Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, home of the Formula One Canadian Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
The 2015 Formula One World Championship continues with round seven, the Canadian Grand Prix, which once again is being held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Located on Montreal’s man-made island Ile Notre Dame in the St Lawrence river, the popular circuit, named after Canadian F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, father of Jacques Villeneuve, is a true high speed challenge with the cars averaging 130 mph over the course of a lap, which runs for 2.71 miles.
The semi-permanent circuit combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their car to maximize straight line speed. When it comes to the twisty stuff, 11 of the 14 corners are taken at below 100 mph, which makes it particularly hard on the brakes and tires when the cars are coming from the high-speed straights. Pirelli has nominated its soft and supersoft tires for the race, the same combination used in the previous Monaco Grand Prix.
Uncertain weather is often a factor in Montreal, which adds an element of unpredictability to the race. Right now the weather forecast is looking good for the weekend, though we might see some wet stuff during Friday’s practice session.
Last year’s winner was Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo. Though the Red Bull team hasn’t proven much of a threat to the dominance of Mercedes AMG this season, we might see a serious challenge from Ferrari this weekend. The Scuderia is thought to have made use of an engine upgrade allowance to help extract more power for the race.
Going into the weekend, Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton leads the 2015 Drivers’ Championship with 126 points. His teammate Nico Rosberg is second with 116 points, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third with 98 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 242 points followed by Ferrari with 158 points and Williams with 81 points.