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This is only the third time in Formula One history that three teams have shared the first six races equally

Canadian Grand Prix

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Lap distance: 4.361km. Total distance: 305.270km (70 laps)

2017 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes one minute 11.459 seconds.

2017 winner: Hamilton

Race lap record: 1:13.622. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari, 2004.

RACE WINS

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have won two races each from the first six. This is only the third time in Formula One history that three teams have shared the first six races equally. The other occasions were 1987 and 1977.

ABOUT CANADA

Hamilton has won six times in Montreal (in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017), including the first of his career, and is now chasing his fourth in a row to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Canadian wins.

The Briton can also beat the record he currently shares with Schumacher of six poles in Montreal.

Fernando Alonso, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Vettel are also previous winners in Canada. Ricciardo’s first win in F1 was in Montreal in 2014. Raikkonen shares the record for fastest laps in Canada (four) with Schumacher.

Ferrari last won in Montreal, a circuit named after their late great Gilles Villeneuve, in 2004 with Schumacher.

The rain-hit Canadian Grand Prix of 2011 was Formula One’s longest race, lasting four hours, four minutes and 39.537 seconds. The safety car was deployed six times – another record.

The circuit is particularly tough on brakes, with cars slowing from 320kph to 150 in just 1.6 seconds into the ‘Wall of Champions’ chicane.

Canadian Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 in Canada last year.

MILESTONES

Ricciardo’s win in Monaco came in Red Bull’s 250th start.

Vettel can take his 50th win on Sunday.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is celebrating his 300th race entered, although it will be his 298th actual start.

McLaren are marking the 50th anniversary of the team’s first win, by founder Bruce McLaren in Belgium on June 9, 1968.

Reuters