F1 Travel Review Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal

There are loads of on going jokes about Canada in America…

Like, they’re America’s little brother, their navy consists of only a few canoes or their only authentic food export is Maple Syrup. Of course, as funny as those puns may be, Canada is, in reality, an amazing nation. The country has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world with culturally vibrant and modern cities. Their people are also super friendly, maybe even friendlier than some Americans!

Formula 1 hosts a Canadian Grand Prix most years and it’s held at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal. Let’s check it out!

Quick Facts – Gilles Villeneuve Montreal

  • First Grand Prix – 1978
  • Circuit Length – 4.361 km (2.710 miles)
  • Location – Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal, Quebec

History & Design at Gilles Villeneuve

Built in 1978, the circuit was originally named IIe Notre-Dame Circuit as the track is located on the Notre Dame Island, a man made island in the St. Lawrence river outside Montreal. The Island was built for the 1967 International and Universal expo. Some of the exhibits are still scattered around the grounds including the Biosphere.

The start of the race at Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 11 June 2017.

The race course is a masterpiece and has always been known as a power track, built for super high speeds. However, after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger the circuit was redesigned for safety. The Senna ‘S’ turns, Droit du Casino Corner, hairpin curve and Wall of Champions are all legendary sections of the circuit. This venue guarantee’s exciting racing action year in and year out.

Why Should You Travel to Montreal?

Montreal is a magnificent city. You almost feel like you’ve been dropped in the middle of France, except in fairness, the people are much more friendly than the French. Delicious cuisine, hip restaurants and historical architecture are all apart of the charm of Montreal.

Grandstands & Hospitality

Gilles Villeneuve Circuit has some of the best viewing of any other venue in Formula 1 because of its design. Get a spot at the hairpin turn or the Wall of Champions and you will not be disappointed!

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Oh Canada here we come!

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