The Canadian GP is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar, great fun, great track, great race. Even when there is no race going on, like the 2011 Canadian GP, things are still somehow entertaining.
The race on Sunday will be the 38th race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the 48th Canadian GP. Interestingly even though Jacques Villeneuve had raced until 2006, no Canadian driver has scored points in Canada since 1996, something I’m sure Lance Stroll would love to end.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a 4.361km long track, one of the shorter tracks around, with just 14 corners. The race is 70 laps, giving a total race distance of 305.270km, the third shortest race on the calendar behind Monaco (obviously) and Shanghai. 17 races (45.95%) at the track have been won from pole position and 23 (62.16%) from the front row, which quite interestingly is about average for wins from pole, but one of the lowest from the front row.
Currently the race lap record stands at 1:13.622, set by Barrichello’s Ferrari in 2004, and if my estimates are correct, laptimes of 1:13.4 are possible in race trim. That is calculated using averages of the speed difference from the tracks raced in 2017 so far, so there is always a chance that the difference will be more or less than that, but it’s fairly possible.
Michael Schumacher has won the most races at the track with 7 wins, while Ferrari have 10, though Ferrari have not won the Canadian GP since Schumacher in 2004. Of the current drivers, Lewis Hamilton is rather good in Canada, five wins, five poles, with the exception of 2013 where he came third, Hamilton has either won the race or retired.
The Silly Stats
You could completely cover the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with 33,797,817 hockey pucks, that’s almost one puck for every person in Canada.
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.