Canadian Grand Prix

The Canadian Grand Prix is part of the Formula One World Championship. Raced since 1961, the Canadian Grand Prix attracts some of the highest television ratings in international sport. At present the Canadian Grand Prix is the only Formula One World Championship event hosted in North America.

Laps: 70
Lap Distance: 4.361km
Race Distance: 305.270km

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Named after one of Canada’s most famous racing drivers, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the second Canadian racetrack to host the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is recognised as one of the fastest in the world, with long straight sections and two particularly severe chicanes at either end of the racetrack.

The wall at the exit of the final chicane is the track’s most famous feature. The so-called ‘wall of Quebec’ has proved to be the undoing of several top drivers including Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher.

Canadian Grand Prix History

The first Canadian Grand Prix was raced in 1961 at Mosport Park as part of the Canadian Sports Car Championship. By 1967 the race had been incorporated into the Formula One World Championship. The first Formula One Canadian Grand Prix was won by Jack Brabham

In 1978 the Canadian Grand Prix was moved to the Circuit Île Notre-Dame in Montreal. Gilles Villeneuve won the first race held at the new venue. The track was renamed after Villeneuve in 1982 after his death during a qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Barring race cancellations in 1975 and 1987 the Canadian Grand Prix has formed part of the Formula One World Championship every year since 1967. The race has strong spectator appeal and consistently draws huge crowds. In 2005 the Canadian Grand Prix attracted the third biggest television audience of any sports event held during that year.

The Future of the Canadian Grand Prix

The Canadian Grand Prix was removed from the World Championship fixture list in 2004. However, race organisers managed to secure funds to buy a place in the World Championship and the Canadian Grand Prix went ahead that year.

Given that the Canadian Grand Prix is the only World Championship event held in North America, and the fact that the race consistently draws crowds of 300 000+ spectators, the event is now expected to be retained as a fixture on the World Championship list well into the next decade.

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