Check the Canadian Grand Prix session times, circuit facts, weather report and support races for the Formula 1 event in Montreal.

The Canadian Grand Prix is finally back on track in Montreal. After three long years, Formula 1 returns to the Parc Jean-Drapeau for a race that has delivered some of the series more dramatic moments of the last decade.

Last time out, Hamilton and Vettel went at it hammer and tong for victory, with a controversial penalty stripping the German of victory. But in 2022, it will surely be Vettel’s ex-teammate at Ferrari Charles Leclerc looking to battle world champion Max Verstappen for victory.

As crowds are welcomed back to the grandstands, we’ve got all the information you need. To make sure you’re on top of all the action, including circuit maps, session times, support series, weather forecast and the latest news from the weekend, check out this guide with all the information you’ll need.

Canadian Grand Prix race preview

The Canadian Grand Prix Circuit

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

A lap through the Parc Jean-Drapeau is a quick but demanding challenge. There are opportunities for overtaking, but much of the lap requires precision at high speeds.

The first sector features a wide hairpin at turn two, with the added complexity of cars joining at higher speeds from the pit exit. This could be crucial when pit strategies come into play. The chicane at turns 3 and four is difficult to perfect, with a blind entrance and important exit to set the driver up for the next sector.

The first DES zone is between turns 7 and 8, which could be a point to overtake into the following chicane. The exit of this chicane is also crucial, as it sets up the run to the hardest braking zone. The hairpin at turn 10 is vital, and is where drivers will be looking to make an overtake at around 50mph.

A long straight with DRS follows, so expect to see a move or two, before the final chicane. This is also taken at high speeds, with oversteer often sending cars into the infamous Wall of Champions. A short third DRS zone follows to the line. If the cars are close enough out of the chicane, a move into turn 1 could be possible.

Circuit map, courtesy of Motorsport Stats

What happened at the last Canadian Grand Prix?

Canadian Grand Prix 2019

It has been a long time since Formula 1 raced in Canada, but it was a race that lives long in the memory. Sebastian Vettel took a memorable pole position on Saturday, and led the field off the line for the majority of the race.

But the major turning point came on lap 48, when Vettel oversteered across the grass at the turn 3-4 chicane. With Hamilton in hot pursuit, Vettel rejoined the track, squeezing the Mercedes against the wall. Hamilton’s team complained, and Vettel was awarded a five-second time penalty at the end of the race.

Vettel was dismayed.He didn’t pull into the podium enclosure at the end of the race, and protested by swapping the 1st and 2nd place boards in front of Hamilton’s car and the empty space where he should have left his. On the podium, Hamilton looked to pull Sebastian onto the top step, but the Brit would have been delighted to have picked up the win by default.

Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton during the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton locks up into the first corner at Baku during the second start

Canadian Grand Prix session times

The local time in Montreal is in the EDT time zone, which is four hours behind UTC. The race is set to begin at 2pm local time.

SessionDaySession time (EDT local)Session time (BST)
Free practice 1Friday14:00 – 15:0019:00 – 20:00
Free practice 2Friday17:00 – 18:0022:00 – 23:00
Free practice 3Saturday13:00 – 14:0018:00 – 19:00
QualifyingSaturday16:00 – 17:0021:00 – 22:00
Race (70 laps)Sunday14:00 – 16:0019:00 – 21:00

Canadian Grand Prix session times

Canadian Grand Prix weather report

The Canadian Grand Prix has produced one of the all-time great races in the wet. Jenson Button stopped in the pits six times on his way to victory, which he snatched on the very final lap.

Below, you will be able to see the latest weather for Montreal over the next seven days.


Race support at the Canadian Grand Prix

There is plenty of support race action at the Canadian Grand Prix, with the F-1600, Nissan Sentra Cup and Ferrari Challenge all in action.

Ruihua Wu competing in the Ferrari Challenge
Ferrari Challenge action from Sepang in 2019

Ferrari Challenge

The Ferrari Challenge North America is a series that has been running since 1994. It pits up to 40 Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo machines up against each other at America’s great race tracks. The races at Montreal will be the fourth of seven rounds this season.

SessionDaySession time (EDT)Session time (BST)
Practice sessionsFriday09:20 – 09:40
11:50 – 12:15
15:30 – 15:50
13:20 – 13:40
15:50 – 15:15
19:30 – 19:50
QualifyingSaturday08:30 – 09:0012:30 – 13:00
Race 1 (15 laps or 25′)Saturday11:15 – 11:4515:15 – 15:45
Race 2 (15 laps or 25′)Sunday11:10 – 11:4015:10 – 15:40
F2 session times at the Canadian Grand Prix

Nissan Sentra

SessionDaySession time (EDT)Session time (BST)
Practice sessionsFriday08:25 – 08:5512:25 – 12:55
QualifyingFriday10:55 – 11:2514:55 – 15:25
Race 1 (15 laps or 25′)Saturday10:20 – 10:5014:20 – 14:50
Race 2 (15 laps or 25′)Sunday10:10 – 10:4014:10 – 14:40
Nissan Sentra session times at the Canadian Grand Prix


SessionDaySession time (EDT)Session time (BST)
Practice sessionsFriday10:05 – 10:3014:05 – 14:30
QualifyingSaturday09:25 – 09:5513:25 – 13:55
Race 1 (12 laps or 25′)Saturday14:30 – 15:0018:30 – 10:00
Race 2 (15 laps or 25′)Sunday09:10 – 09:4013:10 – 13:40
F-1600 session times at the Canadian Grand Prix

How to stay up to date at the Canadian Grand Prix

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