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Formula One - Canadian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, June 10th
SITE: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1978) -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
TRACK: 4.361 km (2.709) miles) 14-turn road course
CAPACITY: 100,000
ANNUAL: 42nd
TELEVISION: FOX, TSN
START TIME: 2 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jenson Button
RUNNER-UP: Sebastian Vettel
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 70
MILES: 189.694 (305.270 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ralf Schumacher, 2004 (1 minute, 12.275 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 28 min., 24.803 sec.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jenson Button76Felipe Massa3
2Sebastian Vettel17Kamui Kobayashi13
3Mark Webber48Jaime Alguersuari18
4Michael Schumacher89Rubens Barrichello16
5Vitaly Petrov1010Sebastien Buemi15
2011 Canadian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 74.864 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 4 hours, 4 minutes, 39.537 seconds (includes time of rain delay)
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.709 seconds
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 17
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 12
FASTEST LAP: Jenson Button, 1:16.956, lap 69
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:13.014)
Past Canadian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Jenson Button (7th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 74.864 k.p.h./4:04:39.537
2010 -- Lewis Hamilton (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 195.079 k.p.h./1:33:53.456
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Robert Kubica (2nd) -- BMW Sauber -- 189.987 k.p.h./1:36:24.447
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 175.799 k.p.h./1:44:11.292
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Renault -- 193.572 k.p.h./1:34:37.308
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (7th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 198.754 k.p.h./1:32:09.290
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (6th) -- Ferrari -- 207.165 k.p.h./1:28:24.803
2003 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 200.777 k.p.h./1:31:13.591
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:33:36.111s
2001 -- Ralf Schumacher (2nd) -- Williams-BMW -- 1:34:31.522
2000 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:41:12.313
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (2nd) -- McLaren -- 1:41:35.727
1998 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:40:57.355
1997 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:17:40.646
1996 -- Damon Hill (1st) -- Williams -- 1:36:03.465
1995 -- Jean Alesi (5th) -- Ferrari -- 1:44:54.171
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Benetton -- 1:44:31.887
1993 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- Williams -- 1:36:41.822
1992 -- Gerhard Berger (4th) -- McLaren -- 1:37:08.299
1991 -- Nelson Piquet (8th) -- Benetton -- 1:38:51.490
1990 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:42:56.400
1989 -- Thierry Boutsen (6th) -- Williams -- 2:01:24.073
1988 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:39:46.618
1987 -- Not Held
1986 -- Nigel Mansell (1st) -- Williams -- 1:42:26.415
1985 -- Michele Alboreto (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:46:01.813
1984 -- Nelson Piquet (1st) -- Brabham -- 1:46:23.748
1983 -- Rene Arnoux (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:48:31.838
1982 -- Nelson Piquet (4th) -- Brabham-BMW -- 1:46:39.577
1981 -- Jacques Laffite (10th) -- Ligier-Matra -- 2:01:25.20
1980 -- Alan Jones (2nd) -- Williams-Ford -- 1:46:45.53
1979 -- Alan Jones (1st) -- Williams-Ford -- 1:52:06.892
1978 -- Gilles Villeneuve (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:57:49.196
1977 -- Jody Scheckter (9th) -- Wolf-Ford -- 1:40:00.00
1976 -- James Hunt (1st) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:40:09.626
1975 -- Not Held
1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (1st) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:40:26.136
1973 -- Peter Revson (2nd) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:59:04.083
1972 -- Jackie Stewart (5th) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:43:16.9
1971 -- Jackie Stewart (1st) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:55:12.9
1970 -- Jacky Ickx (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 2:21:18.4
1969 -- Jacky Ickx (1st) -- Brabham-Ford -- 1:59:25.7
1968 -- Denny Hulme (6th) -- McLaren-Ford -- 2:27:11.2
1967 -- Jack Brabham (7th) -- Brabham-Repco -- 2:40:40.0
 
NOTE: Race changed to 70 laps (1978, 80, 82-85, 90, 2001-present), 69 lap race
(1986-89, 91-94, 96, 98-2000), 54 lap race (1997), 68 lap race (1995),
63 lap race (1981), 72 lap race (1979), 80 lap race (1972-77), 64 lap
race (1971), 90 lap race (1967-70).
 
