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Old 5th June 2015, 12:10   #1
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Thought I will take another shot at it. Probably one of the most picturesque setting. A favourite amongst drivers and F1 personnel. Great crowds and lots of track action. Variable weather usually sets up the weekend for great racing. Will never forget Jenson Buttons charge from the back of the field after getting penalized and pitting almost 5 times to take the win from Vettel on the final lap.

Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Direction: Clockwise
Turns: 14
Laps: 70
Race date: 7 June 2015
Circuit opened: 1978
First Grand Prix: 1978
Lap record: 1:13.622 (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)
Circuit length: 4.361 km (2.709 mi)
Race distance: 305.270 km (189.685 mi)

2015 timetable (GMT -4):
Friday 5 June
Practice 1 10:00-11:30 local time
Practice 2 14:00-15:30 local time

Saturday 6 June
Practice 3 10:00-11:00 local time
Qualifying 13:00 local time

Sunday 7 June
Race 14:00 local time

Additional on-track events:
F-1600
Micra Cup
Ferrari Challenge

Driver steward: Alan Jones

DRS zones:
Zone 1 - Droit du Casino
Zone 2 - Main straight

Pitlane speed limits:
80 km/h (49.7 mph) for the entire event

Fuel usage: 1.43kg per lap
Top speed: 340 km/h (211 mph)
Full throttle: 55 per cent of lap
Gear changes: 70 per lap
Max. corner g-force: 2.6 (Turn 9)
Tyre selection: Super Soft (Red), Soft (Yellow)

Weather forecast:
Friday - Light rain, high 21°C / low 13°C
Saturday - Sunny, high 19°C / low 9°C
Sunday - Light cloud, high 19°C / low 11°C
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Few interesting things about Canadian circuit:

A critical point in the circuit is the chicane before the famous “wall of champions” which gained it’s name after the 1999 Grand Prix incident where Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all ploughed into it one after the other. The wall, somewhat ironically, was emblazoned with the words “Bienvenue au Quebec”.
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The wall itself may soon be under threat as the organisers have had to agree to improving the facilities in order to pen the contract extension for the race for the next ten years. The start-finish straight is expected to be pushed north, eliminating this spectacular corner.

Another spectacular incident that comes to mind is the 2007 GP accident by Robert Kubica coming into the hairpin. He hit the back of Trulli’s Toyota, sending him flying into the concrete wall on the inside of the track.
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The car disintegrated in spectacular fashion and spun across the track to come to rest on it’s side on the outside against the guard rail. Despite being able to see his feet sticking out of the safety cell, he only sustained a sprained ankle and a mild concussion.

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Most number of wins by driver - Michael Schumacher with 7 wins
Most number of wins by team - Ferrari and Mclaren with 13 wins each.

Good opportunity for Ferrari to go one up.
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Good opportunity for Ferrari to go one up.
Montreal is a "horsepower" circuit and power unit upgrades have become the major talking point ahead of this weekend’s race.

Ferrari have cashed in three engine ‘tokens’ and might close the gap to the mercs who have not used any engine tokens but are believed to run their engines closer to the limit. Both Silver Arrows drivers will also move onto the second of their four allotted power units this weekend - a stark contrast to those drivers in the Renault-powered teams who are already at the limit…

Here is the updated PU usage till Canada.
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McLaren power unit suppliers Honda have also spent two tokens and are likely to go for a turbo change and improvements in the way the MGU-K harnesses energy because of the heavy braking that features here.
The information so far from Alonso and Button suggests that they went after reliability and efficiency rather than outright performance. The curious case of the Honda PU continues....
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If it remains a dry race im sure we will see multiple DNFs, some on account of PU and most for brake issues.

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The information so far from Alonso and Button suggests that they went after reliability and efficiency rather than outright performance. The curious case of the Honda PU continues....
For Honda, performance will only be gained through reliability and the ability to turn the engine up completely.

