Laps: 70 laps
Start time: 14:00hrs local / 19:00 BST
Pole position is located on the left-hand-side of the track. The racing line is on the right, but the first braking zone (Turn Two) is for a left-hander, for which the pole-sitter has the inside line.
DRS There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and 12.
Don't put the kettle on...
Lewis Hamilton won last year’s race with one pitstop, on lap 24, whereas Sebastian Vettel came second after stopping twice. With this year’s harder tyre compounds, strategy is expected to favour one pitstop, but confirmation of this will only come after Friday practice.
400m/0.249 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 22s.
80 per cent, which is high. The fast nature of the track, combined with the close proximity of the barriers, means even the smallest of mistakes can result in contact with the barrier. Thirteen of the last 18 races have been Safety Car or Virtual Safety Car-affected. It’s worth noting that the Canadian Grand Prix is the spiritual home of the Safety Car because it was at Mosport in 1973 that the Safety Car was first deployed in F1.
Watch out for...
Turns Two and Three. They are two of the slowest corners on the track, but a lot of action takes place here. It’s rare that the field makes it through this section unscathed on the opening lap of the race because it’s easy for cars to trip over each other – especially with this year’s wider cars. The approach is also the first DRS zone, so there’s often a lot of overtaking under braking.
What makes this race interesting...
The unpredictability of it. There are three significant overtaking points around the lap and lots of opportunities for drivers to make mistakes, due to the close proximity of the barriers. The weather can also be unpredictable, all of which makes a cocktail of unmissable drama.