The Formula One Canadian Grand Prix is held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, located on the man-made island of Ile Notre-Dame in the St. Lawrence River, Montreal. The circuit is also host to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Gran-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
The Canadian Grand Prix, first held in 1961 at Mosport Park, initially took place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1978, and has been a feature on the F1 annual schedule since then, with the exception of 2009. In its first Grand Prix, the track was known as the Ile Notre-Dame Circuit, but changed to its current name in 1982 in honour of the F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve – an historic Canadian driver.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is 4.361 kilometres long, with 15 turns, and is most recognised by F1 drivers by its close barriers – in particular the wall of the exit of the final chicane. Many legendary drivers have fallen victim to the wall, most notably Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and more recently Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. It is now fondly dubbed the ‘Wall of Champions’.
The record for the fastest time set at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is 1.13.622, by Rubens Barrichello in 2004, racing with Ferrari. Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most number of wins by a driver, with seven to his name, while Ferrari have 13 wins, the record number in the constructors division.
The 2010 F1 World Championship Season
Grand Prix Name: Grand Prix Du Canada 2010
Race Date: 11th June – 13th June 2010
Round Number: Eight
Number Of Laps: 70