If you recall, earlier they had a issues with Engine seals failing due to high temps/pressure and were unable to turn up power, similar things here im sure.
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For Honda, performance will only be gained through reliability and the ability to turn the engine up completely.

If you recall, earlier they had a issues with Engine seals failing due to high temps/pressure and were unable to turn up power, similar things here im sure.
Looking at the FIA Technical delegate's report regarding the PU usage and comparing it with Monaco numbers, it seems like Honda has renewed the ES (Energy store) & CE (Control Electronics) on both cars. Both are on the 3rd units this season.
After what Alonso said about the Engine being the same as last race, the changes using the tokens seems to be related to the energy recovery systems.
The overall efficiency should improve due to that.
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Wahay!
After the monaco incident, Lewis has been surprisingly quiet and controlled.
I am expecting fireworks this weekend and an explosive obliteration of everybody.
Yeah, Hammertime!
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Looking at the FIA Technical delegate's report regarding the PU usage and comparing it with Monaco numbers, it seems like Honda has renewed the ES (Energy store) & CE (Control Electronics) on both cars. Both are on the 3rd units this season.
After what Alonso said about the Engine being the same as last race, the changes using the tokens seems to be related to the energy recovery systems.
The overall efficiency should improve due to that.
I was wrong in my assessment regarding the usage of ES & CE.
The units were replaced by McLaren during Monaco weekend.
The status I posted earlier is basically at the end of Monaco weekend.
The changes being made to the cars will be known only at FP1.
Here are the two reports showing the correct time of replacements.
Apologies for any confusion caused.
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Here's the latest update on the PU usage.

Extracts from : The FIA Formula One Technical Delegate’s Report
Date : 05 June 2015
To : The Stewards of the Meeting Time : 10:05


The following drivers will start the Canadian GP with a new internal combustion engine (ICE):
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The following drivers will start the Canadian GP with a new turbocharger (TC):
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The following drivers will start the Canadian GP with a new motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H):
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The following drivers will start the Canadian GP with a new motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K):
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The following drivers will start the Canadian GP with a new energy store (ES):
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The following drivers will start the Canadian GP with a new control electronics (CE):
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Hamilton was in impressive form throughout FP1 and was 0.415 seconds quicker than Rosberg who got to within 0.019secs only for Hamilton to stretch his advantage again with his next run.
Everyone in general suffered from lack of grip as expected.
Ferrari's engine upgrade has definitely not been reflected on the time charts. Maybe the next session will show the clear picture.
The FP1 timings:
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Lewis Hamilton, just before the crash in FP2. Aquaplaning being the reason for the crash.

Just look at the pics below, you can clearly see the right front tyre aquaplaning.

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Aquaplaning

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During FP2 most of the quick runs were done initially as rain was approaching the track.
Vettel was happy with his pace during FP2.
He said "I think the stuff we have on the car seems to work. That was important. This morning we tried to prepare for the race, this afternoon more or less there was only one run. Lap times don't really matter so much today, it's all about the feeling you've got in the car. We can still improve so let's hope we do the right choices for tomorrow."

http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/...bastian-vettel

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Halfway through the FP3 and it looks like the upgrade for Ferrari isn't going to do much to the Mercedes domination. They might still be best of the rest, though Lotus and Force India have improved this weekend at the expense on non-Mercedes powered cars.

Its a pity that FP3 is not telecast in Star Sports.
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FP3 was another strange session, with two red flags interruptions.
First Nasr lost control when he started weaving his car to get some heat into tyres with his DRS flap open.
And then Button parked his car suspecting a PU problem soon after the session re-started.
In the midst of all this Lewis could not string a decent lap together and ended up 20th on the timesheet.
Rosberg tops a session and Hamilton is dead last. Who would have imagined that.
Max & Fernando have had their engines replaced so far with the possibility of Engine change for Button on the cards. Looks like the engines are falling like flies in Montreal.
If Max doesn't qualify within 5th place, he will have a stop-go penalty added to the 15 place demotion.
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Predictions for top three:
1.Ham 2. Ros 3. Vettel
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