10 Montreal F1 oddities you might need forgotten

System 1 has missed Montreal through the Canadian Grand Prix’s COVID-enforced three-year absence.

Not simply due to the ambiance at this standard race both, however as a result of this can be a monitor the place odd issues occur.

Lots of them are very, very well-known. Robert Kubica taking his sole F1 win in a BMW 1-2 in 2008, a 12 months after a savage crash there, and on a day when Lewis Hamilton bizarrely took Kimi Raikkonen out within the pit exit. Nigel Mansell dropping victory in 1991 as a result of he stalled his Williams’s engine whereas waving to the gang. Jean Alesi’s solely F1 win. The champions’ wall.

These are all a part of F1 folklore. Listed below are some Montreal oddities that some might have forgotten.

Compiled by Matt Beer, Valentin Khorounzhiy, Josh Suttill, Edd Straw and Jack Cozens


Canadian Grand Prix Montreal (cdn) 13 15 06 1997

Jacques Villeneuve by no means stated the strain of Canadian expectation and being the centre of consideration on the circuit named after his legendary father acquired to him. And given Villeneuve’s method to F1, it in all probability truly didn’t.

However, whether or not coincidence or one thing deeper, his Montreal F1 file was spectacularly unhealthy.

Second place in his rookie season was Villeneuve’s solely dwelling factors end in F1, and was a fairly good effort. But to completely discover his toes in F1 (the Melbourne near-win and Nurburging win having been a bit of misleading) at that stage of 1996, he got here inside 0.02s of beating Williams team-mate Damon Hill to pole and did a good job of creating two-stopper Hill work for victory with a stable run on a one-stop.

A 12 months later he arrived as championship chief, however made his first go to to the wall of champions by crashing out of second behind title rival Michael Schumacher on solely the second lap – dropping the factors lead within the course of. He visited the identical wall with considerably extra pressure two years later in BAR’s messy debut season.

Even when Villeneuve was sensible in Montreal, he acquired simply too swashbuckling for his personal good.

All of the sudden in second place within the uncompetitive 1998 Williams in that 12 months’s chaotic Canadian GP, he stormed down the skin of shock chief Giancarlo Fisichella’s Benetton into the primary nook at a security automotive restart, locked each entrance tyres, speared over the gravel and again throughout the circuit onto the alternative grass. He rejoined seventh then acquired tagged by Esteban Tuero’s Minardi, inflicting his rear wing to break down additional around the lap.

Villeneuve spent a lot of 2000 making sensible begins then utilizing the more and more sturdy Honda engine to maintain his unwieldy BAR in entrance of quicker automobiles. Montreal was one of many biggest examples as he launched from sixth to 3rd off the road then fended off Rubens Barrichello’s Ferrari and Mika Hakkinen’s McLaren for a 3rd of the race, transferring as much as second on the best way after David Coulthard was penalised for his mechanics being on the grid too late.

However BAR giving him dry tyres in a pitstop simply as late rain set dumped Villeneuve down the order, and his restoration drive ended with a ludicrously optimistic dive on Coulthard on the hairpin that not solely took him previous the McLaren however straight into the aspect of Ralf Schumacher’s Williams a long way forward.

Lastly, in what turned out to be Villeneuve’s last F1 season in 2006 he was on for a Montreal level for BMW… then understeered into the wall whereas making an attempt to lap Ralf Schumacher’s Toyota with 11 laps to go.


Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Canadian Grand Prix Race Day Montreal, Canada

The 2014 Canadian GP was already a very good race coming into its midway level, however there was treasured little to counsel it could be one which ended Mercedes’ first profitable streak of many in its hybrid period reign of terror.

A sturdy defence from Nico Rosberg had left Lewis Hamilton behind Sebastian Vettel’s Crimson Bull, however it took little or no working for Hamilton to ease by Vettel and restore a Mercedes 1-2 – and the massive intrigue was alleged to be whether or not Hamilton would handle to reel in and cross Rosberg, one thing he was definitely making a very good go of.

