- Melbourne, Australia
- Sepang, Malaysia
- Shanghai, China
- Sakhir, Bahrain
- Montmelo, Spain
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Montreal, Canada
- Silverstone, Great Britain
- Nürburg, Germany
- Budapest, Hungary
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Monza, Italy
- Yeongam, South Korea
- Suzuka, Japan
- New Delhi, India
- Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
- Austin, U.S.A.
- Sao Paolo, Brazil
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9 Jun 2013 Montreal, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
There’s always a good atmosphere in the grandstand on the outside of Turn 2. The Canadians love their F1, so it’s always packed and noisy, and you get a cracking view of the start from there.
The first chicane is difficult to get right. The turn-in point is blind because you can’t see the kerb and you have to get that right in order to get the second bit right.
The second chicane requires an element of patience. It drops away from you in the middle and you’ve got to try and get a clean exit.
The hairpin isn’t a great corner, but it’s fun on the drivers’ parade. The grandstands are huge and the fans make a lot of noise.
||9 Jun 2013
|No. of laps
||1:13.622 – R Barrichello (2004)
In many ways this grand prix is similar to Melbourne. It’s part-street and part-permanent, like Albert Park, and the city of Montreal really wakes up for the race. There’s a very special atmosphere because the Canadian fans are very passionate about F1.
Like Melbourne, the weather also doesn’t know what it’s doing most of the time. Sometimes it’s scorching and at other times it’ll piss down with rain, which you can do without at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve because the straight-line speeds are very high.
The track is quite technical. You need a lot of things working for you, such as good traction and good stability under braking, and you need a car that rides the kerbs well. Time spent bouncing up in the air is time lost because you’re not on the power. You have to be very precise in the cockpit because the walls are waiting to bite you.
Last year’s race was our first dry one in Canada with Pirelli and tyres dominated proceedings. It’ll be interesting to see how this year’s rubber stands up to the demands of the track.
AS A MATTER OF FACT…
- Mark finished seventh in Canada last year. His best ever result in Montreal was his third place in 2011’s rain-delayed event.The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the only track in F1 that’s subjected to two extremes of weather. The temperature in the middle of winter drops to minus 30 degrees, while in summer it peaks at plus 35.
- Alan Jones, the last Australian world champion, clinched his 1980 world title with victory in that year’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
- There has been only one Canadian world champion in history: Jacques Villeneuve.