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F1 Canadian GP Preview – Start Time, How to Watch & More

Fresh off a one week break, F1 makes its second trip to North America in 2023. We bring everything you need to know about the Canadian GP, including the start time and how to watch. You can also check out our F1 predictions and the betting odds for this weekend’s race.

F1 Canadian GP Start Time Preview
Start, #1 Max Verstappen (NLD, Oracle Red Bull Racing), #14 Fernando Alonso (ESP, BWT Alpine F1 Team), #55 Carlos Sainz (ESP, Scuderia Ferrari), #44 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team), F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by HOCH ZWEI) – Photo by Icon sport

Canadian GP Start Time and UK Schedule

Canadian Grand Prix Date

The Canadian Grand Prix will happen on Sunday, June 18th.

Canadian Grand Prix Start Time

The Canadian Grand Prix is scheduled to go green at 6:00 pm GMT. The table below has the start time for all practice sessions, as well as for qualifying and for the race itself.

Spanish GP Schedule

Friday, June 16th Session Time (GMT)
Free Practice 15:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Free Practice 29:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, June 17th Session Time (GMT)
Free Practice 34:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Qualifying8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday, June 18th Session Time (GMT)
Race6:00 pm

How Can I Watch the Canadian GP?

If you are in the UK, then you will be able to watch the Canadian Grand Prix live on Sky Sports. But if you prefer to follow the action online, NOW will stream the race as well. In the US, ESPN will broadcast the race, and will also stream it live on the internet.

Television Channels

TV ChannelLocation
Sky Sports F1UK
Fox SportsAustralia

Streaming Services

Streaming ServiceLocation
TSN DirectCanada

About the Canadian GP

Montreal has always been a favorite among fans and drivers alike. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a bit of a rarity, as it could be considered a “permanent street circuit”. The track is built on Notre Dame Island, a man-made construction in the St. Lawrence River. Notre Dame Island originally served as the fairground for Expo ’67, and was later used as one of the host venues for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Two years later, in 1978, part of the island was made into a racing track, originally called the Notre Dame Island Circuit. That same year, Montreal replaced Mosport as the Canadian Grand Prix’s new venue. Four years later, in 1982, the track was renamed in honor of local hero Gilles Villeneuve, shortly after his passing. The Canadian legend won the first ever F1 race held at the track.

When it’s not being used during the offseason, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is open to the general public, and is effectively used as an access road. The circuit’s structure, such as walls and curbs, remains in place throughout the year.

A challenging and fast circuit surrounded by walls on both sides, Montreal can be defined as a true “driver’s track”. Further proof of that is the feared Wall of Champions, on the outside of turn 13. The name comes from the fact that a number of world champions have “left their mark” there, smashing their tyres against the wall while trying to gain a few hundredths into the main straight.

Altitude and Weather

Weather could be a factor again. And when it rains, it pours at the Canadian GP venue. Montreal has seen plenty of exciting races under wet conditions, such as the epic 2011 Canadian Grand Prix. There is a 60% chance of rain on Friday. The forecast paints a much grimer picture for Saturday, however, with an 80% chance of intense showers throughout the day. In other words, we can expect a wet qualifying session for the second year in a row. The forecast for the race has a smaller, but still significant 60% chance of rain, with a mix of occasional showers and sunny weather.

Canadian GP Stats

These are the key stats you need to know about the Canadian Grand Prix:

Last Canadian Grand Prix: 2022

Circuit length: 4.361 km

Number of laps: 70

Race distance: 305.270 km

Lap record: Valtteri Bottas, 2019 (1:13.078)

Most Wins (Drivers)

Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher – 7

Nelson Piquet – 3

Alan Jones, Ayrton Senna, Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Sebastian Vettel – 2

Damon Hill, Daniel Ricciardo, Denny Hulme, Emerson Fittipaldi, Fernando Alonso, Gerhard Berger, Gilles Villeneuve, Jack Brabham, Jacques Laffite, James Hunt, Jean Alesi, Jenson Button, Jody Scheckter, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Michele Alboreto, Mika Hakkinen, Nigel Mansell, Peter Revson, Ralf Schumacher, Rene Arnoux, Robert Kubica, Thierry Boutsen – 1

Most Wins (Constructors)

McLaren – 13

Ferrari – 12

Williams – 7

Brabham, Mercedes – 4

Red Bull – 3

Benetton, Tyrell – 2

Ligier, Wolf – 1

Canada Offers More Than Just Racing

Notre Dame Island, where the track is located, is a man-made island in the Saint Lawrence River. It was built in 1965 with 15 million tons of rocks from the Montreal undergrounds. Notre Dame Island was originally built as the fairground for Expo ’67, and also served as the venue for rowing and canoeing during the 1976 Summer Olympics.

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