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Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

The Canadian Grand Prix returns to the Formula One season in 2010 after a 1 year break, returning to the regular venue at Circuit Gilles Villenue in Montreal, Quebec.

The location of the circuit close to downtown Montreal, the enthusiastic Canadian Fans and party like atmosphere within the city make it one of the drivers and teams favorite events on the F1 roster.

The Circuit is one of the fastest circuits of the season matching Monza for all out speed but its combination of long straights leading into tight corners and hairpin bends have earned it a reputation of being notoriously hard on the brakes. Brake wear and Brake Cooling are likely to be even more of a problem this season with the change in the F1 rules banning refueling making the cars will be over 300 Kilos heavier at the beginning of the race.

This extra weight also means that tire management and tire strategy will most likely play a large part in the eventual outcome of the race.


Length of lap: 2.71 Miles (4.361km)
Lap record: 1:13.622 (Rubens Barrichello, 2004, Ferrari)
Number of Turns: 14 (8 RH, 6 LH)
Number of race laps: 70
Total race distance: 189.69 Miles (305.27km)
Pitlane speed limits: 60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during qualifying and race

Montreal Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Layout

Circuit Gilles Villineuve is located on Île Notre-Dame an artificial island located in the Saint Lawrence River just east of Downtown Montreal.

Being a temporary road circuit it is also known for its bumpy surface and low grip, combined with its unique combination of long high speed straights followed by difficult slow chicanes and hairpin bends makes for a particularly challenging circuit from both a driving and engineering point of view.

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