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Flag of Canada.svg Canadian Grand Prix
(Grand Prix du Canada)
Mosport Park 1961–1977
Mont-Tremblant 1968–1970
Circuit Île Notre-Dame 1978–1981
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1982–2008)
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.png
Race information
Laps 70
Circuit length 4.361 km (2.709 mi)
Race length 305.270 km (189.694 mi)
Number of times held 46
First held 1961
Last held 2008
Most wins (drivers) Germany Michael Schumacher (7)
Most wins (constructors) Italy Ferrari (13)
Last race (2008):
Pole position United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
1:17.886
Podium 1. Poland Robert Kubica
BMW Sauber
1h 36m 24.447s
(189.987 km/h)
2. Germany Nick Heidfeld
BMW Sauber
+16.495s
3. United Kingdom David Coulthard
Red Bull-Renault
+23.352s
Fastest lap Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Ferrari
1:17.387

The Canadian Grand Prix (known in French as the Grand Prix du Canada), abbreviated as gpc, is an annual auto race held in Canada starting in 1961.[1] It has been part of the Formula One World Championship since 1967. It was first staged at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario as a sports car event before it alternated between Mosport and Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Quebec after Formula One took over the event. After 1971 safety concerns led to the Grand Prix moving permanently to Mosport. In 1978 the Canadian Grand Prix moved to its current home on Île Notre-Dame in Montreal.

In 2005, the Canadian Grand Prix was the most watched Formula One GP in the world. The race was also the third most watched sporting event on the planet, behind the first place Super Bowl XXXIX and the UEFA Champions League Final.[2]

The Canadian Grand Prix was not included in the 2009 Formula 1 calendar.[3] On 27 November 2009 the Canadian authorities said that with help of the state the race will return in 2010.[4] The 2010 edition is set to take place on June 13th.

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History

The early Canadian Grand Prix was one of the premier events of the new Canadian Sports Car Championship, a series which had been created alongside the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport in 1961. Several international sports car as well as Formula One drivers participated in the event. For the first five years, the event would be won by drivers with either prior Formula One experience, or would enter the championship after winning the Canadian Grand Prix. In 1966 the Canadian-American Challenge Cup ran the event, with American Mark Donohue winning.[1] Formula One took over the following year, although the CSCC and Can-Am series continued to compete at Mosport in their own events.

The first winner in Montreal was Quebec native Gilles Villeneuve who died in 1982 on the final qualifying lap for the Belgian Grand Prix. A few weeks after his death, the race course in Montreal was named Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after him. Gilles Villeneuve was one of the first inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, and the only Canadian winner at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The 1982 Canadian Grand Prix, in the shadow of the death of Villeneuve a month earlier, saw another accident when Villeneuve's teammate Didier Pironi stalled on the grid. Raul Boesel struck the stationary vehicle, and Riccardo Paletti then struck the rear of Pironi's Ferrari. Pironi and F1 doctor Sid Watkins came to Paletti's aid to try to extract him from his car, which briefly caught fire. After a half hour, Paletti was extracted and flown to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

In 1987, the race was not held due to sponsorship dispute between two local breweries, Labatt and Molson. During the break the track was modified, and starting line moved to its current position.

Ferrari's Jean Alesi won the 1995 edition, which occurred on his 31st birthday and which would be the only win of his career. Alesi had inherited the lead when Michael Schumacher pitted with electrical problems and Damon Hill's hydraulics failed. the victory was a popular one for Alesi, particularly after several unrewarded drives the year before, namely in Italy. Alesi's win at Montreal was voted the most popular race victory of the season by many, as it was the number 27 Ferrari—once belonging to the famous Gilles Villeneuve at his much loved home Grand Prix. Schumacher gave Alesi a lift back to the pits after Alesi's car ran out of fuel just before the Pits Hairpin.

The 1997 Canadian Grand Prix was stopped early due to a crash involving Olivier Panis. He was sidelined for nine races and some see it as a turning point in the career of the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix winner.

