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On an island made for leisure, in the middle of the mighty St Lawrence Seaway, sits one of Formula 1’s greatest tracks.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is no Spa or Suzuka, but its combination of slippery surface, big braking zones and close-in perimeter walls provides a tough challenge for the drivers and, quite often, a thrilling spectacle.

The track is on the Ile Notre Dame, built for Expo ’67, and some of the futuristic buildings created for that festival remain. As does the rowing lake from the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

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