F1 2016: Canadian Grand Prix Preview

Formula One heads to North America this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Regarded by many as one of the best races on the calendar, the Canadian Grand Prix has been on the Formula One calendar on and off since 1967. It is held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and features the iconic Wall of Champions which has seen the likes of Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Jenson Button crash into it.

Circuit: Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Number of Laps: 70
Circuit Length: 4.361km
Number of Corners: 14
Lap Record: 1:13.622 Rubens Barrichello (2004)
Previous Canadian Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 6
Most Successful Team: Ferrari & McLaren (13 wins)
DRS Zones: 2   
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft

Lewis Hamilton is the most successful current driver at the Canadian Grand Prix which he has won on four occasions. It was the scene of his first ever F1 victory back in 2007 when he was a rookie driver. He subsequently won it in 2010, 2012 and most recently in 2015. His record outside of winning has been a bit hit or miss, however, having retired from three of his visits there. He won last time out in Monaco – while championship leader and team-mate Nico Rosberg finished in seventh – and will be looking to take his second win of the season this weekend.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a low downforce track which plays heavily on the power unit and the brakes, especially due to the long straights punctuated by low and high-speed corners. The track surface is abrasive and much tougher on tyres than Monaco meaning the new Ultrasoft tyres will get their first proper test.

Rosberg leads the championship by 24 points over Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo third. Ricciardo was compromised by a pit-stop blunder in Monaco meaning he realistically could have won the race. Kimi Raikkonen lies fourth in the championship for Ferrari just a point ahead of his team-mate.


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