Canada! The seventh race this season and surprisingly the start of the first double header, with the Canadian GP this weekend and European GP next.
The race will be the 47th Canadian GP and the 37th race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, named after the man who won the first race at the track, then called the Île Notre-Dame Circuit and currently the only Canadian to win the Canadian GP. The track is 4.361km long making it the fifth shortest in 2016, behind the Austrian GP, Brazilian GP, Mexican GP and Monaco GP. There are 70 laps in the race giving a total distance of 305.270km. 16 (44.44%) of the last 36 races at the track have been won from pole position and 22 (61.11%) from the front row of the grid.
23 drivers have won at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 31 have won the Canadian GP and six of the current drivers have won. However of the current drivers only Lewis Hamilton has won multiple times, and he has won it four times, behind only Michael Schumacher who has won it seven times. McLaren are the most successful team at the Canadian GP with 13 wins, but Ferrari are the most successful at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with ten wins.
Sergio Perez made his 100th GP a few races ago, but in Canada he should be making his 100th race start. Sebastian Vettel has the most all-time points scored in F1, but Lewis Hamilton is just seven points behind, so if Hamilton wins and Vettel finishes second they will end the race with the exact same number of points.
The Silly Stats
If you covered the track surface 5cm deep in maple syrup it would be enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool, roughly 2,834,600 litres, enough for over 60 million pancakes.
As Anthony Davidson will tell you groundhogs are found at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. A groundhog running flat out could lap the Canadian GP circuit in 20:55.968.