Canadian GP tournament takes place at the Gilles Villenouve race in Montreal on June 7 – June 9.
In the past, Formula 1 Canadian GP was also organized on two other tracks: Mosport Park (1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977) and Mont-Tremblant (1968 and 1970). As of 2006, the Canadian award was 38 times held (except for 2 years 1975 and 1987).
The first Canadian Grand Prix was held in 1978 and the track was named Notre-Dame. Luckily, a Canadian racer: Gilles Villeneuve won the first Canadian Grand Prix. However he died suddenly after a tragic accident at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. After the death of the legendary racer, in memory of him, the Canadian racetrack GP was renamed Gilles Villeneuve as it is today.
The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit runs clockwise, with a total length of 4,361km including 6 left and 8 crabs on a total of 14 corners. The riders will perform 70 runs to complete the race with a total journey of 305.27km. Gilles Villeneuve has an average speed of 200 km / h and reaches a maximum speed of 344.1 km / hour (the record set by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari in 2017)
Mercedes believes that in order to keep the unbeaten string in the F1 2019 season, the Canadian race is the biggest difficulty.
The world champion is pursuing a seventh straight victory from the start of the season – a feat that has not been achieved by any F1 team since 1988. But Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal has witnessed one of those. Mercedes’ s most sad defeat last year, when Ferrari took the pole and won.
Besides, the Montreal racetrack will be quite suitable for the proven Ferrari Scuderia which is the fastest in a straight line, outside corners.
“Canada is the seventh race of the season and we are starting to see more clearly the strengths and weaknesses of our car,” said Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff.
“In the past six races, we were strong at corners but lost points on straight lines. This will make Canada a big challenge for us as the track has many long lines and few corners. And this is the opponent’s strong point.
Lewis Hamilton has won 6 times in Canada but only ranked 5th last year, this is also the only race he ended outside the top 4 since October 2017.
Canada is not the first challenge this year for Mercedes. The period of their rival’s rival – Ferrari has not really shown them enough to compete for a leading position, most notably in Bahrain and Baku, their hopes were eventually derailed by the combination. Between the mistake of the engineering team and the driver despite the strong improvements Ferrari has invested in their war horses.
“We are here ready to do our best and to avoid the mistakes of a few recent races,” said Mattia Binotto of Ferrari before flying to Montreal.