The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race which will be held on 8 June 2008 at 17:00 UTC, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal, Canada. It is the seventh race of the 2008 Formula One season and the only race of the season taking place in North America. It is the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix occurring on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
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The early Canadian Grand Prix was one of the premier events of the new Canadian Sports Car Championship, a series which had been created alongside the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport in 1961. Several international sports car as well as Formula One drivers participated in the event. For the first five years, the event would be won by drivers with either prior Formula One experience, or would enter the championship after winning the Canadian Grand Prix. In 1966 the Canadian-American Challenge Cup ran the event, with American Mark Donohue winning. Formula One took over the following year, although the CSCC and Can-Am series continued to compete at Mosport in their own events.
The first winner in Montreal was Quebec native Gilles Villeneuve who died in 1982 on the final qualifying lap for the Belgian Grand Prix. A few weeks after his death, the race course in Montreal was named Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after him. Gilles Villeneuve was one of the first inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, and the only Canadian winner at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The 1982 Canadian Grand Prix, in the shadow of the death of Villeneuve a month earlier, saw another accident when Villeneuve's teammate Didier Pironi stalled on the grid. Raul Boesel struck the stationary vehicle, and Riccardo Paletti then struck the rear of Pironi's Ferrari. Pironi and F1 doctor Sid Watkins came to Paletti's aid to try to extract him from his car, which briefly caught fire. After a half hour, Paletti was extracted and flown to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
In 1987, the race was not held due to sponsorship dispute between two local breweries, Labatt and Molson. During the break the track was modified, and starting line moved to its current position.
Ferrari's Jean Alesi won the 1995 edition, which occurred on his 31st birthday and which would be the only win of his career. Alessi had inherited the lead when Michael Schumacher pitted with electrical problems and Damon Hill's hydraulics failed. the victory was a popular one for Alesi, particularly after several unrewarded drives the year before, namely in Italy. Alesi's win at Montreal was voted the most popular race victory of the season by many, as it was the number 27 Ferrari - once belonging to the famous Gilles Villeneuve at his much loved home Grand Prix. Schumacher gave Alesi a lift back to the pits after Alesi's car ran out of fuel just before the Pits Hairpin.
The 1997 Canadian Grand Prix was stopped early due to a crash involving Olivier Panis. He was sidelined for nine races and some see it as a turning point in the career of the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix winner.
In 1999, the final corner of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve became well-known for crashes involving former World Champions. Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all crashed into the same wall which had the slogan Bienvenue au Québec (Welcome to Quebec in English) on it. The wall became ironically known as the "Wall of Champions". The wall also was involved in a crash with Ricardo Zonta, who was, at the time, the reigning FIA GT sports car champion. In recent years, GP2 Champion Nico Rosberg and CART Champion Juan Pablo Montoya have also fallen victim to the wall.
In 2001, there was the first sibling 1-2 finish in the history of Formula 1, as Ralf and Michael Schumacher topped the podium. The Schumacher brothers would finish 1-2 in the 2003 edition as well. 2001 was also noted for Jean Alesi achieving Prost's best finish of the season; he celebrated his fifth place by doing several donuts in his vehicle, and throwing his helmet into the crowd.
The 2007 race was the site of rookie Lewis Hamilton's first win. On lap 67, Takuma Sato overtook the McLaren-Mercedes's Fernando Alonso, to cheers around the circuit, just after overtaking Ralf Schumacher and having overtaken Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen earlier in the race. The race saw Sato move from the middle of the grid to the back of the pack and to a high of fifth before a pit-stop error caused him to move back to eleventh. Sato he fought up 5 places in the field in the last 15 laps to finish sixth. Sato was voted "Driver of the Day" on the ITV website over Lewis Hamilton's first win.
In the weeks leading up the Grand Prix, city officials trap as many groundhogs as they can in and around the race course, and transport the animals to nearby Ile Ste-Helene. Nonetheless, in 2007, a groundhog disrupted the practice session of Ralf Schumacher. On race day itself, Anthony Davidson had been running in third until he struck a groundhog, initially thought to be a beaver, which forced him to pit and repair the damage to his front wing.
