After missing two editions because of the pandemic, Formula 1 returns to Canada on the circuit named after Gilles Villeneuve, with this year the 40th anniversary of his death. The track is on Notre-Dame Island which was artificially made in 1965 on the Saint Lawrence River when the Montreal underground railway was being built.
According to Brembo engineers, it is one of the most demanding circuits for brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it is rated 4 on the difficulty index, the same as the Baku track which was the race venue a week ago. The braking points which are very sharp and close together subject the brake system to a lot of stress with the brake discs and pads reaching very high temperatures which are however reduced by a number of long straight sections which give the components a rest and allow them to cool down.