Past Canadian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 2nd
2010 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1st
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 19th
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1st
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2005 -- Jenson Button -- 13th
2004 -- Ralf Schumacher -- 17th
2003 -- Ralf Schumacher -- 2nd
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 16th
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1999 -- Michael Schumacher -- 15th
1998 -- David Coulthard -- 15th
1997 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 1st
1995 -- Michael Schumacher -- 5th
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1992 -- Ayrton Senna -- 18th
1991 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 3rd
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1989 -- Alain Prost -- 21st
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1987 -- Not Held
1986 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1st
1985 -- Elio de Angelis -- 5th
1984 -- Nelson Piquet -- 1st
1983 -- Rene Arnoux -- 1st
1982 -- Didier Pironi -- 9th
1981 -- Nelson Piquet -- 5th
1980 -- Nelson Piquet -- 16th
1979 -- Alan Jones -- 1st
1978 -- Jean-Pierre Jarier -- 16th
1977 -- Mario Andretti -- 9th
1976 -- James Hunt -- 1st
1975 -- Not Held
1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 1st
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 25th
1972 -- Peter Revson --2nd
1971 -- Jackie Stewart -- 1st
1970 -- Jackie Stewart -- 18th
1969 -- Jacky Ickx -- 1st
1968 -- Jochen Rindt -- 12th
1967 -- Jim Clark -- 12th
Last Race Results
RACE: Monaco Grand Prix (May 27th)
SITE: Circuit de Monaco -- Monte Carlo, Monaco
LAPS: 78
MILES: 161.887 (260.520 km)
WINNER: Mark Webber
RUNNER-UP: Nico Rosberg
THIRD: Fernando Alonso
FOURTH: Sebastian Vettel
FIFTH: Lewis Hamilton
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 6.557 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 147.312 k.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.643 second
Canadian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3 *Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Jenson Button13th3rd13th9th20th11th---2ndWon
Sebastian Vettel---------------8th---4th2nd
Mark Webber7th15th5th12th9th12th---5th3rd
Michael SchumacherWonWon2nd2nd---------11th4th
Nico Rosberg---------21st10th10th---6th11th
Pastor Maldonado------------------------19th
Fernando Alonso4th13th18thWon7th16th---3rd22nd
Lewis Hamilton------------Won19th---Won24th
Kimi Raikkonen6th5thWon3rd5th18th---------
Romain Grosjean---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Sergio Perez - Started in the 23rd position and finished 11th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
Darkhorse - Sergio Perez
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fernando Alonso) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Heikki Kovalainen) - Finished 13th
 
NOTES:
After a string of four straight fourth-place finishes, followed by an 11th-place result in Spain, Mark Webber picked up his first victory of the season in the May 27 Monaco Grand Prix.

Webber, currently tied for second in the championship point standings, has had little success in the Canadian Grand Prix, posting just three top-five finishes in his last eight appearances in Montreal.

Last year, Jenson Button fought back from a penalty, wet weather and a collision with his McLaren teammate, Lewis Hamilton, to win the Canadian GP. Button made a dramatic last-lap pass on defending world champion Sebastian Vettel for the lead. The final margin of victory was 2.7 seconds. The victory was Button's first of 2011 season and 10th of 13 F1 titles.

The race began with the safety car on track, as rain marred the start of the event. The safety car stayed out front for four laps before the "real" race was allowed to begin. However, with the track still very slippery, spin outs were expected and Mark Webber was the first to oblige - at the first turn past the start/finish line after the green flag dropped.

Rain continued to plague the race, as it was halted again for two more hours after 23 laps. The final tally for rain stoppage was almost four hours.

Finally back on the track and with just two laps remaining, Button maintained the pressure and finally got to Vettel. He slid wide, just a little bit, but that was all Button needed.

After a one-year hiatus, the Canadian Grand Prix returned to the Formula One schedule in 2010, as Lewis Hamilton raced to victory. Hamilton put on a masterful performance to win this race for the second time in three appearances, finishing ahead of Button.

Hamilton, the pole sitter, passed Red Bull's Mark Webber on lap 50 of the 70- lap event at the 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course. He beat Button to the finish line by 2.2 seconds for his second victory of the season and the 13th of his Formula One career.

Prior to 2010, the last race in Montreal was in 2008, as Robert Kubica captured the checkered flag, cruising to a whopping 16.495 seconds win over Nick Heidfeld for his only Formula One title.

Pole sitter Hamilton raced to victory in 2007, as he took the checkered flag 4.343 seconds ahead of Nick Heidfeld. With his win, became the first rookie to win a Formula One race since 2001 when Juan Montoya won in Italy.

In 2006, Fernando Alonso crossed the finish line 2.1 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher for his first Canadian Grand Prix title. The win was Alonso's fourth straight victory of that season and the 14th of his career.

Pole sitters have captured this race 18 times overall. Michael Schumacher was a seven-time winner of this race and the last driver to repeat as champion (2002-04). Schumacher was also a six-time pole sitter.

The Canadian Grand Prix was moved to Montreal in 1978, as Mosport Park was thought to be outdated and too dangerous. It was built around the site of Expo 67, and it is a mixture of street circuit and permanent road course. Downtown Montreal is only a stone's throw away. One look at the circuit is enough to tell the story. This track breaks many a car. The first chicane catches out even the best of driver, then there is a kink leading into the Senna hairpin, which leads the left-right "s". The first race held on this circuit showed a maiden victory for the local hero, Gilles Villeneuve. In 1982, the track was renamed in his memory, and saw tragedy when Riccardo Paletti was involved in an opening lap accident, running into the back of Didier Pironi's stalled Ferrari, an accident that claimed Paletti's life.

The strangest finish ever remembered at Montreal was when Nigel Mansell was leading, and celebrated a little too soon. He coasted to a halt and stalled his Williams car, allowing a very surprised Nelson Piquet to capture his last victory for Benetton.

The next Formula One race is the June 24 European Grand Prix in Valencia Spain. Sebastian Vettel won last year's race there.

06/06 13:30:27 ET

As of June 6, 2012, at 01:30 PM ET

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