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
2013 race winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Race Strategy Briefing
As an island street track, Montreal is only used for racing twice year. The surface has low levels of grip and is always dirty at the start of the weekend. Accurately predicting its improvement in grip is critical to race strategy here. The long back straight and tight hairpin make overtaking easy, which pushes teams towards making more stops; but with walls lining the track, there is a high chance of safety cars (due to accident debris) and safety cars undermine multi-stop strategies. The final chicane has the famous Wall of Champions on the exit, which many drivers have hit and which will be even more of a challenge this year with the rear end of the new Formula 1 cars being less stable on acceleration.
In collaboration with James Allen
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2014. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. Red Bull (23.274s)
02. Williams (23.448s)
03. McLaren (23.479s)
04. Mercedes (23.554s)
05. Sauber (23.703s)
06. Ferrari (23.790s)
07. Lotus (23.856s)
08. Force India (23.902s)
09. Toro Rosso (23.975s)
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
+9 Bianchi, Bottas
+8 Hulkenberg, Ericsson
+4 Bianchi, Sutil
Rosberg, Vettel, Grosjean, Alonso
-3 Magnussen, Kvyat, Hamilton
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane, Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1