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F1 Preview: Grand Prix du Canada 2011

Ferrari and McLaren are hoping to stop Red Bull domination in this season on Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal) on a circuit (Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve) where aerodynamics play a less important role.

Formula 1 this weekend is crossing the ocean for the only race that takes place in North American: the Canadian Grand Prix.

Even if Red Bull Racing has won five of the first six races of the season, Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit promises spectacle because it’s configuration, soft and supersoft Pirelli tires, but also the new regulation for Drag Reduction System (DRS).

These are just some of the reasons why Formula 1 fans should expect a weekend full of unforeseen events.

Canadian Grand Prix is the perfect opportunity for Ferrari and McLaren to try and stop the dominance of Red Bull Racing, due to the Montreal circuit. At the same time, is one of the last opportunities for both teams to remain in the race for the constructors titles. Inevitably, most teams will introduce some technical novelties for the race cars, but overall will be just about minor updates and not some significant improvements capable of radically alter the current rankings.

Montreal – Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Aerodynamic performance has a less important role on the Montreal circuit, and this will be a major disadvantage for Red Bull Racing. Instead, the engine power is representative for the unusual configuration of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and Ferrari and McLaren are using superior units to those provided by Renault to Red Bull. Finally, Ferrari counts on its 150 Italia monopost with a very good traction out of the slow corners.

For the first time this season, pilots will have two distinct areas for activation of the DRS system. Drivers will be able to activate the DRS on the straight line between corners 11 and 12 and on the start-finish straight line, given that these two straight lines are separated only by one turn. There will only be one detection point, situated at the exit of the L’epingle hairpin. Any drivers within one second of the car in front can activate their wings.

Video RBR simulator – Here are the main characteristics of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve:

Technical characteristics of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve (Montreal,Canda):

Tour Length – 4.361 (2,709 miles)
Number of laps – 70
Total distance – 305.270km (189.695 miles)
Maximum  Speed – 321,4 km/h (199.709 mph) by Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 2010
Average Speed – 205 km/h
Maximum g force – 5 G
Aerodynamic downforce – High
Brake Wear – medium
Full throttle – 69%
Power loss – 6%
Lap record – 1:13:622 (226.693 kph) by Rubens Barrichello, 2004

Strategies for Pirelli tires

Like in Monte Carlo, Pirelli will provide soft and supersoft tires in Montreal. However, the chances that some pilots are able to repeat the strategy with one pit stop is minimal because of the abrasive nature of the circuit. Moreover, the Italian manufacturer refused to make predictions on the optimal number of pit stops for the race Sunday.

Results in the last five years:

Season / Winner
2010 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2008 Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber)
2007 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2006 Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2005 Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)


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