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In Case You Missed It - off track in Canada

13 Jun 2016

Sunday’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2016 produced plenty of entertainment on circuit. But things were pretty busy behind the scenes in the build-up to the Montreal race too. Here's our social media roundup of just a few of the highlights...

Sporting pilgrimage

Canada and Finland are two nations that love their ice hockey - no surprise then that Valtteri Bottas just had to visit Centre Bell, home of the Montreal Canadiens.

True Belieber

They shared celebrations in Monaco, and Lewis Hamilton and Canada's own Justin Bieber were hanging out again ahead of the Montreal weekend.

Home for the weekend

Max Verstappen headed back to his native Holland between Monaco and Canada, but he still found time for an F1 fix - much to the delight of his countrymen.

La Dolce Vita

While his team mate was ripping up the waves, Nico Rosberg chose a more genteel form of relaxation ahead of his Canadian Grand Prix.

Best of friends

Hamilton and Bieber also found time to enjoy the Brazil vs Ecuador 2016 Copa America soccer match - in the company of Brazilian footballing superstar Neymar.

Getting shirty

And Neymar made sure Hamilton had the perfect souvenir to take home with him after the game.

Cool hand Carlos

For the cynics who thought F1 drivers didn't sign their own autographs for fans, think again - Carlos Sainz is only too happy to prove you wrong!


For those who didn't know, Youppi! is the official mascot of the Montreal Canadiens - and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson and fellow hockey fan Bottas were lucky enough to meet him.

The Greatest

Lewis Hamilton dedicated his Montreal win to hero and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who passed away recently.

A warm welcome

Heineken announced their new F1 partnership in Montreal - and with them came Spanish soccer star Carles Puyol.

Congratulations Claire

The Williams deputy team principal was among those appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Queen Elizabeth II's 2016 Birthday Honours List, for her services to Formula One racing.

Just can't get enough

What do F1 drivers do when they're not racing? Race, of course.

Model guest

American model Devon Windsor made sure her Canadian Grand Prix weekend included a visit to her 'national' team.

Feeling the heat

Williams' Canadian test driver Lance Stroll did his bit to celebrate Montreal's sporting heritage.

Massa meets Michael

He would have preferred their encounter to have come on the Montreal podium, where Michael Douglas conducted the post-race interviews, but at least Williams' Felipe Massa got to meet the Hollywood icon.

Fernando and friends

Douglas wasn't the only Oscar winner in the Montreal paddock. 

From football to F1

Enjoying his first visit to a Grand Prix was New England Patriots quarterback and four-time Superbowl winner Tom Brady, a special guest at Red Bull.