Fri 06 June 2008
Friday Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Friday Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30
Sat 07 June 2008
Saturday Practice 10:00 - 11:00
Sun 08 June 2008
All times are local times (GMT-4)
01 Lewis Hamilton 38
02 Kimi Räikkönen 35
03 Felipe Massa 34
04 Robert Kubica 32
05 Nick Heidfeld 20
06 Heikki Kovalainen 15
07 Mark Webber 15
08 Fernando Alonso 9
09 Jarno Trulli 9
10 Nico Rosberg 8
11 Kazuki Nakajima 7
12 Sebastian Vettel 4
13 Jenson Button 3
14 Rubens Barrichello 3
01 Ferrari 69
02 McLaren-Mercedes 53
03 BMW Sauber 52
04 Williams-Toyota 15
05 Red Bull-Renault 15
06 Toyota 9
07 Renault 9
08 STR-Ferrari 6
09 Honda 6
10 Force India-Ferrari 0
Best Times Last Race (2007)
Best times set during the race weekend.
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Fastest lap 1:15.486
Fastest lap driver Lewis Hamilton
Fastest lap team McLaren-Mercedes
Session Qualifying (Q2)
Sector 1 time 21.110 seconds
Sector 1 driver Fernando Alonso
Sector 1 team McLaren-Mercedes
Sector 2 time 24.016 seconds
Sector 2 driver Lewis Hamilton
Sector 2 team McLaren-Mercedes
Sector 3 time 30.255 seconds
Sector 3 driver Fernando Alonso
Sector 3 team McLaren-Mercedes
Combined best lap 1:15.381
Best sector times of races are unavailable, the sector times presented are the fastest ones of those that are available and may not represent the fastest times during the weekend.
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Local time: EDT (UTC - 4 Hours)
Western European Times (UK etc.): CEST - 1 Hour
Eastern European Times (Finland etc.): CEST + 1 Hour
Session CEST EDT Stream / Channel
Friday 6th June
F1 Friday Practice 1 16:00-17:30 10:00-11:30 ITV
F1 Friday Practice 2 20:00-21:30 14:00-15:30 Several Available (See Streams)
Saturday 7th June
F1 Saturday Practice 16:00-17:00 10:00-11:00 See Streams
F1 Qualifying 19:00 13:00 Several Available (See Streams)
Sunday 8th June
F1 Race (58 Laps) 19:00 13:00 Several Available (See Streams)
Notes: Times are only listed in CEST and EDT (Europe and US)
Check these sites for weather updates, 5-10 day forecast:
Programs used: Sopcast, TVU Player, PPMate, TV Ants
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CHANNEL STREAM STREAM ID TYPE FP1 FP2 FP3 Qualifying Race
ITV ITV Web N/A Flash - Web based X X X X
SpeedTV Wheels N/A TVU Player X X X
Star Sports Star Sports 10005 TVU Player X X
Star Sports N/A PPMate X X
CCTV5 CCTV5 10007 TVUPlayer X
CCTV5 6002 SopCast X
RTL RTL Web N/A MMS - Web based X X
Eurosport France Eurosport (?) N/A TVAnts X X X
ITV, Wheels, Star Sports TVU, Star Sports PPMate, CCTV 5 SopCast, CCTV 5 TVU, CCTV 5 TVAnts, CCTV 5 PPMate, RTL
The streams listed above should work. ITV and RTL are only available have an IP from the respective country (UK and Germany), use of a proxy will get around this. Eurosport France airs all the pratice sessions, but it's not known if a stream is available as it were last year. There may be a SopCast stream for FP3, check the schedule for details.
Live Timing for all sessions, requires Java & account on F1.com:
http://www.formula1.com/services/live_t ... popup.html
Free Pratice 1
Free Pratice 2
Free Pratice 3
Wikipedia - Canadian Grand Prix
The Official Formula 1 Website
Canadian Grand Prix Official Website
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