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F1 Canadian Grand Prix: 5 Most Successful Drivers of all time

George Howson
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Lewis Hamilton (left) and Michael Schumacher both excelled in Canada, but who has the most wins?
Lewis Hamilton (left) and Michael Schumacher both excelled in Canada, but who has the most wins?

With the Canadian Grand Prix taking place this upcoming weekend, fans will be eager to see an F1 race that excites us, something we haven't seen much of this season.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one that usually produces a thriller, with its high average speeds and its unforgiving barriers. The only Formula 1 street circuit in the western hemisphere is a favourite of both the supporters and the drivers, and to get an understanding of who is in with a chance of victory on Sunday, it helps to see who has had the most success in Montreal.


#5 Ayrton Senna (2)

Ayrton Senna won twice in Canada for McLaren.
Ayrton Senna won twice in Canada for McLaren.

There's a five-way tie for drivers who have achieved two victories in Canada. Ayrton Senna edges out Alan Jones, Sir Jackie Stewart and Jacky Ickx due to the fact he also had a fourth-place finish at the Canadian GP.

Pedro Rodriguez also has two wins at the Canadian Grand Prix, but those victories were when the event was a sports car race, not being run to Formula 1 specifications. Senna is the sixth most successful driver in F1 history in terms of overall wins, so it's no surprise that he finds himself on this list.

The Brazillian never won in Montreal during his Lotus days, despite claiming the fastest lap in 1985. However, that soon changed when Senna joined McLaren, overtaking his teammate Alain Prost after losing pole in 1988 as part of a hat-trick victory (pole, win and fastest lap).

He'd repeat the feat in wet conditions in 1990, showing off some incredible car control on slick tyres on wet tarmac along the way. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one that is traditionally a car breaker, thanks to the large amount of stress that the engines have to withstand to make the chequered flag and Senna fell victim to this on a number of occasions.

He suffered turbo issues in 1985, retired from the lead in '89 and '91 and retired with mechanical issues in both 1992 and '93.

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