Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Canada)

MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads the field into the hairpin at the start of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Track name: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Times the race has been held here: 37
First GP: 1978, won by Gilles Villeneuve
Total number of race laps: 70
Complete race distance: 270 kilometers (189.686 miles)
Pit lane speed limit: 80 kph (50 mph)
Pitlane length: 400m/0.249 miles, estimated time loss 22s
2016 winner: Lewis Hamilton, 70 laps, 1:31:05.296
2016 pole position: Lewis Hamilton – 1:12.812
2016 fastest lap: Nico Rosberg, 1:15.599.
Most wins (driver): Michael Schumacher – 7
Most wins(team): Ferrari – 13
Lap record: Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 2004 – 1:13.622
Smallest winning margin: 0.174s, in 2000. The Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello crossed the line side-by-side.
Circuit Length: 4.361km/2.710 miles (only 4 circuits are shorter)
Direction: Clockwise
Turns: 14
Distance to Turn 1 : 260m/0.162 miles
Longest straight: 1.16km/0.721 miles, on the approach to Turn 1
Fastest corner: 260km/h (162mph), Turn Five
Slowest corner: 80km/h (50mph), Turn Two
Top Speed: 350km/h/217mph, on the approach to Turn 13
Full throttle: 67%
DRS Zones: Two, on the approaches to Turns One and 13
Key Corner: The Hairpin, Turn 10, a tight second-gear corner where entry and exit are equally important. The entry is a potential overtaking opportunity, but a clean exit is vital because the longest straight on the circuit follows, along which there is the second DRS zone
Fuel consumption: 1.8kg per lap, making it one of the highest of the season
ERS Demands: High
Brake wear: High. There are seven significant braking events around the lap, all from high speed. This is one of the toughest circuits of the year for brakes
Gear changes: 56 per lap/3920 per race
Safety car likelihood: 80 per cent. Limited run-off increases the probability of an accident and damaged cars cannot be moved easily out of the way..
Tyre choices: Soft, SuperSoft, Ultrasoft
Weather: Warm and sunny
Chance of rain: 30%
Grip levels: Poor due to a combination of old, low-grip asphalt and low aerodynamic downforce levels
Run off: Minimal.

A lap around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:

After the start-finish line you go into turn one. It’s tricky braking with a lot of front locking. You’re straight into turn two – a very bumpy hairpin. Then it’s the chicane. You use a lot of the curb and have to be careful on exit because of the wall.

Then it’s another left and right corner with tricky braking. You come from the right-hand side corner flat out, and then there’s a long throttle application with a lot of g-force. Then you brake for turns eight and nine.

Under the bridge, it’s very bumpy. It’s not so easy to get the grip of the car there. Then it’s the hairpin. Very big braking there. You try to carry some minimum speed and not lose too much time. You then need a good throttle application.

Then there’s the famous chicane at the end of the lap, where you really want to brake as late as possible and carry as much speed as possible through that tricky part.