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Canada 2013 - Race information - Everything you need to know about the Canadian Grand Prix

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Following on from an incident-packed Monaco weekend, we are likely to see more of the same in Montreal, as the Canadian Grand Prix often finds drivers pushing the limits until they crash through them. The appearance of a Safety Car around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is not an unusual one, but hopefully we'll get some excellent racing as well.

Event schedule

Mercedes had a good outing in Monaco, finally managing to turn their pace in qualifying into a race victory, after finding some tyre management skills around the principality. There's a rumbling issue with a tyre test hanging over their heads, but all they can do at the moment is keep trying to focus on each race as it comes. Meanwhile, Red Bull want to keep their lead on both champions, as Fernando Alonso fights to stay in contention.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
07 JunFridayFree Practice 115:00
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GMT -04:00
Free Practice 219:00
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GMT -04:00
08 JunSaturdayFree Practice 315:00
GMT +01:00
GMT -04:00
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GMT -04:00
09 JunSundayGrand Prix19:00
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GMT -04:00

Support racing for this event includes Ferrari Challenge, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Porsche IMSA GT3 and Formula 1600.

The weather

The weather in Canada can be as changeable as Europe, and it looks like there will be showers in the area for the full race weekend. The forecasts show it gradually getting warmer and drier as Sunday draws near, but this is all open to change at the drop of a hat.


Montreal, Friday


  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 77%

Chance of rain


Montreal, Saturday


  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 86%

Cloudy skies


Montreal, Sunday


  • Low 15℃
  • Humidity 76%

Partly cloudy

Circuit map

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DRS Zones
DRS detection110m after turn 9
DRS activation55m before turn 12
DRS activation70m after turn 14

Last year, we had just one DRS zone around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and this year it's been expanded to two - or perhaps one and a half. We have the one detection zone that comes before the hairpin and then two detection zones - one down the straight following the hairpin, and another coming directly after the Wall of Champions.

On paper, this looks like the idea setup for DRS - the first zone may not make too much difference but should close the gap for cars coming off the hairpin. The second will then allow for the overtaking opportunity down the home straight, and we won't get the occasional Double DRS issue of a car being overtaken straight back again. That's the theory, anyways.

The circuit

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

One of the most important characteristics of the circuit is the Wall of Champions, turn 13. A sharp right/left kink in the long straight to the finish line has seen more drivers than can be mentioned head straight into the wall.

It’s a particularly challenging section of the track, coming at the end of a long and difficult lap, and it takes concentration each and every time to stay out of the wall and keep heading straight towards the start/finish line. It only takes a moment to bash the side of the car hard into the wall, throwing away opportunities for points and podiums.

Unlike the races leading up to this event, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve provides a new challenge for the teams. There are plenty of long straights which require high speed but each comfortable straight ends in a tight corner, which makes it extremely heavy on the brakes. These type of corners can be difficult to set a car up for, but they also provide some excellent overtaking opportunities for the fans to enjoy.

2012 Results
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:15.564Full results
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:15.259Full results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:14.442Full results
QualifyingSebastian VettelRed Bull1:13.784Full results
Grand PrixLewis HamiltonMcLaren1:32:29.586Full results
Fastest LapSebastian VettelRed Bull1:15.752

Tyre compounds

Canadian Grand Prix tyre selection
Medium and supersoft compounds

The tyres are still garnering a lot of attention, for racing and testing and everything in between. In Canada, there are some special compounds to be used in practice, but it is the existing medium (white) and supersoft (red) tyres that will feature when the action begins proper. Motorsport director, Paul Hembery, believes there will be a mixture of options as to how to get the best race.

Because of the high degree of tyre wear and degradation, we would expect to see a number of different strategies at work, as was the case last year – with teams deciding whether to go for a ‘sprint’ strategy or to do fewer stops and put the accent on endurance.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
Thursday11:00Pastor MaldonadoWilliams
Felipe MassaFerrari
Charles PicCaterham
Nico RosbergMercedes
Giedo van der GardeCaterham
Jean-Éric VergneToro Rosso
Friday16:00Ross BrawnMercedes
Stefano DomenicaliFerrari
Paul HemberyPirelli
Christian HornerRed Bull
Monisha KaltenbornSauber
Martin WhitmarshMcLaren
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed recently to include a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

FIA stewards
Garry ConnellyDeputy President of the FIA Institute, Director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety, F1 and WTCC Steward, and FIA World Motorsport Council Member.
Martin DonnellyFormula One driver 1989-1990, demonstrates in the Lotus 102 at various events, owner of Donnelly Track Academy.
Radovan NovakSecretary General of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic, and World Motor Sport Council member.

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