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F1: Canadian GP – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Fact Sheet

by on June 6, 2012

For those of you interested, here are the technical bits that you might want to know for this weekend’s Canadian GP.  I have included the changes to the circuit since last year as well.

Circuit :

  • Circuit Gilles Villeneuve



  • Formula One Canadian Grand Prix
  • NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series

Circuit Lap Length:

  • 4.361km (2.7098 miles)

Lap record:

  • 1:13.622 (Rubens BarrichelloFerrari, 2004)

Most Wins:

  • Michael Schumacher (7)

Total number of race laps:

  • 70

Total race distance:

  • 305.270km (189.686 miles)

Pitlane speed limits:

  • 60km/h during practice
  • 100 km/h during qualifying and race

2012 Tyres:

  • PIRELLI P-Zero Red Banded Super Soft and PIRELLI P-ZERO Yellow Banded Soft


  • Medium to Low downforce circuit
  • Clockwise
  • Over 60% of the lap is FULL THROTTLE
  • 14 turns
  • Brutal on brakes – slowing from close or above 300km/h to 100km/h or less at turns 1,6,8, 10 and 13
  • Cars are expected to top + 300km/h on three different sections of the circuit

Race Stewards:

  • Martin Donnelly: F1 Driver 1989-90

  • Jose Abed: FIA Vice President

  • Gerd Ennser Member of the DMSB’s Executive Committee for Automobile Sport, F1 and DTM Steward

Fun Facts:

  • Pole winner has only one the race 3 times
  • Longest ever race was Candian GP 2011 : 4h:4m:39.537s
  • Second most number of wins by one driver: Nelson Piquet (3)
  • Drivers on the current grid – only Lewis Hamilton (2) and Michael Schumacher (7) have one the race more than once

Changes to the circuit since 2011:

All kerbs and lines painted around and on the track will be painted with a genuine FIAapproved non-slip paint.

The guardrail on the driver’s left before and after turn 10 has been replaced by walls, as in other locations.

New debris fences have been fitted on top of these new walls. A number of guardrail posts have been renewed.

A gate will be provided in the pit wall to allow the teams to remove all their equipment from the grid more quickly and without having to take everything to the pit exit.


Source: FIA – Media Centre



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