2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship • Montreal Race Preview
The 2014 Formula 1 Grnd Prix Du Canada
Round 7 of 19
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
June 6 - 8
Qualifying • Sunday June 8
Race start • Monday June 9
70 x 4.361km
Ferrari: 10 victories here
M. Schumacher: 7 victories
1:13.622 = 213.246 km/h • R. Barrichello (Ferrari) 2004
Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1:25.425 = 183.782 km/h
1 Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1:32.09.143 = 198.759 km/h
2 Alonso (Ferrari)
3 Hamilton (Mercedes)
Question: what significant event in F1 history occurred in Montreal in 2001?
1978: the great Gilles Villeneuve’s first victory on the track that would be named after him in 1982
1979-80: back-to-back victories for Alan Jones and Williams
1995: Jean Alesi’s only win, on his birthday, in a Ferrari carrying #27 – the number made famous by Gilles Villeneuve
2008: Robert Kubica’s only Grand Prix victory, a year after his devastating accident at the same circuit
2011: Jenson Button takes 4 hours 4 minutes 39.537 seconds to win for McLaren
Man of the Moment
We gave it to someone different for Monaco, let’s do the same for Montreal and nominate Nico Hulkenberg. The tall 26-year-old is enjoying his best F1 run with points in every round so far in 2014 to lie fifth overall behind our own Daniel Ricciardo. “In theory it should be one of the better tracks for us, but things change from race to race,” the German Force India driver says. “It’s good that we have the soft and supersoft tyres again because I think the softer tyres are more suited to our car. As an overall event the Canadian Grand Prix is one of my favourites because of the buzz around the city and the unusual track. To get a quick lap you need good top speed, a car that can attack the curbs and you also have to be brave enough to get close to the walls.”
One, really, and that’s braking at the most stop-go track of the season. Like Albert Park, it’s a halfway track – neither full circuit nor street circuit but a challenging combination of both.
Groundhogs: yes, the little critters can be a nuisance and a danger – but it’s the metaphorical ones we’re thinking of, and if you’re driving a Silver Arrow you will be confident of history repeating itself with a seventh straight win of 2014. As Monaco victor Nico Rosberg says, “It’s a beautiful but also crazy city – it’s a great place to celebrate a good result”.
Ferrari: is Maranello on the march? Former Canada winner Fernando Alonso thinks so: “After Monaco I felt a good atmosphere in the factory,” he says. “Everyone is very motivated and hungry for good results. We are realistic and well aware of where we are at the moment, but from now on, we want to be in a position to get better results and enjoy our race weekends a bit more and everyone is working in one direction to improve the car”. Perhaps being back at a circuit which has such emotive connotations for the team will bring that extra edge…
Quote of the week
“People say the track is dangerous and maybe that’s part of the appeal. I find the circuits where the barriers are a hundred metres away a bit dull. Taking a corner flat out, right on a knife edge, with walls to your left and right is a completely different feeling to going flat out when you know that if you go off you have several hundred metres of run-off. The last corner here is a good example. It’s a nice corner, as it’s quick and you have to jump two big kerbs, so it feels a bit like going back to one’s karting days, throwing the car around at high speed. It’s a work of art getting it right.” Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, one of the real racers still out there…
Off the record
Who in his right mind would bet against another Mercedes win? Rampant Rosberg to edge further ahead, with Hamilton second and Alonso best of the rest this time.