Welcome to Canada
First Grand Prix: Season 3
Number of times held: 3
Circuit Distance: 4.361km (2.709mi)
Race Distance: 152.635km (94.847mi)
Race laps: 35
Lap Record: 01:13.324 set by OfficerJuan in S6
Pole Record: 01:11.786 set by Cliffy in S6
Most Wins by driver:
Most poles by driver:
Canada, a track which has seen many dramas during it’s time in PSF1, with big names having found the walls in the past, this is surely one of the more unpredictable races on this seasons calendar.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve doesn’t boast the most exciting races that you’ll see, however, it is a test of the finer margins of a drivers skill. Often described as a mixture between Monaco and Baku, due to the speed and close nature of the walls that are ever lurking beyond the white lines, it is a difficult track to overtake.
However, like the Baku city circuit, it boasts a long straight where DRS will be active with the last corner chicane standing tall at the end of it with the new sausage kerbs always at the back of the drivers minds.
The start of the race is always a easy place to pick off a car here and there but the short run into turn 1 means that a good versus bad start can’t be countered with straight line speed. Turn 1 can also open up overtaking opportunities going into turns 2 and 3, if drivers opt to choose the long way round at turn 1 which places you on the outside at 2, but on the inside for turn 3.
Overtaking spots through the corners isn’t easy with the narrow nature of the circuit so it may be a case of sitting behind the driver in front for a lap or two to find those overtaking chances. Turns 1, 2, 6, 10 and even 13 and 14 for the brave, are realistic overtaking spots, but with many of the corners designed so that the cars can carry speed it could end up being a very set in stone race.
Strategy around this circuit is a debated one. With some drivers choosing the 2 stop, which enables them to run a fresh set of Ultra soft tyres at the end of the race, means that we could see most of the action towards the last few laps. But with a huge rain storm on its way we may only see the 1 stop being made. Qualifying is intermediate weather for all divisions, the races for now look dry, but with the rain closing in, things could change rapidly.
Check out the video below for a lap around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with championship leader Lego.