AT&T Williams F1 - Canadian Grand Prix preview
Formula One fever grips Montréal this week as the teams cross the Atlantic for the only North American round on the calendar this season, the Canadian Grand Prix. Widely regarded as one of the country’s most favoured sporting events, the Canadians will be celebrating their 40th Grand Prix this year having hosted a race ever year bar one since 1967.
Twenty nine of those have been held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a track enjoyed by the drivers for its challenging layout, while also regarded with some degree of trepidation as its perilous walls loom threateningly close and are renowned for claiming even the most seasoned of drivers.
Traditionally a good track for the team, AT&T Williams has a strong record at Montréal with seven victories, second only to Ferrari’s nine, seven fastest laps and nine pole positions.
Nico Rosberg will be back in the cockpit in Canada having been given the all clear after his accident in Monaco, and will join Kazuki Nakajima in the team’s fight to collect points to augment its position in the Constructors’ Championship.
Monaco was a difficult race for me, which was a real shame as we’d been competitive all weekend. After two incidents in the opening stages of the race, I thought I’d settled into a rhythm but, coming to swimming pool after Tabac, the rear of the car twitched suddenly, probably on a patch of water, and I ended up in the Armco.
After consulting the doctors on site, I decided to go to hospital as precaution for some routine checks. Fortunately, they came back clear so I was released on Sunday evening. Following a couple of days’ rest, I resumed my normal training programme in preparation for Canada.
I’m heading to Montréal a few days early to get used to the time difference and to see the city. There are lots of cool bars, restaurants and clubs, and there are some good places to go shopping. There are also some beautiful places around the city, especially near the mountains, where I like to go for my daily run. The locals really get behind Formula One and they seem to be quite supportive of me too as many of them remember my father when he raced there.
AT&T Williams has a strong history around the Circuit Gilles Villeneueve and have traditionally been quick there, which gives me a lot of confidence and allows me to go to Montréal with positive expectations. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car because the speed we showed in Monaco was very promising and the track should suit our car.
I’ve only been to North America once when I went to Canada for last year’s race and drove in Friday morning’s practice session. Because of that, I do have some experience of the track, but this will be my first full weekend of racing there. The circuit is very challenging with its walls and high kerbs. It’s not an easy track, but it should be fun to drive. Montréal itself is a great city.
It’s really picturesque and I enjoyed my time there last year so I’m looking forward to going back. Before heading to Canada, I’m going to New York for a week to have a look around and do some training.
Sam Michael, Technical Director, Williams F1
Montréal always produces good racing, mainly because the cars run so close to the walls so there’s a higher chance than normal of the safety car being deployed. As one of the few street circuits on the calendar, the grip level changes significantly over the race weekend, so the teams are continuously chasing the perfect set-up.
The circuit is dominated by long straights so the rear wing level has to be set lower than normal to ensure that the car is running at its optimum aerodynamic efficiency.
The long straights induce high top speeds but, combined with the slow speed corners, also make Montréal the hardest track on brakes so we have to monitor their wear. Most teams opt for a one or two stop strategy in Canada.
Our target for this race is to obviously score points, which we should be able to do considering the upturn in competitiveness we demonstrated at the last race in Monaco.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal
Located on the Ile Notre Dame, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a wholly different proposition to the previous race in Monte Carlo and demands a completely different set-up direction and a return to optimum aero efficiency. Above all, Montréal is a power track.
The 4.361km lap is driven at an average of 200km/h with top speeds peaking at 320km/h on the start-finish straight where throttles will be fully open for 15 seconds going into Turn 2. As such, engine power and durability will be deciding variables this weekend.
Sufficient torque to power the car out of the corners will also be key as the high speed straights are met by a combination of slow and medium speed corners, the slowest of which being L’Epingle hairpin taken in second gear at just 65mph. Low downforce settings for the straights must therefore be complemented by medium grip levels and a well balanced set-up for good cornering capability to achieve a quick lap time.
With a total of 15 corners around the lap, the circuit is notoriously hard on brakes (temperatures can reach up to 1,000°C during the race) so the teams bring bespoke brakes and pads to Montréal which can withstand the high wear levels and temperatures.
The stop-start nature of the circuit also places considerable demands on the gearbox as up to 3,500 changes can be made during the 70-lap race. Combined with Montréal’s imposing kerbs and the unforgiving run-off areas, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve invariably claims a number of casualties, but the fans’ enthusiasm is always rewarded with an exciting Canadian Grand Prix.
STATS & FACTS
RACE DISTANCE / LAPS
4.361kms / 2.709 miles. 70 laps = 305.270kms / 189.694 miles
RACE START TIME Local: 13.00, BST: 18.00
2007 FASTEST LAP F Alonso, McLaren Mercedes: 1:16.367
2007 POLE SITTER L Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes: 1:15.707
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Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Coming out of Monaco, what is the mood within the team?
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Following your Monaco win, we now move to Canada, what are your thoughts ahead of this race?
