Canadian Grand Prix, F1

What to expect at the Canadian Grand Prix

For the first time in three years there will be a Canadian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on June 19 2022 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Both the 2020 and 2021 races were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but normality is now returning to the Formula One calendar.

We have analysed the date from previous races to see what could happen at the Canadian Grand Prix 2022.

Expect a close race

Since the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was redesigned in 2002, the average margin of victory by a winning driver has been just 5.6 seconds.

Only two current Formula One circuits to have staged at least 10 races in this period have been won by a smaller average interval – the Circuit de Monaco (5.0 seconds) and the venue for the season’s opening race, the Bahrain International Circuit (5.3 seconds).

Which drivers perform best in Montreal?

There are eight drivers assigned to a team in 2022 who have qualified for at least five previous grands prix in Montreal.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is also a seven-time winner of the Canadian Grand Prix, although he has also failed to finish the race on three occasions.

Hamilton’s former rival Sebastian Vettel is the only man in this list who has never failed to take points from this race; in his 11 entries the German has climbed the podium six times and secured five top-10 finishes.

Don’t be surprised if there’s an upset

Since the aforementioned circuit redesign in 2002, no regularly-used Formula One venue has witnessed more wins by drivers who started behind the front two rows on the grid.

The legendary Michael Schumacher won from sixth position in 2004, as did Daniel Ricciardo in 2014.

Kimi Raikkonen went one better than Schumacher with a win from seventh in 2005, which Jenson Button also managed in 2011.

Pole position is no guarantee of success at the Canadian Grand Prix

Another way in which the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve stands out from the other staples on the F1 schedule is how fragile the advantage of a good qualification session has been.

Since 2002 only the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi – which hosts the final race of the season – has seen a lower proportion of podium finishes by the drivers who qualified in pole position.

Four of the 17 editions of the Canadian Grand Prix in this period have seen the car that started at the front of the grid fail to complete the race, while Vettel led qualification in 2012 only to end up crossing the line in fourth place.

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