In 1999, the final corner of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve became well-known for crashes involving former World Champions. Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all crashed into the same wall which had the slogan Bienvenue au Québec (Welcome to Quebec in English) on it. The wall became ironically known as the "Wall of Champions". The wall also was involved in a crash with Ricardo Zonta, who was, at the time, the reigning FIA GT sports car champion. In recent years, GP2 Champion Nico Rosberg and CART Champion Juan Pablo Montoya have also fallen victim to the wall.

In 2001, there was the first sibling 1–2 finish in the history of Formula 1, as Ralf and Michael Schumacher topped the podium. The Schumacher brothers would finish 1–2 in the 2003 edition as well. 2001 was also noted for Jean Alesi achieving Prost's best finish of the season; he celebrated his fifth place by doing several donuts in his vehicle, and throwing his helmet into the crowd.

Kubica's violent crash at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix

The 2007 race was the site of rookie Lewis Hamilton's first win. On lap 67, Takuma Sato overtook the McLaren-Mercedes's Fernando Alonso, to cheers around the circuit, just after overtaking Ralf Schumacher and having overtaken Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen earlier in the race.[5] The race saw Sato move from the middle of the grid to the back of the pack and to a high of fifth before a pit-stop error caused him to move back to eleventh. Sato fought up 5 places in the field in the last 15 laps to finish sixth. Sato was voted "Driver of the Day" on the ITV website over Lewis Hamilton's first win. The race also saw a horrific incident involving Robert Kubica (who went on to win the race the following season).

In the weeks leading up the Grand Prix, city officials trap as many groundhogs as they can in and around the race course, and transport the animals to nearby Ile Ste-Helene.[6] Nonetheless, in 2007, a groundhog disrupted the practice session of Ralf Schumacher. On race day itself, Anthony Davidson had been running in third until he struck a groundhog, initially thought to be a beaver, which forced him to pit and repair the damage to his front wing. In 2008, a groundhog crossed the track at the hairpin in the 2nd practice session but luckily did not disrupt the session.

Recent developments

On October 7, 2008, the Canadian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2009 Formula One calendar, which left the Montreal race off the list for the first time since 1987.[7] In the provisional 2009 schedule released in June 2008, the Canadian Grand Prix was to have been held on June 7, a date taken by the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix in the revised schedule.[8]

Since the US Grand Prix was dropped after 2007, this means that in 2009 no Formula One race was held in North America for the first time since 1958. [9] (The American Indianapolis 500 formed part of the FIA World Drivers' Championship from 1950 to 1960, but was not run to Formula One regulations and only very rarely entered by regular championship competitors.)

During the Australian Grand Prix, reports surfaced that the Canadian Grand Prix could return during the 2009 season in the event that the race circuit in Abu Dhabi is not ready in time.[10] On April 26, 2009, Speed reported Bernie Ecclestone as saying the FIA was negotiating a return of the Canadian Grand Prix for the 2010 season, provided upgrades to the circuit are completed.

On August 29, 2009, the BBC reported the provisional schedule for the 2010 season, which had both the Canadian and British Grand Prix marked down as "provisional". The Canadian GP was scheduled for June 6. [11]

On November 27, 2009, Quebec's officials and Canadian Grand Prix organisers announced they have reached a settlement with Formula One Administration and signed a new five-year contract spanning the 2010-2014 seasons.[12] Under the five-year agreement, the governments will pay 15 million Canadian dollars a year to host the race.[13]

Sponsors

  • Pepsi Cola Canadian Grand Prix 1961–1966
  • Player's Canadian Grand Prix 1967–1971
  • Labatt's Canadian Grand Prix 1972–1977
  • Grand Prix Labatt du Canada 1980–1986
  • Grand Prix Molson du Canada 1988–1996
  • Grand Prix Player's du Canada 1997–1998
  • Grand Prix Air Canada 1999–2003
  • Grand Prix du Canada 2004
  • Grand Prix RBS du Canada 2005–2008

