I should really have written this yesterday, but got distracted by the football! Anyway, it’s the Canadian GP weekend and the 35th F1 race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The race this weekend will be the 45th Canadian GP and the 35th at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and when Mercedes win the race from pole position in will be the 20th win from pole in Canada. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is 4.361km long with 14 corners and a 70 lap race, meaning a 305.270km long race. The race is the third shortest on the calendar, behind Shanghai and of course, Monaco.
Kimi Raikkonen will be making his 200th race start this weekend and his 201st race, a podium finish would give him a total of 1000 points scored. Lewis Hamilton is the only driver that has won from pole in Canada with a Mercedes engine, doing it in both 2007 and 2010 for McLaren.
15 of the 34 races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve have been won from pole and another six from second on the grid. 22 drivers have won the race and Ferrari/Schumacher are the most successful with 10 Ferrari wins and seven Schumacher wins. The lap record isn’t Schumacher’s though, that goes to his 2004 teammate Rubens Barrichello with a time of 1:13.622 and an average speed of 213kph or 133mph.
Mercedes have never won a race in Canada, but before last year neither had Red Bull. Felipe Massa will be taking part in his 200th GP, making Brazil only the second nation to have three F1 drivers with over 200 GPs each, the first being Italy who have five.
Last year the race was saddened by the unfortunate death of a marshal after an accident at the circuit, let’s all hope that nothing similar happens again.
The Silly Stats
Canadian GP silly stats have to be about the legendary Wall of Champions! Sixteen drivers have hit the wall since 1997, from ten different nations, entering a combined 2136 races and winning 202 of those.
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.