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When: Sunday 8th June, 7:00pm BST
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Site: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – Montreal, Canada
Track: 4.361km, 14 turns
Race Length: 305.270km
Lap Record: 1.13.662 (Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 2004)
Defending Champion: Sebastian Vettel
After the two opening European races in Barcelona and Monaco, the Formula One circus moves off the continent to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix for the seventh round of the 2014 world championship.
Held at the famous Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Canadian Grand Prix is a favourite on the F1 calendar and attracts one of the largest and most passionate crowds – despite the fact no local drivers have competed in the event for eight years.
Canada never fails to produce an exciting Grand Prix, as the high speeds and heavy braking zones allow for plenty of overtaking attempts, whilst the intimidating concrete barriers that sit close to the edge of the tarmac have caught out some of the very best drivers throughout the years.
The track is characterised by long straights which are followed by chicanes or hairpins, meaning it’s a track which punishes driver error.
The weather rarely fails to play a big part of the race weekend. Montreal’s weather extremities regularly feature over different parts of the race weekend, meaning car setup and race strategy can be turned on its head without any warning.
Whilst the track provides a huge challenge for engineers in terms of setup, the battle against high brake temperatures will be a deciding factor in who will be standing on top of the podium come Sunday night.
As the track is a temporary racing facility, the track surface evolves very quickly throughout the weekend as the track becomes less dirty and more rubber is laid down.
Pirelli have made the yellow soft tyres and red super-soft rubber available for use, with the company’s motorsport director Paul Hembery expecting the tyres to be worked hard on race day.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton comes into the Canadian Grand Prix as the form driver having won four out of the last five races, however his team-mate Nico Rosberg currently leads the championship.
It’s a tasty battle developing at Mercedes, which will add another dimension to what is always an exciting race on the F1 calendar.