as “the worst experience I’ve ever had in any race car ever”. Vettel crossed the line first, but the win was given to Hamilton. Charles Leclerc finished on the final step of the podium. Vettel failed to return his car to parc-ferme, instead swapping the number boards and placing the number one in the empty space where his car should have been. Ferrari appealed the penalty, but the result stood following the team’s lack of new evidence.