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Race information - Canada 2016 // Montreal plays host to the next stop on the F1 calendar

Published by Christine

There's a lot to prove heading into this weekend's race in Montreal. We've been waiting to see what the real pecking order is, and after the anomaly that was Monaco, Canada may be able to offer some more concrete evidence. We're entering an intense period of F1 racing, with six races across the next eight weeks, so there's a lot of work to be done and plenty of scores to settle.

Event schedule

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping the momentum has turned in his favour after his race win in Monaco, but the situation at Mercedes has proved fascinating so far this year and hopefully will continue to do so. Daniel Ricciardo says he's moved on from the disappointment of a botched pit stop in the principality robbing him of the win, but I hope he can stay fired up to provide some competition in Canada.

The race favours tough engines, which ordinarily would mean Mercedes have the advantage, but they haven't seen quite so much reliability as normal, and could mean that another team has a chance to claw back some of the gap. Renault are hoping recent engine upgrades will improve their performance, whilst Honda will no doubt continue to struggle.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
10 JunFridayFree Practice 115:00
GMT +01:00
10:00
GMT -04:00
Free Practice 219:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT -04:00
11 JunSaturdayFree Practice 315:00
GMT +01:00
10:00
GMT -04:00
Qualifying18:00
GMT +01:00
13:00
GMT -04:00
12 JunSundayGrand Prix19:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT -04:00

Support racing for this event includes Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Ferrari Challenge, and Formula 1600.

Expected conditions

It's cold in Montreal at the moment, and it looks set to stay that way across the next few days, which may give the tyre engineers something to ponder. There's no significant rain forecast until Monday, but Canada can have changeable weather conditions and that precipitation could move ahead of schedule.

Partly cloudy

Montreal, Friday

19℃

  • Low 12℃
  • Humidity 52%

Partly cloudy

A mix of sun and clouds

Montreal, Saturday

22℃

  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 48%

A mix of sun and clouds

Cloudy with sunny breaks

Montreal, Sunday

14℃

  • Low 9℃
  • Humidity 52%

Cloudy with sunny breaks

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit Gilles Villeneuve
LocationMontreal
CountryCanada
TimezoneGMT -05:00
Race debut1978
Laps70
Length4.361 km
Distance305.270 km
Line offset0.000 km

The track has been tweaked slightly ahead of this year's racing action, with some resurfacing work on turns one and nine, and some catch fencing renewal at the same corners as well.

This weekend sees the 37th running of the Canadian Grand Prix on this track, and it's proved to be a good track for drivers taking their debut victories. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo both achieved their maiden wins in Canada, so have special memories of the place.

The racing can be chaotic at times, and pole position isn't always crucial. In recent years, pole position has been converted to race victory half the time, with the percentage dropping the further back into the record books you go.

Results for the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:16.212
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:15.988
Free Practice 3Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:15.660
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:14.393
Grand PrixLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:31:53.145
Fastest lapKimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:16.987

Tyre compounds

For the second consecutive weekend, we have the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft compounds in actions but crucially in Canada, some drivers have opted to bring none of the red supersoft tyres. The two Renault drivers as well as the two Haas drivers have zero red compounds in their collection, instead focusing on the ultrasofts. Grosjean and Gutiérrez have gone for ten purple sets each!

Meanwhile, team by team, drivers are opting for the same combination as their teammate, except for at Williams. Massa has an even number of softs and supersofts, whilst Bottas has swapped one yellow for a red, and gone a step softer than his Brazilian colleague.

Selected tyre sets per driver
Soft tyreSupersoft tyreUltrasoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton328
Nico Rosberg328
Sebastian Vettel337
Kimi Räikkönen337
Valtteri Bottas247
Felipe Massa337
Daniel Ricciardo427
Max Verstappen427
Nico Hülkenberg436
Sergio Pérez436
Kevin Magnussen508
Jolyon Palmer508
Daniil Kvyat247
Carlos Sainz247
Marcus Ericsson256
Felipe Nasr256
Fernando Alonso346
Jenson Button346
Pascal Wehrlein346
Rio Haryanto346
Romain Grosjean3010
Esteban Gutiérrez3010

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
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayJenson ButtonMcLaren Honda
Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team
Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari
Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing
FridayMaurizio ArrivabeneScuderia Ferrari
Robert FernleySahara Force India F1 Team
Christian HornerRed Bull Racing
Dave RyanManor Racing MRT
Guenther SteinerHaas F1 Team
Franz TostScuderia Toro Rosso
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Gerd EnnserMember of the DSMB's Executive Committee for Automobile Sport, and a Formula One and DTM steward.
Steve StringwellPermanent Chairman Steward for Porsche Supercup, World Series by Renault 3.5 Series, British Touring Car Championship.
Derek WarwickFormer Formula One driver and World Sportscar champion.

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