Canadian Grand Prix- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
The man-made island in the St Lawrence river in Montreal hosts F1 in Canada currently. It has a rich history under Formula 1 dating back to 1967 when the country hosted its first round of World Championship. Originally called as the Île Notre-Dame Circuit, named after the island on which it is located, the track was renamed after their home hero’s tragic death in 1982. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been its name since then, paying tribute to the inaugural winner of the circuit.
The Wall of Champions
It has become the Wall of Champions due to the number of drivers who have crashed on to it. This is right at the 13th and last turn of the Circuit Giles Villeneuve which would lead to the start-finish line.
Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Jensen Button and the list goes long for the drivers who have had a hit on this wall. Being deemed too dangerous to avoid a smack at the end of each lap, slight modifications to that wall were done ahead of the 2017 race.
Be it Mosport Park or Mont-Tremblant or the current home at Norte Dame Island at Montreal, it has always been Ferrari drivers who have been at the better end. Except for the fact that Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has had a great run at Montreal, winning the Canadian Grand Prix for last 3 consecutive years. With already 6 Canadian Grand Prix titles to his name, Lewis Hamilton will be looking forward to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 7 titles this year, which is scheduled on 10th of June 2018.
Heavy breaking and high speeding are the two most important characteristics of Montreal’s circuit. To aid better speeding Ferrari ditched their drag by introducing a new spoon-shaped rear wing. Last year though Ferrari tried a bigger braking feature trying various duct set-ups, Kimi Raikkonen suffered some brake issues during the latter part of the race. These illustrate how challenging the Montreal circuit is and so, this year too we can expect a lot more technical advancements by the constructors to aid speeding or better braking.
The popular grandstand at the Circuit Giles Villeneuve with a view of the skyline of Montreal is now known as the Lance Stroll Grandstand. This stand offers a great view of the drivers entering and maneuvering the famous hairpin bend and then accelerating towards the 11th turn. Now known as the Lance Stroll Grandstand are to show their support to the young local hero Lance Stroll, by giving away a free t-shirt and cap for every ticket-holder.