Canadian Grand Prix Returns to the 2022 F1 Calendar: The Beauty of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Canadian Grand Prix
Canadian Grand Prix

Following a tumultuous Formula 1 schedule during 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, many racetracks and audience-filled stands are returning for the 2022 Grand Prix season. We’re already noticing the eagerness of fans.

In its opening week, Formula 1 drew its largest television audience in twenty-seven years and last month’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix surpassed that milestone to continue a fantastic uptrend.

The Saudi Grand Prix received 1.45 million viewers on ESPN. This figure became the most prominent live F1 audience since the 2014 Canadian GP that was hosted on NBC and the biggest cable audience since the 1995 Brazilian GP. The initial two races of the 2022 F1 calendar are now ranked among the three most-watched ever on U.S. cable television.

In the history of the most notable and record-breaking F1 audiences on U.S. cable, the Canadian Grand Prix has earned three placements within the top ten. And after a two-year absence, F1 enthusiasts will be delighted to know the Grand Prix’s elite drivers will return to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday, 19 June 2022.

 In conjunction with the recent legalization of online sports betting in Ontario, aspiring handicappers will be looking to put their analytic and prediction skills to the test with the pleasures of Ontario sportsbook bonuses finally becoming available for Canadian residents.

The legendary and multi-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton won his first-ever Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. With a rocky start to his F1 campaign, I wouldn’t be surprised if we witnessed a valuable set of odds on his chances of taking home the Canadian Grand Prix.  

But what makes the Canadian Grand Prix so unique and alluring?

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve History

Canadian Grand Prix

Most known for being one of the most dangerous tracks in Formula 1 racing, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has hosted the Canadian Grand Prix since 1978. It was constructed in 1967 for the Expo 67 World Fair; however, it eventually received a conversion into a racetrack.

The 1999 Canadian Grand Prix caused some of the most historic drivers in racing history to crash; Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, and Canada’s most treasured F1 legend Jacques Villeneuve all fell victim to the unforgiving wall at the final chicane – now known as the wall of champions.

Its street style circuit is loved for its unrivalled and uncommon layout that involves a hairpin, two sharp turns, two straights, and a hazardous curve.

Throughout 70 laps across a circuit length of 4,361 kilometres, the F1 race is best viewed by finding a seat on one of the three grandstands that overlook the hairpin – giving fans an incredible view of the hairpin overtakes.

Speaking of the fans, spectators from the Great White North and those who travel to Montreal for the race weekend are notably loud with excitement. Following the course’s absence due to the pandemic, the 2022 edition of the Canadian Grand Prix should expect an unmatchable atmosphere.

North and Central America Formula 1 fans don’t receive many opportunities to attend live events, and there’s no doubting that the Montreal circuit is the best the continent has to offer.

Canadian Grand Prix 2022: What Should Fans Expect

Returning to the F1 schedule following a two-season absence, the incredible offerings from the racing facility located on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence Seaway will unquestionably remind Grand Prix enthusiasts from North and Central America why they possess one of the most popular tracks on the calendar.  

Because Montreal is such a beautiful and welcoming city, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and racing fans create a pleasurable weekend for all of those involved. The track is located ideally for public transport access, and within the city, Crescent Street transforms into the race weekend’ place to be’ with live bands, great food, and festivities for everyone.

In addition, the race weekend falls at a time when the Montreal Fringe Festival is underway, so you can make it a week-long celebration by arriving early and amuse yourself with some of the city’s fantastic music, comedy, and art before the high octane F1 race is underway.


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