Because of tobacco legislation which prohibited further such sponsorship, new venues, and a maximum of 17 races on the schedule, the Canadian Grand Prix was initially removed from the 2004 F1 schedule. However, Canadian officials were able to raise enough money to keep a Grand Prix race, with the FIA allowing expansion to an 18 race schedule. [14][15]

Winners of the Canadian Grand Prix

Repeat winners

Only includes World Championship events

Number of wins Driver Years
7 Germany Michael Schumacher 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 1982, 1984, 1991
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx 1969, 1970
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1971, 1972
Australia Alan Jones 1979, 1980
Brazil Ayrton Senna 1988, 1990

Year by year

Fans fill up the area every year.

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2008 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2007 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2006 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2005 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2003 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2001 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1997 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1995 France Jean Alesi Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1993 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1992 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1991 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1990 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1989 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1987 Not held
1986 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1985 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1984 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1983 France René Arnoux Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1982 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Report
1981 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra Circuit Île Notre-Dame Report
1980 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Circuit Île Notre-Dame Report
1979 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Circuit Île Notre-Dame Report
1978 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Circuit Île Notre-Dame Report
1977 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Mosport Park Report
1976 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Mosport Park Report
1975 Not held
1974 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Mosport Park Report
1973 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford Mosport Park Report
1972 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Mosport Park Report
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Mosport Park Report
1970 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari Mont-Tremblant Report
1969 Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford Mosport Park Report
1968 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Mont-Tremblant Report
1967 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Mosport Park Report
1966 United States Mark Donohue Lola-Chevrolet Mosport Park Report
1965 United States Jim Hall Chaparral-Chevrolet Mosport Park Report
1964 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ferrari Mosport Park Report
1963 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ferrari Mosport Park Report
1962 United States Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax Mosport Park Report
1961 Canada Peter Ryan Lotus-Climax Mosport Park Report

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Canadian Grand Prix". Motor Racing Circuits Database. http://theracingline.net/racingcircuits/racingcircuits/Canada/_gp.html. Retrieved 2008-01-14.  
  2. ^ Most watched TV sporting events of 2005 – A special report from Initiative
  3. ^ "FIA issue revised 2009 calendar". http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2008/10/8483.html. Retrieved 2008-10-07.  
  4. ^ Canadian GP back on F1 schedule - BBC Sport, 28 November 2009
  5. ^ BBC Sports, "Hamilton wins Canadian GP", Sunday, 10 June 2007
  6. ^ Vancouver Sun, "'Beaver' gets all the blame", June 12, 2007
  7. ^ "Canada missing from Formula 1 calendar in 2009". grandprix.com. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns20840.html. Retrieved 2008-10-08.  
  8. ^ Daily Mail, Canadian Grand Prix axed as Abu Dhabi gears up to take its place, Sportsmail Reporter, 3:03 PM on 07th October 2008 (accessed 10-October-2008)
  9. ^ PitPass.com Canada GP organizers surprised by FIA decision 08/10/2008
  10. ^ Canadian Press, "Montreal's mayor responds to reports about F1 race returning", 29 March 2009
  11. ^ (French) RDS, La F1 à Montréal le 6 juin (accessed 30 August 2009)
  12. ^ Canada returns to F1 championship - f1-live.com, 27 November 2009
  13. ^ Montreal Grand Prix Is Back On for 2010 - The New York Times, 27 November 2009
  14. ^ CBC, "Canadian Grand Prix off 2004 schedule", Thursday, August 7, 2003
  15. ^ The Guardian, "Last-ditch push to save Canadian grand prix", Friday 22 August 2003

