Quickly following on the heels of the glitz and glamour of Monaco comes another iconic race on the calendar, the Canadian Grand Prix. Built on an island and named after a Scuderia Ferrari legend, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a mix of long straights punctuated by heavy braking zones. The race is usually full of drama, especially given the mixed weather conditions that often prevail in Montreal.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

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Turn 1

Despite a relatively short run to the first corner, turn one is a good overtaking opportunity. However, drivers have to ensure they get the job done cleanly through the left-hander otherwise there’s a risk of being re-overtaken into the right-hander turn two.

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Turns 3 & 4

This tricky right-left combination is usually a source of incident, particularly on the opening lap of the race. Even when tackling it without other cars, it is easy to drift wide and in to the unforgiving wall that lurks on exit.

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Turn 10

The tight hairpin at turn 10 offers another overtaking opportunity however, it is vital to carry good speed out of this corner otherwise you can be vulnerable down the long back straight.

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Turns 13 & 14

A fast and extremely tricky right-left chicane, this provides the final overtaking opportunity on the circuit as the drivers brake hard at the end of the back straight. Be careful on exit though as the infamous Wall of Champions is ready to collect any wayward drivers and add another victim to its illustrious list.

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Ferrari moving on track

Q: How challenging is the track on a low-med-high scale?

A: The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve provides a formidable challenge for the drivers, the car and our products. Over 70% of the lap is spent at full throttle, thus creating heavy demands on fuel consumption.

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Q: What challenges do you face as a team?

A: The paddock in Canada is not the largest but it is always a great circuit and race to come to. Delivering the fuel to the team takes much more time than usual as the fuel storage isn’t too close to the pits and we can only deliver 4-5 drums at a time as we have no use of a forklift here.

MARANELLO, ITALY - APRIL 21: <> on April 21, 2018 in Maranello, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for Shell)

Fun Fact

The most successful driver at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is Michael Schumacher, who claimed seven wins at the circuit throughout his career.

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