This is the 44th Canadian GP and the 34th at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. 14 or 42.42% have been won from pole position, slightly higher than the average of 38.70% of the races on the 2013 calendar. The first championship race in Canada was held at Mosport Park in 1967 and won by Sir Jack Brabham.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is 4.361km long with 14 corners, the race will have 70 laps and be a total of 305.270km, the third shortest race of the year behind Monaco and China. 21 different drivers have won in the 33 races at the Canadian GP here, the most successful team and driver is yet again Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. Ferrari have won 10 races and Schumacher 7.
The race lap record was set back in 2004 by Rubens Barrichello’s Ferrari with a time of 1:13.622 and an average speed of 213kph or 133mph. The last three Canadian GPs have been won by McLaren, no team has ever won the race four times in a row and I don’t think McLaren are going to be the first to do so.
The race will be the 100th for the Force India team, the team started off as Jordan in 1991 before becoming Midland in 2006, Spyker in 2007 and then finally Force India in 2008. Force India have only scored three points in Canada after finishing 9th and 10th in 2010. If Kimi Räikkönen finishes in the points on Sunday he will match Michael Schumacher’s record of 24 consecutive points finishes.
The Silly Stats
As Anthony Davidson will tell you groundhogs are found at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. If you were to line them up nose to tail around the track you could fit 8,386 around a single lap.
A single groundhog when running flat out could lap the Canadian GP circuit in 20:55.968.
For some more stats on the Canadian GP see my mini-stat page