From gear changes to corner speeds, and tips for our gaming community, our track guide is the home of F1 geekery.
|Track length||4.361km/2.710 miles (only four circuits are shorter)|
|2016 pole position||Lewis Hamilton 1m12.812s|
|2016 fastest lap||Nico Rosberg, 1m15.599s (lap 60)|
|Lap record||1:13.622s (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)|
|Distance to Turn One||260m/0.124 miles (second shortest of season)|
|Longest straight||1.16km/0.721 miles, on the approach to Turn 12 (longest of the season: China, 1.17km/0.727 miles)|
|Top speed||335km/h/208mph, on the approach to Turn 12 (fastest of season: Monza, 350km/h/217mph)|
|Full throttle||67 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent)|
|Fuel consumption||1.8kg per lap, which is high|
|Gear changes||56 per lap/3,920 per race|
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a tortuous mix of slow corners and long straights. Brake wear is high because the cars are braking from very high speeds on four occasions around the lap, but you also need good traction to be competitive. Downforce levels are medium-to-low, similar to Spa-Francorchamps.
How to tell when a driver's really on it
As at Monaco two weeks ago, the drivers use all of the available track, but no more. When they’re really on it, they drive aggressively over the kerbs at the chicanes, but they mustn’t get too greedy because that costs time.
Trickiest bits for the driver
Turns 12 & 13, the final chicane. This is very high-speed – 150km/h (93mph) at the first apex, 200km/h (124mph) at the exit – and there are big kerbs to prevent the drivers from cutting the corner. If you hit one of the apex kerbs too hard, you can find yourself catapulted into the ‘Wall of Champions’ – so-called because it’s claimed Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel in the past.
Medium-to-low downforce. High top speeds are crucial, but so is good braking performance because car positioning at the apex is crucial to maximising traction out of the corner.
Low. The track is used infrequently, so it’s very slippery early in the weekend, and the surface is also very bumpy, which makes it easy for a driver to make a mistake.
Purple Ultrasoft, red Supersoft, yellow Soft – the fourth time this combination has been used in 2017.
High. There are seven significant braking events around the lap, all of them from high speed, and that makes this one of the toughest circuits of the year for brakes.
Tips if you're a gamer
The greatest amount of lap time can be found under braking. On four occasions around the lap the cars shave off more than 200km/h (124mph) on the brakes, so late and consistent braking performance is important. Braking also affects corner exit because the car needs to hit the apex if it’s to maximise traction away from the corner.