Another popular race due to its close walls and challenging chicanes, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is notorious for one trademark in particular, the “Wall of Champions”; the track’s final chicane requires drivers to man-handle their car over the steep kerbs with only millimetres to spare on the exit from a concrete wall - and many have lost the battle. Among those left red faced are Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel. The place holds a special memory for Lewis Hamilton who claimed victory in the 2007 running, the first of his two wins here. That race saw a spectacular accident for Robert Kubica. But the Pole recovered to take his sole Formula 1 victory at the same track a year later. Built on a man-made island, the circuit is named after legendary Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve, the first Canadian to win a grand prix at his home race in 1978. A combination of long straights and slow chicanes puts a lot of strain on the cars' engines and brakes while low grip is also a challenge for the teams. The event played host to an exciting climax in 2011 when Jenson Button used his wet weather skills to move his McLaren from last place to race victory, passing Sebastian Vettel on the last lap.
Circuit length 4.361 km
Race distance 305.270 km
2014 race winner Daniel Riccciardo (Red Bull Racing-Renault)