External links

Coordinates: 45°30′14″N 73°31′37″W / 45.504°N 73.527°W / 45.504; -73.527


Simple English

Canadian Grand Prix
Grand Prix du Canada
Mosport Park 1961-1977
Mont-Tremblant 1968-1970
Circuit Île Notre-Dame 1978-1981
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1982-)
File:Circuit
Race information
Laps 70
Circuit length 4.361 km (2.709 mi)
Race length 305.270 km (189.694 mi)
Number of times held 47
First held 1961, First F1-1967
Most wins (drivers) Michael Schumacher (7)
Most wins (constructors) Ferrari (13)
Last race (2010):
Pole position Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
1:15.105
Podium 1. Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
1h 33m 53.456s
2. Jenson Button
McLaren-Mercedes
+2.254s
3. Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
+9.214s
Fastest lap Robert Kubica
Renault
1:16.972

The Canadian Grand Prix (known in French as the Grand Prix du Canada) is an auto race held in Canada since 1961. It has been part of the Formula One World Championship since 1967. It was first staged at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario as a sports car event before it alternated between Mosport and Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Quebec after Formula One took over the event. After 1971 safety concerns led to the Grand Prix moving permanently to Mosport. In 1978 the Canadian Grand Prix moved to its current home on Circuit Île Notre-Dame in Montreal. In 1982, the track was renamed to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. This was to honour Canadian Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve, following his death in 1982.

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Formula One years

Winners

Repeat Winners (drivers)

Number of wins Driver Years
7 Michael Schumacher 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
3 Nelson Piquet 1982, 1984, 1991
2 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx 1969, 1970
Jackie Stewart 1971, 1972
Alan Jones 1979, 1980
Ayrton Senna 1988, 1990
Lewis Hamilton 2007, 2010

Active drivers are in bold

Repeat winners (constructors)

Number of wins Constructor Years
11 Ferrari 1970, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
McLaren 1968, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2010
7 Williams 1979, 1980, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2001
4 Brabham 1967, 1969, 1982, 1984
2 Tyrrell 1971, 1972
Benetton 1991, 1994

Active Formula One constructors are in bold.

Year by year

File:Cgp podium
G. Fisichella, M. Schumacher and E. Irvine on the podium of the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix.
Year Driver Constructor Location
2010 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2009 Not held
2008 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2007 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2005 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2003 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2001 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
2000 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1999 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1997 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1995 Jean Alesi Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1993 Alain Prost Williams-Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1992 Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1991 Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1989 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1987 Not held
1986 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1985 Michele Alboreto Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1984 Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1983 René Arnoux Ferrari Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1982 Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1981 Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra Circuit Île Notre-Dame
1980 Alan Jones Williams-Ford Circuit Île Notre-Dame
1979 Alan Jones Williams-Ford Circuit Île Notre-Dame
1978 Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari Circuit Île Notre-Dame
1977 Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Mosport Park
1976 James Hunt McLaren-Ford Mosport Park
1975 Not held
1974 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Mosport Park
1973 Peter Revson McLaren-Ford Mosport Park
1972 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Mosport Park
1971 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Mosport Park
1970 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx Ferrari Mont-Tremblant
1969 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford Mosport Park
1968 Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Mont-Tremblant
1967 Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Mosport Park

Pre Formula One

Winners

Repeat Winners (drivers)

Number of wins Driver Years
2 Pedro Rodríguez 1963, 1964

Repeat winners (constructors)

Only includes Formula One World Championship events

Number of wins Constructor Years
2 Ferrari 1963, 1964
Lotus-Climax 1961, 1962

Active teams are in bold.

Year by year

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location
1966 Mark Donohue Lola-Chevrolet Mosport Park
1965 Jim Hall Chaparral-Chevrolet Mosport Park
1964 Pedro Rodríguez Ferrari Mosport Park
1963 Pedro Rodríguez Ferrari Mosport Park
1962 Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax Mosport Park
1961 Peter Ryan Lotus-Climax Mosport Park

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Coordinates: 45°30′14″N 73°31′37″W / 45.504°N 73.527°W / 45.504; -73.527








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