Canadian Grand Prix, Scuderia Toro Rosso

#12Strangefacts about Canada

June 8, 2017

Only a few weeks ago, when F1 rocked up in Barcelona, everyone was talking about the "start of the European season." So how come this week we're in Canada?!?! Here are a further 12 STRange facts about Canada in the year of our STR12 car.


1. 30% of Canada is made up of forest

2. There is a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) Landing Pad, which was built in 1967 located in St Paul, Alberta

3. The province of Alberta is also home to cartoon character Wolverine,

4. Montreal is the 2nd largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris (that's Paris, France, not Paris, Texas.)

5. Kanata is Iroquois for village, Jacques Cartier, the French explorer who claimed Canada for France in the sixteenth century, thought it was the name of the country

6. You probably know that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on a man-made island, but did you know that the city of Montreal itself is a 30 mile long island and it is linked to the mainland by one tunnel and 15 bridges?

7. Montreal was the site of the first ice hockey game ever to be held indoors, on 3 March 1875.

8. There's more to Montreal than the bits you see. Much of the action in the city takes place below ground with a complex labyrinth housing shopping malls, museums, part of the city's museum, even hotels, banks and offices, all served by seven metro stations. Why? To say it gets cold in winter here is an understatement.

9. Jacob Schick, the man who invented the electric razor is buried in Montreal's Mont Royal cemetery. Plenty of F1 drivers have had a close shave of a different kind at the race track.

10. Montreal is famous for hosting Expo 67, reckoned to be the most successful World Fair. Links with France are naturally close and in 1960, the Montreal Mayor started talks to bring the actual Eiffel Tower to the city for the Expo. It never happened!

11. France's Jacques Laffite won the 1981 race here starting from 10th on the grid. No one has ever won from further back than that.

12. The 2011 Canadian Grand Prix is officially the longest GP of all time as it took Jenson Button over four hours (4h 4m 39.537s to be precise) to take the chequered flag after a mid-race rain stop of almost 2 hours.