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MONTRÉAL, ÎLE NOTRE-DAME (GILLES VILLENEUVE)
Not to be confused with Montréal, Île Ste-Hélène - Montréal, Parc Olympique
Description  
Location Île Notre-Dame, Montréal
QC - Québec - Eastern Canada
Location  
Latitude - Longitude + 45°30'05"     - 73°31'22"
45.501389     -73.522778
UTM Coordinates X = 615407.586  -  Y = 5039712.093  -  Zone 18T
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) MapQuest
Altitude AMSL 7 m - 23 ft
Inauguration September 24th 1978
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English (page 122)Author: Peter Higham, Bruce Jones - Published by: Andre Deutsch - year: 1999 - ISBN: 0-233-99619-2
Description
(2) English
(3) English ForumForum --> Chat in English --> Aerials of circuits [ENG]
(4) Italian English ForumForum --> North America --> Canada --> CAN Montréal - Île Notre-Dame - Gilles Villeneuve [ITA ENG]
(5) English misc.thefullwiki.org/Circuit_Gilles_Villeneuve
(6) English www.manipef1.com/tracks/montreal
(7) English www.molsonindy.com/montreal_en/tickets/track.htmlOfficial website Cart race, 2002
(8) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(9) Italian Autosprint 45/1968 (page 43)A street circuit on an island on Saint Lawrence River?
(10) Italian Autosprint 28/1978 (page 16)
(11) Italian Autosprint 41/1978 (page 1)
(12) Italian Autosprint 36/1979 (page 54)1979 changes
(13) Italian Autosprint 24/1984 (page 7)Uncertain future
(14) Italian Autosprint 23/1991 (page 46)Length of the new layout
(15) Italian Rombo 23/1991 (page 25)Map that shows subdivision of intermediate sectors
(16) Italian Autosprint 23/1994 (page 40)Proposal May 1994
(17) Italian Autosprint 25/1996 (page 36)
(18) Italian Autosprint 9/2000 (page 16)FIA changes measuring measuring system: new official lenght
(19) Italian Autosprint 24/2005 (page 33)

