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This is the infamous Wall of Champions at Turn 15.

Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve is a popular circuit on the Île de Notre-Dame, in the Saint Lawrence river, not far from downtown Montreal. It is a twisting track with many chicanes. It is toughest on brakes because of the long straights and big stops. The circuit first staged a GP in 1978 and has only been absent since in 1987 and 2009. The circuit consists of 15 turns, and the pole speed in 2016 was just under 134 mph.

HistoryEdit

Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve was built around the site of the 1967 International Expo. The fair was notable for Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome. In 1978, the circuit opened for business.

It was originally named Circuit Île de Notre-Dame, but due to the death of Gilles Villeneuve at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, the circuit was named after him.

The circuit is a hard one with little run-off. This has caused some to question the circuit's safety. Italian Driver Riccardo Paletti was killed in 1982 when he crashed into Didlier Pironi's stalled Ferrari. Robert Kubica was injured there in 2007.

The race was discontinued for 2009, due to the global economic crisis, but it was added back to the calendar starting from 2010.

The CircuitEdit

The straight is a short spurt of speed before the left-hander turn 1. Then turn 2 follows immediately, which is a hairpin right. Then another short spurt until the 3-4 chicane, which is where Olivier Panis started his leg-braking crash in 1997, driving a Prost. Then it is the quick turn 4, taken at 140 mph in 6th gear hurtling towards turns 5 and 6. Then it is the longest straight since the start of the lap, under a bridge (also known as Pont de la Concorde) which is right before the 180 mph-to-75 mph chicane that are turns 7 and 8. After this, the circuit sweeps through 9 into the heaviest breaking point on the track, the second hairpin (L'Epingle). Then the drivers quickly upshift through a slight kink taken flat out, and on to the 'Casino Straight', where the speed trap is located. This is the fastest portion of the track. At the end of the Casino Straight is the final chicane, commonly known as the 'Mur de Quebec' because of the sponsorship of the province of Quebec right behind the wall, and also known as the 'Wall of Champions' because several drivers who have won the F1 World Championship have crashed there. This chicane is taken in 2nd gear at 90 mph. Then it is the short straight to the start/finish line, which has 'Salut Gilles' (Hello, Gilles) painted just next to it. A fan spontaneously painted that after the death of Gilles Villeneuve in 1982, and race organizers have kept it until now, repainting it each year.

Wall of ChampionsEdit

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Sebastian Vettel hits the Wall of Champions in 2011

The wall on the outside run-off from the final chicane is known as the Wall of Champions, and is notorious for claiming several top-class drivers, including numerous World Champions over the years. Among those drivers to have crashed out into the Wall of Champions are:

On-board lapEdit

Kimi Raikkonen on board Canada gp01:21

Kimi Raikkonen on board Canada gp


Event historyEdit

The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:

Year Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1978 Canada Gilles Villeneuve Italy Ferrari Report
1979 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
1980 Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Report
1981 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Matra Report
1982 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW Report
1983 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari Report
1984 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW Report
1985 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari Report
1986 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda Report
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1989 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1990 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1991 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Report
1992 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
1993 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Report
1995 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari Report
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
1997 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
2001 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
2003 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
2005 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2006 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
2007 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2008 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber Report
2010 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2011 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2012 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2013 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
2014 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
2015 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2016 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2017 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report

NotesEdit

  1. Circuit named Circuit Île Notre-Dame from 1978 to 1981

External linksEdit


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