Built in: 1978
First Grand Prix:
Grand Prix Helds: 27
Capacity around 100000
Track Lenght: 4.361 km
Laps Number: 70 (305.270 Km)
Corners: 12 (left:5) (right:7)
Top Speed: 348 Km/h
Start Offset line: 0 m
Best lap time: R. Barrichello - 1'13''622
Canada F1 2006 Track Review :
The Canadian Grand Prix was moved to Montreal in 1978, as Mosport Park was thought to be outdated and too dangerous. It was built around the site of Expo 67, and it is a mixture of street circuit and permanent road course. Downtown Montreal is only a stone's throw away.
One look at the circuit is enough to tell the story. This track breaks many a car. The first chicane catches out even the best of driver. The first race held on this circuit showed a maiden victory for the local hero, Gilles Villeneuve. In 1982, the track was renamed in his memory, and saw tragedy when Riccardo Paletti was involved in an opening lap accident, running into the back of Didier Pironi's stalled Ferrari, an accident that claimed Paletti's life.
The strangest finish ever remembered at Montreal was when Nigel Mansell was leading, and celebrated a little too soon. He coasted to a halt and stalled the Williams, allowing a very surprised Nelson Piquet to win his last victory for Benetton.
Michael Schumacher raced to victory in 1997 when the race was shortened because Olivier Panis crashed his Prost, breaking his leg. In 1998 Michael Schumacher won the race that was referred to by many as a Formula One demolition derby as there was drama from the opening lap. The race was red flagged after Ralf Schumacher stalled his Jordan on the grid, causing confusion, then as the cars came into the opening chicane, Alex Wurz's Benetton, cut across the grass, jumping over Jean Alesi, before rolling twice. This accident saw four cars off the track. Trulli, Alesi, Herbert, and of course, Wurz.
1999 saw three world champions come unstuck when the all lost control at the final turn - thereafter often referred to as the 'wall of champions'. Damon Hill, in his last Canadian race before retirement, Jacques Villeneuve for BAR and Ferrari driver, Michael Schumacher. Mika Hakkinen went on to win the event, however Michael led home a Ferrari one-two in 2000 with Benetton driver Giancarlo Fisichella completing the podium.
The 2001 event saw rain begin to fall about two-thirds of the way in and Giancarlo Fisichella benefited by making his one and only stop at the perfect time. While the other drivers were forced to make a second stop due to the rain, Fisichella put wets on in his one and only pit to finish the race on the podium and continue his good form in Canada. Ralf Schumacher won the event followed home by brother Michael who took the win the following year with David Coulthard in second place.
In 2003, Michael Schumacher claimed his 68th victory in Montreal after snatching the lead from brother Ralf after his first and faster pit stop. Ralf finished in second place ahead of his Williams team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya.
2004 was another all-Ferrari affair with Schumacher taking the win from team-mate Barrichello by five seconds with Jenson Button third for BAR Honda. BMW Williams suffered a double race disqualification as did the Toyota outfit after it was found that both teams ran illegal brake ducts in the 70-lap event.
Renault's unlucky Montreal streak continued in 2005 when running first and second Giancarlo Fisichella hit mechanical problems and then Fernando Alonso brushed the wall and was forced to retire. This handed the race lead to Juan Pablo Montoya who then promptly drove out of the pits under safety car conditions as the red light was being displayed. The black flag was shown to the Colombian and Kimi Raikkonen took the honours in the sister McLaren.