51st Canadian Grand Prix this weekend: the facts and the parallels with the 1967 edition

Tuesday 14 June 2022 by Philippe Brasseur

After two years of forced absence, the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix is ​​back! The event takes place this weekend (June 17-18-19) featuring F1 of course, but also three supporting series promising starting grids of 25 to 45 participants each: the Nissan Sentra Cup, the F1600 Canada Series and the Ferrari North America Challenge.

This will be the 51st Canadian Grand Prix counting towards the Formula 1 World Championship, of which it will be the 1066th, and the 41st in Montreal. This edition also celebrates the 55th anniversary of the first F1 Canadian GP, ​​when Jack Brabham won the very first, at Mosport on August 27, 1967, after a long race lasting 2 hours 40 minutes. It was Jim Clark who took pole position, his 30th in F1, which was the record at the time.

At the wheel of his Lotus-Cosworth, Clark had completed his best qualifying lap averaging 172.879 km/h. At the last Canadian Grand Prix, in 2019 in Montreal, it was at an average of 223.514 km/h that Sebastian Vettel, then still with Ferrari, had achieved his first pole position of the season (his penultimate so far in F1 ).

55 years later, the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit will host an edition that, apart from being held in front of packed grandstands, promises to be exciting. After more than two months and 5 grands prix without a win, will Scuderia Ferrari and Charles Leclerc be able to take advantage of the Montreal event to take back major accolades? In the case of another Red Bull double on the other hand, we can certainly write that this 9th event of 2022 will have been the turning point of the season as it is difficult to see Ferrari recover from a second failure in line which is as bitter as last week in Baku.

The only link between the 1967 edition and this Sunday’s edition could ultimately be the weather: it rained in Mosport in 1967 and the chance of precipitation remains high for this Sunday! Promise of a multi-turn race, a first Mercedes success this season? A feat from Alpine or Aston Martin, whose drivers are known for great competitiveness on wet surfaces?

It will also be Nicholas Latifi’s first Canadian Grand Prix. The Williams driver will try to collect his first points of a season, which has been very disappointing for him so far.

Finally, we’d almost forget that the screenplay is so worn out: this week you’ll see popping up in certain media, such as a bad movie that plays constantly when nothing else is on the schedule, the grand theories of some well-meaning people who have just discovered that there is prostitution in Montreal (everyone knows that this phenomenon only exists during the week of the Grand Prix of course!), that an event (whatever it is, but don’t say it too loud for others) leads to pollution and that , a terrible phenomenon for all those people who dream of seeing our society turn a little more towards a new kind of communism, this generates extraordinary income and expenses! What ?! Tourists and workers spending money, bad dollars, in Grand Prix time, isn’t that terrible? Better to finally laugh about it.

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