2014 Canadian Grand Prix

Experience the 2014 F1 GP in Montreal

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

Montreal GPQuebec’s largest city, Montreal is full of surprises. Its winters are chilly, its summers warm and its people are even warmer. This multicultural metropolis has a bohemian vibe to it; everyone is made to feel welcome here, regardless of where they’re from or what they’re into. Montreal loves its music, lives for its festivals and adores its arts scene. Spend a few days here and you’ll soon start to reciprocate.

At the start of June, Montreal’s attention turns to the Gilles-Villeneuve racing circuit, a strip of asphalt encircled by water on all sides. This distinctive track has been the home of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix since 1978. Following the tragic death of French Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve, the course was renamed in his honour. Take a trip to the Canadian Grand Prix and you’ll get to experience one of the world’s most unusual racing circuits in one of the world’s most unusual cities.

2014 Canadian Grand Prix: everything you need to know


2014 Canadian Grand Prix: setting 2014 Canadian Grand Prix: setting

The Montreal circuit is located in an area of the city called Parc Jean-Drapeau. The island upon which it’s built is a man-made affair, originally constructed for Expo 67. Half of the track, from the hairpin turn all the way to the pit area, follows the Bassin olympique. This rectangular basin was constructed for the rowing and canoeing events at the 1976 Summer Olympics. The course record, incidentally, was set by Ralf Schumacher in 2004.

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2014 Canadian Grand Prix: ticketing 2014 Canadian Grand Prix: ticketing

The cheapest tickets for the Canadian Grand Prix, which are classified as general admission briefs, are available for the whole weekend or for individual days. Grandstand tickets are also available for the whole weekend, while children under 11 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. The grandstands are situated opposite the pit area and at opposing ends of the long, narrow track. Corporate packages can also be purchased.

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2014 Canadian Grand Prix: weekend schedule 2014 Canadian Grand Prix: weekend schedule

The first Formula One practice session is scheduled for 10am on Friday 6 June, with the afternoon session commencing at 2pm. The third and final practice will run from 10-11am the following day. Qualifying starts at 1pm on Saturday 7, with the race itself starting at 2pm on Sunday and running for 70 laps of the 4.36km course.

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2014 Canadian Grand Prix: entertainment 2014 Canadian Grand Prix: entertainment

Montreal is a city that likes to have a good time; many seasoned Canadian travellers proclaim it to be their favourite city for nightlife. Alcohol is cheap and plentiful, with relaxed licensing laws enabling most bars to stay open till 3am. During the 2014 Grand Prix it will be the height of summer, when Montreal’s drinkers can be found hanging out on terraces, patios and decks in bars and venues across the city. Grab a glass and join in the fun.

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2014 Canadian Grand Prix: food and drink 2014 Canadian Grand Prix: food and drink

When hunger pangs set in, Montreal presents no shortage of options. The more elegant cafés and bistros can be found at St-Laurent and St-Denis. Busier, but still deserving of your time and money, is Vieux-Montreal; Mechant Boeuf serves great steaks and ribs with skinny fries, though for its rooftop view alone, Suite 701 deserves a notable mention. Unsure what you fancy? Ask the locals for advice – they’re invariably happy to chip in with personal recommendations. Who needs a guidebook when there are so many friendly faces willing to point you in the right direction?

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Montreal GP image 1 © inottawa
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Montreal nightlife image © justinknabb
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