Derek Warwick, followed by Patrick Tambay, prepares for a boat ride on the Olympic lake at Montreal on 14 June 1986. This unique form of Formula 1 transport was made necessary by the pits and the paddock on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve being half a mile apart, the F1 teams having to make their weekend headquarters in and around boathouses at the end of the lake. It may have been picturesque, but it was hugely inconvenient. Each day, the teams had to move cars and kit back and forth from the open pits, then located at the opposite end of the track to the permanent structure in use today.
Rather than relax and enjoy the experience, both drivers had plenty to occupy their thoughts while preparing for post-qualifying debriefs. Warwick and Tambay may have been team-mates 12 months before but the time spent with Renault had done little for their careers.
The switch by Renault from entrant to engine supplier for 1986 had left Warwick without a drive. Canada marked his comeback under difficult circumstances, the Englishman receiving the call from Brabham to take the place of Elio de Angelis following the Italian’s fatal accident during a test at Paul Ricard.