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Montreal

With Québec’s Gilles Villeneuve becoming a major star and increasing safety concerns over Mosport Park, a new circuit on Montréal’s man-made Île de Notre Dame was prepared in record time for the 1978 Canadian Grand Prix.

With Québec’s Gilles Villeneuve becoming a major star and increasing safety concerns over Mosport Park, a new circuit on Montréal’s man-made Île de Notre Dame was prepared in record time for the 1978 Canadian Grand Prix. Villeneuve provided the perfect start by winning his first Grand Prix in that inaugural race and the circuit was later renamed in his honour after he was killed at Zolder in 1982. Sadly, that year’s Canadian GP was also marred by tragedy, when newcomer Riccardo Paletti was killed in a horrific startline accident. Jean Alesi scored his only win here in 1995 when driving the number 27 Ferrari made famous by Villeneuve. In recent years the exit to the final corner has seen Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel all crash into the so-called “Wall of Champions.” As well as Formula 1, the circuit has also hosted the World Sportscar Championship, Champ Cars and NASCAR’s second tier series.

Circuit

Type

Temporary road course

Length

2.709 (Miles)

Change

Increased run-off areas created at first corner and final hairpin by re-profiling corners

Fastest Race Lap

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+), 1m13.078, 133.452 mph, F1, 2019

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari SF90), 1m10.240, 138.844 mph, F1, 2019

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