Montreal is a fascinating city, where North America takes on European charms. It is no wonder Canada's cultural hub is the perfect fit for a Formula 1 weekend in the heart of the European season. It is also a very convenient location where both French and English are widely spoken.
This popular grand prix enjoys a brilliant party atmosphere which is reminiscent to that of Melbourne, Singapore or Austin. There is a real buzz in Montreal during the F1 weekend, with plenty to do and see on Crescent St, where fan gatherings take place day and night.
Clockwise from the top left corner: grandstands 21, 21a, 15, 24, 22 and 34 - Image: Sauber Motorsport AG
The F1 races at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are generally quite entertaining. Jenson Button's win from the back in 2011, the durable Bridgestone tyres degrading very quickly in 2010, a pitlane pile up allowing Robert Kubica to win for BMW-Sauber in 2008 and Super Aguri's great form in 2007 with Takuma Sato overtaking McLaren's Fernando Alonso, etc.
Support races include the Ferrari Challenge, the Porsche GT3 Cup, the CTCC and Formula Tour 1600.
Being the home of British motorsport, there is more to Silverstone than just the F1 weekend. The opening round World Endurance Championship (WEC) is the perfect occasion to soak up the atmosphere of a premier motorsport event that is as spectator friendly as it gets.
During the weekend, the teams and drivers are accessible to all as the paddock is kept open for the duration of the event. It is a great opportunity to see factory teams such as Audi Sport, Toyota Racing or even Aston Martin Racing in the thick of the action. You may also get the chance to bump into former F1 drivers (Kamui Kobayashi, Bruno Senna, Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld and Vitantonio Luizzi to name a few) or Le Mans legends (Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Alex Wurz, etc).
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The weekend is also unbelievable value for money. WEC tickets cost a fraction of what you'd normally pay for F1 and give you access to all grandstands open on that day to watch the cars from a different angle. Corporate hospitality packs a lot of bang for your buck too.