Canadian Grand Prix Preview

CIRCUIT GILLES-VILLENEUVE

Lap record 1:33.622 (Reubens Barrichello 2004)
First Grand Prix 1978
Number of laps 70
Last year’s winner Lewis Hamilton

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Last year’s race report

Driver quotes (F1.com):

Daniel Ricciardo 
“I love the Canadian Grand Prix and it’s my type of track. It’s another street circuit where you can get close to the walls, I’ve had a race win there and it’s great fun both on and off-track. What’s not to love?

“It’s also a tricky track to get right and although there aren’t a whole lot of corners they are all quite complex.”

Fernando Alonso
“The layout of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve means it’s very power-limited and therefore dependent on straight-line speed and power. It’s not going to suit our car as much as the twisty, slower corners of Monaco, but I’m excited to get back in the MCL32, catch up with the guys and girls in the team and get back out on track – not only turning left this time!”

Toto Wolff
“I’m expecting an interesting weekend in Canada. It could be a tricky race for us in terms of the layout of the track. But, equally, it’s a circuit that suits both of our drivers. Lewis (Hamilton) has won a number of times in the past and Valtteri (Bottas) has always gone strongly there for Williams. It will be about doing our homework right to give the drivers the car they need to succeed”

Stoffel Vandoorne
“It’s a new venue for me this weekend as I’ve never raced there before, but I’ve driven the track plenty of times in the simulator already. It’s a tough circuit and I can see why people say it’s a ‘driver’s track’ – there’s a lot to keep you busy and high concentration is essential – the Wall of Champions is proof of that!”

Kevin Magnussen
“It’s similar [to Monaco] in the way that you need big balls for Canada. It’s a really enjoyable circuit to drive. Always when the walls are close to the track, it makes it a lot more exciting.

“It’s going to be pretty tricky [with brakes]. We’ve had difficulties with temperatures and wear on the brakes this year. Canada is definitely going to be another tricky one, but I’m sure we’ll manage.”

Timings (BST):

FP1 9th June 15:00 – 16:30
FP2 9th June 19:00 – 20:30
FP3 10th June 15:00 – 16:00
QUALIFYING 10th June 18:00 – 19:00
RACE 11th June 19:00 – 21:00
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