"As I said on Sunday, winning at Monaco is the highlight of my career, it was a very emotional victory for me as it is something I have dreamed of weiter >>
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2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and took his maiden Formula 1 victory. After 70 laps with four Safety Car periods, Lewis won 4.3 seconds ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Alexander weiter >>
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE
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Canadian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up Sunday 10 June 2007
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RED BULL RACING F1 - Canada Grand-Prix
…was the weight of Red Bull Racing's air freight for the Canadian GP
WINNER: Ricardo Rosa, who guessed 32,373kg
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2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - SUNDAY 10/06/07
IF MY AUNT HAD BALLS...
SHE WOULD BE MY UNCLE
Tonio Liuzzi (STR2-03) Pos. DNF
"It was not the way I had hoped for this race to end. After Kubica's accident I got some debris caught under the car and thought I was going to have to retire. It was like a slalom trying to av weiter >>
2007 Canadian Grand Prix Race Report
Adrian Sutil (car 20, F8-VII/03):
RET: 21 laps Accident
Fastest lap: 1:19.452
Christijan Albers (car 21, F8-VII/02):
RET: 47 laps Accident
Fastest lap: 1:19.254
Weather: 26 C ambient, 40 C track. Hot and sultry.
The Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team had its weiter >>
BMW Sauber F1 Team - Großer Preis von Kanada - Rennen
Großer Preis von Kanada - Rennen, Sonntag - 10.06.07
Wetter: sonnig und trocken, 27-29°C Luft, 49-53°C Asphalt
Zur Halbzeit des Großen Preises von Kanada kam die erlösende Nachricht, dass Robert Kubica seinen fürchterlichen Unfall in Runde 27 nach ersten Auskünften der weiter >>
... according to medical reports.
Kubica left the track at speed on the run down to the hairpin, after appearing to make contact with the rear of a Toyota. The BMW Sauber became airborne, hitting a wall in the centre of circuit, before rolling to halt at the hairpin entry, with little more than its monocoque intact.
Kubica was quick weiter >>
2007 Canadian Grand Prix
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 70 Winner 1 10
2 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 70 +4.3 secs 3 8
3 17 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 70 +5.3 secs 19 6
4 4 Heikki Kovalainen Renault 70 +6.7 secs 22 5
5 6 Kimi Räikkönen F weiter >>
2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix from his first ever Formula 1 pole position after setting a fastest time of 1m15.707. Team-mate Fernando Alonso qualified second with 1m16.163. It is the se weiter >>
Adrian Sutil (car 20, F8-VII/03):
FP3: 18th 1:18.270 (13 laps)
Q1: 21st 1:18.536 (7 laps)
Christijan Albers (car 21, F8-VII/02):
FP3: 22nd 1:18.933 (13 laps)
Q1: 22nd 1:19.196 (7 laps)
The Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team will start tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix with Adrian Sutil and Christijan Alb weiter >>
2007 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - SATURDAY 09/06/07
Tonio Liuzzi (STR2-03)
"Another good qualifying after Monaco, which confirms the car is getting better and better. On my final run I drifted just a little wide at corner 7 and without that it's just possible I might have made it into Q3 and the top ten. I am in positive mood and maybe I am g weiter >>
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
The AT&T Williams team had a mixed qualifying session with Nico Rosberg securing P7 on the grid for tomorrow’s Canadian GP, while team-mate Alex Wurz had a troubled Q1 and his qualifying efforts ended 15 minutes into the afternoon session. Alex will start the race from P20 and despite his disappointment, has vowed to fight back weiter >>
You've got another chance to win a Red Bull Racing cap signed by our drivers…
Just guess how many meals will be served in the Red Bull Racing Hospitality area at the Canadian GP (guests and team) Send your answers to katie.tweedle@
Closest figure wins the cap!
DAVID COULTHARD, Position 14th
"It's been a pretty ug weiter >>
QUEBEC TO LIFE
Panasonic Toyota Racing will line up with one car in the top ten of the grid for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix after a mixed qualifying session. Following yesterday's front suspension problems, the team investigated the cause overnight at the circuit and back in its Cologne factory.
The front upright that failed had been used for two years weiter >>
2007 Canadian Grand Prix
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.576 1:15.486 1:15.707
2 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.562 1:15.522 1:16.163
3 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:17.006 1:15.960 1:16.266
4 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.468 1:16.592 1:16.411
5 5 Felipe Massa Ferr weiter >>
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.071
2 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.459
3 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.465
4 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.666
5 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:16.864
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:16.975
7 15 Mark Webber Red Bull- weiter >>
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.550
2 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:17.090
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.307
4 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.515
5 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:17.827
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:17.992
7 8 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:18.108 weiter >>
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.759
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.967
3 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.136
4 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:18.167
5 15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:18.301
6 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:18.620
7 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:18.6 weiter >>
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
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Canadian Grand Prix Preview 8 - 10 June 2007
In advance of this week's Canadian Grand Prix, the Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team has conducted Q&As with drivers Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil.
