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Montreal (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a motor racing circuit. Formerly named ‘ Île Notre-Dame Circuit’, it was renamed in honor of Canadian Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve, father of Jacques Villeneuve, following his death in 1982.

Barriers run close to the circuit and many experienced drivers have been caught out by them. A particularly famous part of the circuit is the wall on the outside of the exit of the final chicane before the start/finish straight.

News, Updates and Rumors

Montreal Screenshots: Check out these early released screenshots of Montreal, currently under development by iRacing. iRacing has confirmed that Kansas Speedway will be the next track released, and that both Montreal and Bathurst are in development following Kansas. No word yet on a time frame for release. Facebook 2/8

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Montreal (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve): iRacing has completed scanning Montreal. This track is currently rumored to be in the works following Interlagos. No official word yet. View First Scan Screenshot 12/28

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Configurations

There is a slight right kink before turn 1, hard braking before the apex, downshifting leading to Turn 2. Turn 2 (Virage Senna) is a slow right-hander and a late apex can be useful for a good exit. Turns 3 and 4 are quite tricky – a good line is key – riding curbs and going within inches of the wall is important for a fast time. The chicane itself is a right-left turn. Turn 4 is a flat-out right hander which leads to turns 6 and 7. Again, a good line is vital and the curbs need to be ridden well here. It is a left-right chicane that leads onto the backstraight. Turns 8 and 9 make up yet another chicane, and are very similar to turns 3 and 4 – a right-left – where cars run as close to the barrier as possible to maximize exit speed. Turn 10 (L’Epingle) is a tight right-hand hairpan and taking a “V” line can be good to maximize speed down the following straight. Turns 13 and 14 are perhaps the most famous corners at the circuit – yet another chicane that requires curb use and a line that takes you close to the wall, the corners are well known for catching out many drivers on the exit wall named the “Wall of Champions”. To avoid this, you have to make sure you don’t clout the curbs too hard and if you feel like you are going to understeer into one, take to the escape road. The turns themselves, a right-left chicane, come after a heavy braking zone.

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