Then, each automobiles misplaced their MGU-Ks. And similar to that, the race was reworked into a contemporary basic – a determined duel between the 2 now-hobbled Mercedes automobiles, Hamilton dropping his brakes and retiring, Rosberg hanging on for expensive life and a pack of hungry pretenders closing in – solely one among them finally in a position to get previous him.

The race led to unsavoury vogue with the high-speed shunt between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa however that’s the solely strike towards its ‘fashionable basic’ standing.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Canadian Grand Prix Race Day Montreal, Canada

A greater reminiscence from it’s first-time winner Daniel Ricciardo’s pivotal and scintillating cross spherical the skin of Perez at Flip 1, the most important image but of Crimson Bull’s altering of the guard that might be finalised by the top of the season.


Formula 1 Grand Prix, Canada, Sunday Race

Okay, this one everybody certainly remembers. Clocking in at over 4 hours, the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix is probably simply as effectively remembered for its marathon run time as Jenson Button’s sensational last-to-first through two collisions (one with McLaren team-mate Hamilton), a puncture, 5 pitstops, a drive-through penalty and working final at half-distance.

A record-breaking six security automotive durations and a prolonged red-flag stoppage led to a disrupted grand prix however the motion was so intense and unpredictable when the race was beneath inexperienced flags, that it was greater than definitely worth the wait.

It was a correct thriller with no scarcity of overtakes and surprises, from Kamui Kobayashi circling the rostrum locations one 12 months earlier than the Sauber would have any proper to be anyplace close to them to Michael Schumacher dropping a primary top-three end of his F1 return with 4 laps to go.

In the long run, the ending order didn’t look too totally different from every other 2011 race, however that basically doesn’t inform the true story of one among F1’s best Twenty first-century grands prix.



Niki Lauda’s first retirement from F1 through the penultimate spherical of the 1979 season was immortalised by his “fed up with driving round in silly circles” line to the primary journalists who tracked him down in his resort. However it wasn’t fairly as brusque a choice as that made it seem.

The 1975 and ’77 world champion had felt his motivation slipping for a while because the Alfa Romeo-powered Brabhams struggled to commonly match Lotus in 1978 and Ferrari in ’79, a 12 months when Lauda solely truly completed two races.

Outpsyching staff boss Bernie Ecclestone over 4 months of contract talks to safe a $2million 1980 deal saved Lauda’s mind ticking (“I had a awful season behind me and was slowly dropping curiosity within the recreation,” he wrote in his autobiography. “Beating down the monetary wizard was a rattling sight extra enjoyable than driving.”). Then he acquired his huge contract and realised it did completely nothing to remotivate him.

He pinned his hopes on the brand new Ford Cosworth-powered BT49 chassis he’d strive for the primary time in Montreal follow. Lauda sensed Gordon Murray’s new creation was nice (Nelson Piquet practically gained the 1980 title with it, and did declare it in ’81 with its BT49C by-product). However after an F1 profession spent with V12 energy, the V8 Cosworth felt “flatter, muted” and “slower, boring by some means”.

“I’ve just one thought: you don’t belong right here, you don’t belong right here in any respect,” Lauda wrote. “Go and do one thing else. Now.”

He purchased himself time with just a few laps and a request for set-up adjustments within the pits, then concluded on his subsequent run that for him F1 was “completed. Sufficient is sufficient”.

Ecclestone accepted Lauda’s request to retire from F1 on the spot, and threw spectating System 2 midfielder Ricardo Zunino within the automotive for the remainder of the Canadian GP weekend (sporting Lauda’s overalls and helmet). He completed seventh, 4 laps down. And by some means saved the seat for half of 1980,ah  too.

Lauda would, in fact, be again.


Formula 1 Grand Prix, Canada, Sunday Race

F1 has been decided to supply multi-pitstop races for the previous decade, and the race in Montreal in 2010 was the origin of that need.

