Plan your weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the 2021 Canadian Grand Prix on June 11-13. Access, schedule and trackside tips.
This guide will be fully updated when the on-track schedule is announced, normally around 1 month before the race. weekend.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve offers an excellent, well-organized trackside experience. The circuit is easily accessible by metro from downtown Montreal, the atmosphere is friendly and the park setting is the perfect backdrop for a weekend of Formula 1. Much like Albert Park in Melbourne, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on the site of a city park. Spread over two islands in the St Lawrence seaway, Parc Jean-Drapeau was the site of the World Expo in 1967 and several structures remain, including the distinctive biosphere dome, now home to an environmental museum and La Ronde Amusement Park. The park and its attractions are well worth exploring if you have time before or after the race weekend.
- You are allowed to bring food, beer, and other drinks into the circuit, as long as there is no glass. Foldable chairs are also allowed in General Admission. Click here for the current list of prohibited items and general entry requirements.
- Gates are normally open at 8am on Friday and 7:30am on the weekend (TBC for 2021) but if you have a reserved seat in a grandstand, you can afford to stay in bed a little longer as there is nothing on track until around 9am each day and you won’t have to beat the crowds in general admission to find a good vantage point.
- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on an island and is accessed via several bridges (see circuit map). If you are seated in the Grandstands around the hairpin or Grandstand 33, it’s best to enter the track by the Pont du Cosmos, close to the biosphere (the distinctive dome inside the track). This brings you to the outside of the circuit close to grandstand 21. If you are in Grandstand 31 or any of the grandstands around the start or on the Senna curve, then you are best entering the track using the Pont des Îles, which goes to the inside of the track, across from Grandstand 31.
Canadian Grand Prix Schedule
The Canadian Grand Prix schedule includes more than 6 hours of F1 action, including three practice sessions, qualifying and the main event. Other series that normally support the Canadian Grand Prix weekend include F1600:, Ferrari Challenge and the Porsche Cup. The schedule below is from 2019 and is for information purposes only.
Open House: The Canadian Grand Prix weekend begins on Thursday from 09:00-12:00 with an “Open House.” The circuit and pit lane is open on Thursday morning – anyone can attend, you do not need to bring your tickets. This is a great chance to walk a lap of the track or check out the pits area as the teams get the cars ready for Friday’s sessions. An autograph session with the F1 drivers will also be held in the pit lane during the Open House.
- 08:55 – 09:15: Ferrari Challenge practice session
- 10:00 – 11:30: Formula 1 practice session (FP1)
- 11:55 – 12:35: Porsche Cup Challenge practice session
- 14:00 – 15:30: Formula 1 practice session (FP2)
- 15:55 – 16:25: F1600 practice session
- 16:50 – 17:10: Ferrari Challenge practice session 2
- 17:35 – 18:15: Porsche Cup Challenge qualifying session
- 09:00 – 09:30: F1600 qualifying session
- 09:40 – 10:05: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
- 11:00 – 12:00: Formula 1 practice session (FP3)
- 12:20 – 12:50: Ferrari Challenge qualifying session
- 14:00 – 15:00: Formula 1 qualifying session
- 15:30 – 16:00: Ferrari Challenge first race
- 16:30 – 17:00: Porsche Cup Challenge first race
- 17:35 – 18:05: Formula Tour 1600 first race
- 09:15 – 09:45: F1600 second race
- 10:15 – 10:45: Porsche Cup Challenge second race
- 11:15 – 11:45: Ferrari Challenge second race
- 12:00 – 12:20: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
- 12:30 – 13:00: Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade
- 13:00 – 13:15: Formula 1 Starting Grid Presentation
- 14:10 – 16:10: Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: Amenities & Entertainment
- As with most F1 circuits, the quality of food on offer at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is generally poor and the prices are high. For typical fast food fare such as a slice of pizza or a hotdog, expect to pay from around $5 CAD – there are some pricier options as well. Food stands are placed within the vicinity of most grandstands.
- Merchandise outlets are dotted around the track, with the largest selection to be found in the stretch between Grandstand 21 and 31. Expect to pay around $90 CAD for most F1 team shirts, with the cheapest t-shirts starting from $50 CAD. There are also merchandise outlets, as well as promotional displays from various companies in the centre of the circuit close to the Budweiser stage, which provides music and entertainment all weekend.
- There are plenty of toilets at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – both portable and permanent park facilities. Apart from peak times over the weekend, queues are not excessive.