Think of the Canadian Grand Prix and it’s incredible track and one can’t help but think of local hero Gilles Villeneuve, in whose honour the circuit is named.
The venue has hosted 40 of the 50 Canadian GP, with the circuits being Mosport and Mont Tremblant.
This race dates back to 1967, the first of eight times it was held at Mosport Park in Toronto. There were also two Grands Prix staged at Mont Tremblant, a ski resort up country from Montreal.
Inevitably, thanks to the popularity and success of Gilles Villeneuve, the race then moved to the city itself in 1978.
Notre Dame combines F1 with Canada
The venue is the Ile Notre Dame, which was the site in 1967 of “Expo 67,” a giant world fair celebrating “The Peoples of the Earth.” “It was the summer of love and the summer of Expo,” wrote a local hippy poet.
The following year the island was part of the site for the 1968 Olympic Games and today, the F1 teams’ hospitality units sit on what was the Olympic Rowing Basin.
The track is a short metro ride from the centre of a city that always gives the Canadian F1 GP a warm welcome, with F1 in evidence everywhere.
Sebastian Vettel was first past the flag in the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, but the win went to Lewis Hamilton as the German was given a penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner, after making a mistake and going off