The mixture of the refuelling ban and sturdy Bridgestone rubber meant one-stop races had been the norm within the first a part of 2010. Aside from in China, the place rain led to extra stops, essentially the most pitstops made by the 24-car subject within the first seven races was 27 in Turkey.

However in Canada, the place Hamilton led dwelling McLaren team-mate Button for a McLaren one-two, there have been 63.

Formula 1 Grand Prix, Canada, Sunday Race

“The floor of Canada is likely one of the particular ones,” stated Bridgestone F1 boss Hirohide Hamashima after the race.

“It’s additionally very easy, so the tyres didn’t deform sufficient to get sufficient temperature, particularly at first of the race. That’s why the super-softs had a lot larger graining than standard, as did the mediums.”

Montreal was one of the crucial dramatic races of 2010 and with Pirelli taking on as sole tyre provider the next season, that Canadian GP was the origin of the push for high-degradation rubber designed to boost the present.



The outstanding Monaco and Jarama wins are rightly remembered because the peaks of Gilles Villeneuve’s achievements within the lumbering 1981 Ferrari, however third at dwelling in Montreal – scene of his first F1 win with a moderately extra aggressive automotive three years earlier – was pretty miraculous too.

And never as a result of he needed to come from eleventh on the grid in torrential rain in a horrible automotive. However as a result of he drove a lot of the race with the automotive’s entrance finish lacking and a few of it unable to see the place he was going in any respect.

Early brushes with Rene Arnoux, Elio de Angelis and Mario Andretti made the Ferrari’s entrance wing more and more mangled as Villeneuve surged up the order. Then it acquired so mangled the entire nostril part folded upwards and sat obscuring his imaginative and prescient.

Utilizing the peripheral imaginative and prescient honed in his early snowmobile racing days, Villeneuve saved up a aggressive sufficient tempo driving blind till he may dislodge the nostril part utterly, then raced on for third in his moderately blunted automotive.

“Nothing on the planet would have made me cease,” stated Villeneuve. “It was a danger I took and I knew the implications. That’s my method of going racing and I can’t see any justification for doing it every other method.”


Formula 1 Grand Prix, Canada, Sunday Race

Consider the 2007 Canadian GP, and two moments in all probability come straight to thoughts: Robert Kubica’s monster shunt, and the primary of Lewis Hamilton’s 103 (and counting) grand prix victories.

However Canada 2007 was a wild race and gave option to shock outcomes – the rostrum was accomplished by veteran Alex Wurz working a one-stop technique – and might need produced extra had others saved it on the highway.

A type of who did keep out of the partitions was Takuma Sato, and it was the sixth-place ending driver who maybe outperformed expectations essentially the most.

Tremendous Aguri’s short-lived, turbulent spell in F1 lasted simply over two years and yielded 4 factors – three of which had been scored on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve that afternoon.

Sato had already acquired the minnow staff off the mark two races earlier in Spain, beating Giancarlo Fisichella’s Renault to the ultimate level, however in Canada the automotive regarded an actual contender. Sato and team-mate Anthony Davidson had been in and across the high 10 all through follow, so it was one thing of a shock that Sato missed out on a spot in Q3 by a tenth and a half.

Sato’s begin was regular as he picked up a few locations to run on the fringes of the factors. He’d lastly made it into them at mid-distance – simply as Davidson struck wildlife, and ill-fate, as having to pit whereas working third meant he caught his pit crew off-guard within the course of – and Sato was as much as fifth when he stopped simply as the security automotive got here out with 20 laps to go for particles from a Christijan Albers off.

A sluggish pitstop of his personal undid a lot of what was gained, however then got here a reprieve.

Tonio Liuzzi, having glanced the champions’ wall early within the race, did so once more with graver penalties with 15 laps to go. The ensuing security automotive bunched the pack once more, and it was right here that Sato, then working ninth, started his stealth run.

