In Montreal on 10, 11, and 12 June: the warmest and most spectacular Formula 1 Grand Prix!

 

One of the most anticipated dates for a great number of racing fans, both in Canada and abroad, has now been revealed: 12 June, 2016. Normally, the 47th edition of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, the 37th in Montreal, will be held on that early summer Sunday. A few days ago, the FIA released the provisional calendar for the 2016 F1 World Championship during its World Motor Sport Council meeting in Mexico. The annual race at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal will be the seventh round of the Championship, two weeks after Monaco and two more weeks before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. As usual, the provisional calendar must be approved during a meeting of the World Council this fall.
 
June 12 occupies a special place in the history of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, as F1 races have been held on that date in nearly every decade since the event has been held in Montreal. In 1983, with Ferrari once again entering two cars in the Canadian round after the loss of Gilles Villeneuve the previous year, René Arnoux took his first win for the Scuderia and was joined on the podium by his teammate Patrick Tambay, who finished 3rd. Eleven years later, in 1994, then Benetton driver Michael Schumacher started from pole, led every lap, recorded the fastest lap and won the race. In 2005, Kimi Räikkönen started 7th on the grid and drove brilliantly to win the race and stay ahead of Michael Schumacher, who finished one second behind the Finn. Finally, 12 June, 2011 has gone down in Formula 1 history as the longest Grand Prix ever held and it is especially memorable for Jenson Button’s win after Sebastian Vettel’s mistake on the very last lap.
 
The FIA has also approved various proposals at the World Council meeting in Mexico, including one that lightens driver penalties for engine changes and another that allows new F1 engine suppliers to use five power units per driver during their first season (this will be applied retroactively to Honda). Finally, changes were made to the points system which allows drivers to acquire their super-licence.
 
But for those who love the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada and the exceptional atmosphere in Montreal on race weekend, the most important bit of news is that they can already mark down the dates in their calendar: 10, 11, and 12 June, 2016. And, of course... order their tickets for next year and take advantage of the special offer that will end on 7 August. Visit our web site at www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca or call us at 514-350-0000.

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