In 2017 the Grand Prix of Canada celebrates the 50th anniversary since the first appearance in the calendar of the championship of Formula 1. GPUpdate.net recalls the iconic race the past during this time.
Debut stage of the Formula 1 in Canada took place in August 1967 in Mosport Park. Race length-90 laps was held in difficult wet conditions. A double victory was won then by team Brabham – Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme did not leave opponents no chance, ahead of the entire peloton on the circle.
Race 1973 went down in history as the first in Formula 1, in which the track appeared machine security. This innovation has led to confusion, which was compounded by a subsequent wave of pit stops. The winner in the end was recognized as Peter Revson.
After several races in Mosport and Mont-Tremblant Grand Prix of Canada in 1978 moved to the artificial island of Notre-Dame on the Saint Lawrence river in Montreal. Won a victory when the local favorite stands Gilles Villeneuve won the first race for themselves and Canadians in the Formula 1.
In 1980, the Montreal took the final race of the season. The victory of Alan Jones, coupled with the gathering of Nelson Piquet allowed the Australian to win the title, and Williams to win the first of nine Cup of designers in its history.
Mansell dominated in the course of the race and on the last lap ahead of nearest rival Nelson Piquet for more than a minute. But with the passage of the studs when the British began to wave to the stands, his car suddenly slowed down.
Still do not know exactly what happened. According to one version, the engine stalled because of falling turnover, and on the other, Mansell, waving hands, just touched the button and turned off the power unit.
Went out in leaders after the problems Michael Schumacher with gearbox, Jean Alesi was fixed in the first position and won a long awaited first victory, which, as it turned out, was the only one for him in Formula 1.
Already on a victory lap for the car of the Frenchman ran out of fuel, and indoor Park ride Schumacher, who finished the day fifth.
It was after the race 1999 concrete fence at the exit of the last turn was called the “Wall of Champions”. Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Damon hill alternately broke their cars in this place. Problems avoided only Mika Hakkinen, who won.
Starting for the first time in his career from pole position, Hamilton was beaten off in the first turn attack teammate at McLaren Fernando Alonso. In the further part of the race, the British never doubted its superiority, despite the regular visits of the safety car. The most serious incident that day, of course, was a horrifying accident of Robert Kubica at the hairpin.
As in the previous year, Hamilton started from pole position but was leading only in the initial stage of the race, and then fell when faced with Kimi Raikkonen on the exit of pit lane. The main character was Robert Kubica, who won his only career victory. Thanks to the second place nick Heidfeld BMW won the double.
In difficult wet conditions, Sebastian Vettel then controlled the race until the last lap, but the only mistake deprived the German victories, which eventually went to Jenson Button. The British, unlike the current champion, after clashes with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, and also received fine, several times breaking through. But on the last lap he caught up and overtook Vettel.
Mercedes won the first six races of the season 2017, but in Montreal on both machines had problems with the generator MGU-K. Lewis Hamilton came down in the middle of the race and Nico Rosberg in the second car continued the race. Until the last laps, the German was in the lead, but to hold back the onslaught of Daniel ricciardo still could not and missed the Aussie to first career victory.
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