Formula 1 Grand Prix, Canada, Sunday Podium

A Barrichello cease promoted him to eighth, then Sato executed two strikes into the ultimate chicane by forcing his rival onto the defensive inside line. The primary was on Ralf Schumacher’s Toyota however, not content material with seventh, Sato went chasing after reigning world champion Fernando Alonso no much less – passing the McLaren on the third lap earlier than the end to seal an unlikely sixth.

Lower than a 12 months later and the sport was up. Tremendous Aguri’s final race was the 2008 Spanish GP, a 12 months on from its first style of factors. However it made its mark throughout its brief time in F1, no extra endearingly so than with Sato’s late cost in Montreal.


Canadian Grand Prix Montreal (cdn) 16 18 06 1989

Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari and Alessandro Nannini’s Benetton main on the highway within the 1989 Canadian GP wasn’t too unusual in itself – each had been race-winners that 12 months.

The actual fact they had been doing it as a result of they’d acquired a large inadvertent soar begin from the pitlane was the odd half.

With the monitor drying after morning rain, Mansell and Nannini took benefit of an additional parade lap after Mansell’s team-mate Gerhard Berger stalled on the grid to desert their respective fifth and thirteenth beginning spots and dive in to right away take slicks.

Their tyre adjustments had been full whereas the remainder of the sphere was nonetheless forming up on the grid. With solely a flashing orange mild not a purple one on the pit exit, the pair headed straight out on monitor pondering the race had already begun. It hadn’t. They had been a lot of the best way by means of the primary sector when it did.

They had been each black-flagged and disqualified, although Mansell’s Ferrari had already dropped out with an alternator failure by the point that occurred.

That race had an odd ending too: an engine failure for Ayrton Senna with simply three laps left handed Williams a shock 1-2 with Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese – the primary triumph of its Renault-powered period and its first since 1987.


Canadian Grand Prix Montreal (cdn) 09 11 06 1995

So thrilled was the house crowd to see Alesi taking his first, and solely, System 1 victory within the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix that they couldn’t comprise their pleasure.

After Alesi’s Ferrari crossed the road, carrying the quantity 27 made well-known by Canadian hero Gilles Villeneuve, followers started to swarm onto the monitor.

This precipitated issues for drivers who had been nonetheless racing, with Mika Salo parking his Tyrrell on the left aspect of the grid on the principle straight earlier than taking the chequered flag.

This allowed Minardi driver Luca Badoer, who had began the ultimate lap 17 seconds behind, to cross him and take seventh place on the 69th and final lap.

Whereas factors had been solely paid all the way down to sixth, the stewards determined to roll the outcome again to the top of lap 58 so as to restore Salo’s seventh place.

That race additionally has the excellence of being Jordan’s solely double podium end outdoors its 1998 Spa 1-2. Helped by each automotive forward of them bar Alesi’s hitting some type of drama, Barrichello and Eddie Irvine rose to an excellent second and third.



Ideas of Alesi plus Montreal usually lean in direction of that wonderful one-off 1995 win for Ferrari, on his birthday, amid excessive attrition.

However Montreal was additionally a spot the place Alesi had two weird crashes that ended with automobiles perched on high of one another. As soon as he was on high, as soon as beneath.

In 1990 he spun his Tyrrell in a downpour approaching the final of the again part’s chicanes, slewed over the grass and slammed into Nannini’s Benetton, which had crashed on the similar nook 5 laps earlier. It was nonetheless buried within the tyre wall when Alesi’s Tyrrell did a high-speed reverse into and over it, splitting it in half. Nannini had fortunately lengthy since exited it.

Alesi wasn’t so fortunate eight years later when it was his flip to get landed on. His Sauber had already been used as a launchpad for Wurz’s Benetton to roll on the first begin, then on the restart Ralf Schumacher’s mid-pack spin led to Wurz tipping Jarno Trulli’s Prost into and over Alesi, the automobiles coming to a halt with Trulli’s automotive wedged on high of the Sauber.

Alesi did have some Montreal highs nonetheless to come back too, although. Fifth place in 2001 was a fairly epic outcome given the Prost he was driving on the time.

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