Canadian Grand Prix 2020
Canadian Grand Prix 2020 is round the corner going to start from Friday 12 June to Sunday, 14 June 2020 and the teams are heading to the Formula 1 race venue. Canadian Grand Prix is a motor racing event being held annually since 1961. It has become a part of Formula 1 World Championship in 1967. When Canada first hosted a race of the world championship, it has started a rich tradition in the Formula 1 racing championship in 1967. The championship was held at Mosport Park in Ontario, total 8 races and Circuit Mont-Tremblant, total 2 races for the first 10 years since its origin.
Due to some safety concerns, the event was permanently moved on a man-made island named Île Notre-Dame in the St. Lawrence River, flowing in Montreal. The racing circuit was also named the Île Notre-Dame Circuit after the name of the island on which it is located. The circuit was renamed as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, after the death of inaugural race 1978 winner Gilles Villenueve at the circuit in a Ferrari. He was a home-grown here of the Canadian Grand Prix 2020. The circuit is the current home of the racing event.
Since the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s debut in 1978, it has only been missed the F1 calendar twice. Most recently, in 2009, due to some contractual issues, the circuit lost its place to Abu Dhabi. The organizers of Formula 1 have signed an agreement in 2017 with the F1 Group and probably the race will remain on the calendar till 2029.
Other jewels to the crown of Island
The island on which the circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located had also hosted the World Expo in 1967. The Biosphere dome, now seen as an environmental museum is the most distinctive reminder of the World Expo 1967. During the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Île Notre-Dame also witnessed the rowing and canoeing events. Parc Jean is a recreational space made up of Île Notre-Dame and neighboring island St Helen that is the favourite place of the locals throughout the year.
Historical Facts and statistics of Canadian Grand Prix that you probably don’t know
- The first Canadian Grand Prix was hosted by Canada in 1967 at Mosport Park. The winner of the race was Jack Brabham.
- The highest number of wins record is shared by Michael Schumacher who had won seven titles during 1994-2004 and Lewis Hamilton who had equaled the record with his win in the 2019 race.
- The F1 racing event was alternated between two locations that is Ontario-based Mosport Park and Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. The Mont Tremblant was considered too dangerous and as a result, the event was temporarily shifted to Mosport only. Later it the event was moved permanently to its current location at Montreal in 1978.
- The inaugural race was won by a French-speaking Canadian, Gilles Villeneuve at the Circuit de Notre Dame, Montreal. Later due to his death in the qualifying event of the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, Circuit de Notre Dame was renamed in his honour after his name, making it the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve.
- 1982 was a black year in the history of the F1 championship since the Canadian Prix also saw the death of an Italian driver, Riccardo Paletti, in his only second F1 race. He crashed into the stalled Ferrari of another pole-sitter racer Didier Pironi, on the start line. This horrific event took place just after a month of Villeneuve’s passing. The Formula 1 event lost a star racer, Ayrton Senna, at Imola in 1994 due to an accident during the race.
- Jacques Villeneuve, the son of Gilles Villeneuve, Canada’s only Formula 1 World Champion (1997) could never win the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, named after his father.
- The Canadian Grand Prix of 2001 was unique in a way as it was the first time in the history of the F1 racing when two siblings finished 1st and 2nd. Ralf Schumacher won the Canadian Grand Prix 2001 and Michael followed him.
- Back to back wins on a trot are recorded with the names of Michael Schumacher, Alan Jones, and Lewis Hamilton only at this circuit.
- The most podiums finish record holders are the German drivers from any other nation at the present circuit.
- Only one Polish driver Robert Kubica has tasted the victory here in 2008 so far.
- Due to rain, the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix was delayed and become the longest ever Formula 1 event. Jenson Button had won that race by defeating Sebastian Vettel.
Interesting Information about last year’s Canadian Grand Prix
After the quite unexpected 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, the F1 teams went to take part in the Monaco Grand Prix that is almost entirely the most iconic of Formula 1 races. The Spanish Grand Prix 2019 race was full of drama and debris.
Ferrari crossed the line first in Spanish Grand Prix 2019 in Montreal, but could not make to first to arch-rivals, Mercedes. We collect the best facts and stats from the most iconic Canadian Grand Prix 2019.
- Lewis Hamilton has won the seventh Canadian Grand Prix title in 2019 race and equaled the record of Michael Schumacher.
- Sebastian Vettel has created another record when he led his 100th career race last year in Canadian Grand Prix 2019 and with this, he has joined Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton as the only men to achieve the feat.
Canadian Grand Prix 2020 Schedule
Canadian Grand Prix 2020 is scheduled in June this year. If you are keen to know about how to buy tickets, what are the prices, when and where the race will take place, the venue of the F1 event, etc., stay with us for complete information about the forthcoming event. Tickets can be booked through the official website of the event. Here is the schedule of the F1 Canadian Grand Prix 2020.
Key Dates: Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14, 2020
Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s, Montreal
Information Source: F1 Official website