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Canadian Grand Prix - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 12 Jun 2003

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari F2002 qualified and finished in third place.
Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, 9 June 2002

Located on a man-made island on the St Lawrence River, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has hosted the Canadian Grand Prix since 1978. Part street and part road course, the track is only used twice a year, so early sessions can often be slippery affairs.

Overtaking is possible, though the walled circuit can feel rather narrow, with the cars running extraordinarily close to the barriers in places. This is most noticeable through the final corner, where several illustrious drivers have ended their races in the past.

Montreal's mixture of slow corners and long, fast straights places heavy demands on engines and brakes. Fuel consumption is also very high. Traction is crucial to a quick lap time and most teams opt for a low downforce set-up to maximise their straight-line speed.

As far as strategy is concerned, one stop was the way to go last year. In fact, Rubens Barrichello was the only man on a two-stopper to score points. Both he and Juan Pablo Montoya had sped away from the field at the start thanks to light fuel loads, only to be reeled in by their one-stopping rivals later in the race.

To win in Montreal, having the name Schumacher would appear to be a definite advantage. Michael and Ralf are the only two current drivers to have won at the circuit, with the former having taken a record five Canadian Grand Prix victories.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of three venues to have hosted the Canadian race, the others being Mosport Park and Mont Tremblant. However, with the track celebrating its 25th Grand Prix this year, Montreal has firmly established itself as the event's home and has become one of the most popular rounds of the Formula One calendar.