Q&A with Christijan Albers
Do you feel the team made progress in Monaco?
The gap to the others was weiter >>
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Canadian Grand Prix 8 - 10 June 2007
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8. - 10. Juni 2007 6. von 17 WM-Läufen
Die Formel 1 schnürt das zweite von fünf Doppelpacks der Saison 2007: Am 10. Juni startet das BMW Sauber F1 Team auf dem pittoresken Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal und nur eine Woche später auf dem berühmten Speedway in Indianapolis.
Das BMW Sauber F1 Team reist voller Zuversicht weiter >>
... in celebration of Formula 1's 40 years on Canadian soil
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Renault und Alonso schenken Michelin den 100. Grand Prix-Sieg
Mit einer 100-prozentig perfekten Leistung beschert weiter >>
Weather: sunny and dry, 29-31°C air, 47-49°C track
With Nick Heidfeld finishing seventh in the Canadian Grand Prix, the BMW Sauber F1 Team collected two more championship points. Jacques Villeneuve in 8th was on course for one point, but then with 10 laps to go at his home race he slid into the wall. weiter >>
Montreal, Sunday 25th June 2006 Kimi Raikkonen MP4-21 03 Juan Pablo Montoya MP4-21 05 T-car (Kimi) MP4-21 04
Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's 70-laps Canadian Grand Prix in third position. Kimi was on a two-stop st weiter >>
A first-lap collision between Tiago Monteiro and Christijan Albers capped off a disappointing weekend for MF1 Racing at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The incident, which took place at the hairpin at the end of the back straight, involved Monteiro hitting the back of his teammate's car, effectively ending both driv weiter >>
Sunday, 25 June 2006
ENGLAND 1 SCOTLAND 1
DAVID COULTHARD, (Finish Position 8th, Start Position: 22nd)
"That was the most difficult Canadian Grand Prix I've ever done in terms of track surface and balance. I didn't expect to get a poi weiter >>
Canadian Grand Prix - Race Round-UpSunday 25 June 2006
Panasonic Toyota Racing will leave Montreal with three points after a spirited race from Jarno Trulli at today's Canadian Grand Prix. On a sweltering day at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Jarno started in 4th place weiter >>
... and the fourteenth of his career, this afternoon with a controlled drive to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard had never previously scored a podium finish at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and was determined to add some silverware to his collection at this race. He did so in weiter >>
SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2006Montreal, (CAN) 4.361km / 2.709 miles Sunny, 29°C air, 37-48°C track
1 F Alonso Renault F1 (M) 1 1:15.911, lap 222 M Schumacher Ferrari (B) 5 1:15.993, lap 683 K Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) 3 1:15.841, lap 2212 M Webber WilliamsF1 ( weiter >>
US NEXT**We're off to the US next and maybe it's US next for a point?
Scott Speed: "Another top ten for the resume! No, seriously, it was a very intense race. It was very treacherous out there, with all the loose rubber and asphalt on t weiter >>
1 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 70 Winner 1 10 2 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 70 +2.1 secs 5 8 3 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 70 +8.8 secs 3 6 4 2 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 70 +15.6 secs 2 5 5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +25.1 secs 10 4 6 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 69 +1 Lap 4 3 7 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW 69 +1 Lap 13 2 8 14 David Coulthard RBR-Ferrari weiter >>
DAVID COULTHARD, Position 16
"I had a lot of oversteer during qualifying, which I've had all weekend and it basically means I can't carry speed into the corners. That's where you lose the time here, so it doesn't surprise me that I was at the back end of th weiter >>
Tonio Liuzzi: "This was another good qualifying for me. Everything has been moving in the right direction since we started practice on Friday. We should have a good pace for the race as the car feels consistent and quite quick. I think that in the second part of qualifying I might ha weiter >>
Saturday 24 June 2006 QUEBEC ON SCHEDULE
Panasonic Toyota Racing is celebrating its best qualifying performance of 2006 after Jarno Trulli took 4th place on the grid for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix. After a week of mixed weather, the sun appeared for Saturday's hour of weiter >>
Saturday June 24th, 2006
Despite making substantial gains in pace between practice and qualifying, MF1 Racing came up a bit short in qualifying and was unable to repeat its feat of entering the second session, as it had at the British Grand Prix.
SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2006Montreal, (CAN) 4.361km / 2.709 miles Sunny, 27°C air, 46°C track
1 F Alonso Renault F1 (M) - - 1:14.9422 G Fisichella Renault F1 (M) - - 1:15.1783 K Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) - - 1:15.3866 N Rosberg WilliamsF1 (B) 1:16.404 (8th) 1:15. weiter >>
Montreal, Saturday 24th June 2006
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CANADIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya will start tomorrow's Canadian weiter >>
Weather: sunny and dry, 26°C air, 40-46°C track
Montreal (CAN). After very promising practice sessions, the BMW Sauber F1 Team failed to make it into the top ten in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. In the morning's third free practice session only the two Renault drivers were faster than Jac weiter >>