Sidepodcast - All for F1 and F1 for all

F1 encyclopedia

Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2017

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit Gilles Villeneuve
TimezoneGMT -04:00
Race debut1978
Length4.361 km
Distance305.270 km
Line offset0.000 km

Event overview

The Canadian Grand Prix was the sole representative of Formula One in North America, when Indianapolis lost the US race, and the Circuit of the Americas was yet to arrive. When the Montreal circuit was left off the calendar in 2009, it only served to show just how popular the race was, and how much it was missed.

The track produces good racing in a picturesque setting, with some unique challenges. A particular highlight is the Wall of Champions, a tricky chicane right at the end of a lap, and so-called because of the many future and current F1 champions that have seen their race end in disgrace due to that particular stretch of barrier. The track is long and challenging, and keeping focus until the very end is key to avoid the embarrassment of crashing out just moments from the finish line.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve turns things around after the twisting track of Monaco. With long straights ending in tight corners, top speed is a key element of getting a good lap. Canada is supremely heavy on braking, and the black dust that can pour from those components is a regular sight during the race. The tarmac can also provide additional difficulties, as it gets very bumpy at certain points. Although resurfaced on a regular basis, the tarmac can actually break up and cause sessions to be halted while emergency repairs are completed.

There’s also a relatively short pit lane in Montreal, which makes strategy more important than ever. The safety car often makes an appearance, and making sure pit stops occur at exactly the right moment is what keeps the heads on the pit wall busy.

The lap starts with a short run to the first corner, where the brakes get their initial test. The second corner twists back 180 degrees, and the following chicane keeps speeds slow. Drivers hit the kerbs as much as possible, but aim to keep control and not damage the car at the same time.

The second sector gets things moving, with a handful of corners peppering the straights. The deceptively hard hairpin is surrounded by grandstands so any small error is seen by hundreds of people. It’s also a prime overtaking spot, and can see drivers down to first or second gear. Finally, hustling back towards the start/finish line, drivers navigate the Wall of Champions, hopefully without incident, and then cross the line to finish the lap.

Learn more about Canada with the Pocket F1 Handbook.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
09 JunFridayFree Practice 115:00
GMT +01:00
GMT -04:00
Free Practice 219:00
GMT +01:00
GMT -04:00
10 JunSaturdayFree Practice 315:00
GMT +01:00
GMT -04:00
GMT +01:00
GMT -04:00
11 JunSundayGrand Prix19:00
GMT +01:00
GMT -04:00
Weekend results in detail
Free Practice 1 results
Free Practice 2 results
Free Practice 3 results
Qualifying results
Starting grid
Race results
Fastest laps
Driver standings
Constructor standings

All content in the series Canada 2017