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

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Circuit Île Notre-Dame
Description Already in 1976 there were rumors for moving F.1 GP to Montréal. This is first proposal dated summer 1978 for Île Notre Dame street circuit, inaugurated (with a slightly different layout) by F.1 on October 7th 1978.
Years 1978
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update July 1978
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4587  m 15048  ft 2.85  mi   (8)
length (approx) 4600  m 15092  ft 2.858  mi Approximated length (10)
length 4224  m 13858  ft 2.625  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Île Notre-Dame
Description Street circuit inaugurated on September 24th and used for Canadian F.1 GP on October 7th 1978. Following years it has been slightly modified.
Years 1978
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration September 24th 1978
Closing October 7th 1978
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4500  m 14764  ft 2.796  mi   (11)
length 4457  m 14623  ft 2.77  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Île Notre-Dame (Gilles Villeneuve)
Description Bends 2-3 and 13-14 have been changed (see details). This circuits was named after Gilles Villeneuve few days after his death (occurred on May 8th 1982), before 1982 GP (held on June 13th 1982).
Years 1979÷1986
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration 1979
Closing 1986
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4410  m 14469  ft 2.74  mi   (12)
length 4439  m 14564  ft 2.758  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Description Compared to the previous layout, pits and start/finish line have been moved and a new starting straight was created by removing a kink
Years 1988÷1990
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration 1988
Closing 1990
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4390  m 14403  ft 2.728  mi   (6)
length 4436  m 14554  ft 2.756  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Description Compared to the previous layout, surely last chicane is changed (the one that since 1999 is famous because at its exit there is the Champions Wall). Moreover, the circuit has been extended of 40 m - 131 ft, but I have no more details. I can suppose that no more changes have been made, but tha track has been remeasured usinga new criterion, or that the track was changed somewhere else (maybe as usual at the hairpin, the last before pits used up to 1986), even if no sources report anything about.
Years 1991÷1993, 1995
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration 1991
Closing 1995
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4430  m 14534  ft 2.753  mi   (8)
length 4430  m 14534  ft 2.753  mi   (6)
length 4439  m 14564  ft 2.758  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Description Proposal for slowing down the track proposed after Senna’s death (May 1st 1994) and before F.1 Canada GP, held on June 12nd 1994. The chicane should have to use the pit lane used until 1986. The circuit has really been modified, but not in such a way
Years 1994
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update May 1994
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4384  m 14383  ft 2.724  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Description After arguments about Senna’s death, a tyre chicane was added using the place where up to 1986 there was the exit of pit lane
Years 1994
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration June 10th 1994
Closing June 12th 1994
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4450  m 14600  ft 2.765  mi   (8)
length 4449  m 14596  ft 2.765  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Description The kink after the old pit exit was replaced by a new long straight. The wall at the exit of thelast chicane after 1999 F.1 Canadian GP was nicknamed "Wall of Champions", because in that race three F.1 world championship (Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve) and Ricardo Zonta (1998 FIA GT Champion) hit it and they had to retired. Funny that the wall has on it the slogan Bienvenue au Québec ("Welcome to Quebec")
Years 1996÷2001
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration 1996
Closing 2001
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4421  m 14505  ft 2.747  mi Official track length until 1999 (in 2000 FIA changed measuring system) (17)
length 4421  m 14505  ft 2.747  mi Official track length from 2000, when FIA changed measuring system (track unchanged) (18)
length 4427  m 14524  ft 2.751  mi Temporary track length (beginning of 2000), when FIA was changing measuring system (track unchanged) (18)
length 4434  m 14547  ft 2.755  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Description New pit exit, the hairpin was shortened and the Champions Wall "Welcome to Québec" (at the last chicane, just before finish line) was moved.
In 2005 the circuit was repaved and at last chicanes curbs and run-off aread were modified
Years 2002÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration 2002
Closing  
Last update of this page July 17th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4361  m 14308  ft 2.71  mi   (8)
length 4370  m 14337  ft 2.715  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (2)

Montréal: comparison between different circuits and layouts

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Montréal, Circuit Île Notre-Dame: summer 1978 proposal

Montréal, Circuit Île Notre-Dame: summer 1978 proposal

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Montréal, Circuit Île Notre-Dame: 1978 layout

Montréal, Circuit Île Notre-Dame: 1978 layout

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Montréal, Circuit Île Notre-Dame (Gilles Villeneuve): 1979÷1986 layout

Montréal, Circuit Île Notre-Dame (Gilles Villeneuve): 1979÷1986 layout

Montréal, Circuit Île Notre-Dame (Gilles Villeneuve): 1979÷1986 layout

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Montréal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: 1988÷1990 layout

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Montréal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: 1991÷1993 and 1995 layout

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Montréal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: May 1994 proposal (not developed)

Montréal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: May 1994 proposal (not developed)

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Montréal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: 1994 layout

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Montréal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: 1996÷2001 layout

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Montréal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: 2002÷... layout

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Location: + 45°30'05", - 73°31'22"
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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
July 17th 2011     Guido de Carli Roelard Smit Roelard Smit Update Description with map
July 16th 2011     Guido de Carli Roelard Smit Roelard Smit Update Description with map
June 13th 2011 Circuit Île Notre-Dame 1978 Guido de Carli   Cri Update Description
December 13th 2007 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 2002÷... Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 12th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
December 20th 2004 Circuit Île Notre-Dame 1978 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Map
December 27th 2003 Circuit Île Notre-Dame (Gilles Villeneuve) 1979÷1986 Guido de Carli     Update Description
September 27th 2003 Circuit Île Notre-Dame 1978 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
August 7th 2002     Guido de Carli     New Description without map
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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