The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a 4.361 km (2.710 mile) motor racing circuit in Montreal, Canada, hosting a range of high speed races and car shows annually. Its unique 13-turn layout includes long straights and fast chicanes, all on a scenic island in the St. Lawrence river.
Nearest track of a similar category is Lime Rock Park (397 kilometers away).
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is named after Canadian Formula One driver, Gilles Villeneuve. He was born in Quebec and was a fan favorite in his native country.
The circuit runs in an Olympic Basin, built for the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the fourth race to be won by the same driver in the same season since the world championship began, with the other three being won by Michael Schumacher at Imola in 1994, at Silverstone in 2001, and at Montreal in 2004.
The circuit was first used in 1978 as part of the Canadian Grand Prix.
In 1990, French driver Jean Alesi’s Ferrari became the first car to lap the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in under 1 minute, 30 seconds.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of five permanent race tracks in Canada, with the other four tracks located in Shannonville, Mont-Tremblant, St-Eustache, and Sanair Super Speedway.
The track is 4.361 km long and has 14 turns, making it one of the most technical circuits on the Formula One calendar.
The track features two long straights, one of which is the Start/Finish straight, with the other being the long back straight.
The circuit is renowned for its challenging chicanes, with the likes of the hairpin and the often chaotic first corner being particularly tricky.
The track has seen numerous great champions, with Michael Schumacher holding the record of most wins at the track with seven victories.