Grand Prix Weekend 2019

June 7th, 2019

This week we present the second half of our coverage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. Part 1, which listed Grand Prix-related parties, is available here: Part 2 lists the race schedule and a roundup of street parties and other festivities.


The schedule below is official, but may yet change without notice. The most reliable source of information is the official website,, which provides updates on most social media, including Facebook (, Twitter (, and on Radio Grand Prix at 99.1 FM and 104.3 FM.

Friday, June 7
8:00 a.m.: Venue opens to the public
8:55 a.m.—9:15 a.m.: Ferrari Challenge | Free Practice Session
10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.: Formula 1 | 1st Free Practice Session
11:55 a.m.—12:35 p.m.: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | Free Practice Session
12:45 p.m.—1:15 p.m.: Pirelli Hot Laps
2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.: Formula 1 | 2nd Free Practice Session
3:55 p.m.—4:25 p.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | Free Practice Session
4:50 p.m.—5:10 p.m.: Ferrari Challenge | 2nd Free Practice Session
5:35 p.m.—6:15 p.m.: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | Qualifying Session
7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.: “The Grand Walk” on the track | A benefit for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Saturday, June 8
7:30 a.m.: Venue opens to the public
8:00 a.m.: Formula 1 | Teams’ Pit Stops Practice
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | Qualifying Session
9:40 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.: Formula 1 | Pirelli Hot Laps
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Formula 1 | 3rd Free Practice Session
12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.: Ferrari Challenge | Qualifying Session
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Formula 1 | Qualifying Session
3:25 p.m.: Ferrari Challenge | Access to the track and pit lane
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Ferrari Challenge | 1st race including formation lap
4:00 p.m.: Ferrari Challenge | Podium Presentation
4:25 p.m.: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | Access to the track and pit lane
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | 1st race including formation lap
5:00 p.m.: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | Podium Presentation
5:30 p.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | Access to the track and pit lane
5:35 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | 1st race including formation lap
6:05 p.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | Podium Presentation

Sunday, June 9
7:30 a.m.: Site opens to the public
9:10 a.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | Access to the track and pit lane
9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | 2nd race including formation lap
9:45 a.m.: Formula Tour 1600 | Podium Presentation
10:10 a.m.: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | Access to the track and pit lane
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | 2nd race including formation lap
10:45 a.m. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge | Podium Presentation
11:10 a.m.: Ferrari Challenge | Access to the track and pit lane
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Ferrari Challenge | 2nd race including formation lap
11:45 a.m.: Ferrari Challenge | Podium Presentation
12:00 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.: Pirelli Hot Laps
12:30 p.m.: Formula 1 | Drivers’ Parade
1 p.m.: Formula 1 | Starting Grid Presentation
1:30 p.m.: Formula 1 | Pit Lane Opening and Grid Formation
1:54 p.m.: Canadian National Anthem
2:10 P.M.: FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2019 | Formation Lap & Start for 70 laps or 120 minutes


Grand Prix Site Zones
The track has three new terraces this year, each with its own theme. The Mexican-themed Bassin Terrace is located beside the Olympic Basin. You will find the Italian-themed Senna Terrace in the Senna corner; it is exclusive to Grandstand 1, 11, 12 and Platine Grandstand ticket holders. And finally, the chic, elegant Terrace 21 is located trackside, near the hairpin. All three terraces have a large screen, food and drink service, and other amenities. Admission tickets are sold for one day or the whole week end.
The Grand Walk charity returns this year for the second time, and proceeds will once again benefit the Heart + Stroke Foundation. The walk will take place on Friday, June 7, on the race track between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. This is one of the few opportunities to experience the track up close. Ticket holders for the Grand Walk will receive a free Grandstand 47 ticket for Friday, June 7, 2019.

Formule Peel
Peel Street comes alive during the Grand Prix like no other time of the year. Between René-Lévesque Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street, the street will be reserved for pedestrians from June 6 to 9 for Formule Peel Montreal. Music, great food, fashion and exotic cars are on the menu. The Formule Peel Paddock terrace, located between Sainte-Catherine and de Maisonneuve, will be the centre of the action. A dozen restaurants, including Ferreira Café and Chez Alexandre, will open street terraces where you can enjoy drinks and a meal with people watching.

Festival Grand Prix sur Crescent
Crescent Street will be another downtown Grand Prix hotspot with the 20th edition of its Festival Grand Prix sur Crescent from June 6 to 8. The street will be closed to motor vehicles between Ste-Catherine and Sherbrooke Streets, and De Maisonneuve Boulevard will also be reserved for pedestrians between Bishop Street and De la Montagne Street. The festival’s main stage will feature nightly live concerts and DJ performances. Freddie James Project is slated for Friday night, and the Boogie Wonder Band will perform on Saturday. A detailed program of musical events is posted on the festival website. The stage will also host autograph sessions by race car drivers. Restaurant terraces, racing simulators, car shows, pit stop challenges and other events are scheduled.

Vivere Grand Prix
In Little Italy, Saint-Laurent Boulevard is closed during the Grand Prix to allow nearly 250,000 visitors to take part in festivities organized by local merchants and the Italian community. Children’s entertainment, terraces, street food, shopping, a car show and several other events add up to a lively celebration of Formula 1.


On Thursday, Israeli DJ Guy Gerber will perform with resident Laurence Matte; on Friday, IN: FLUENCE takes over with Drake’s official DJ: DJ Spade, London DJ Aik, and official F1 Paddock club DJ Donald Lauture. On Saturday, ZOOBOIS will feature Montrealer Thomas H. Finally on Sunday, a Grand Prix Closing Party will serve supper from 7 to 11 p.m., followed by a party at the club till 3 a.m., with 4Korners, Thomas H., Nico de Andrea, and a special guest DJ.
Info: 1106 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West | 514 564-3672 |

Nacarat Bar
Glam rock meets the 21st century. Great cocktails, a BBQ and DJs JojoFlores, Toddy Flores and others. The terrace is open till Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. Festivities continue through the night, downstairs at the Nacarat bar. For group reservations and bottle service, contact
Info: Hôtel Fairmont Reine Elizabeth — 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West | 514 954-2872 |

In a concept from Guy Laliberté, several DJs will spin tracks in the new PY1 Pyramid of the Old Port’s Clocktower Pier, with lasers, projections, and special effects deployed by more than 70 artists.

La Voûte
On Thursday, international DJ Claptone performs for the Grand Prix Opening Party. On Friday, there will be sets by Dragon-i from Hong-Kong and DJ Rémy Kersten; on Saturday, Jimmy’z Monte Carlo and DJ Carmine Sorrentino will perform. La Voûte will host Montreal’s CODE 20 party on Sunday, June 9. The CODE 20 is a series of avant-garde events taking place at top venues around the world during the Grand Prix.
Info: 360 Saint-Jacques Street West, VS201 | 514 679-9360 |

New City Gas
On Friday, Tyga; and on Saturday Benny Benassi + Chantel Jeffries + 88 GLAM.
Info: 950 Ottawa Street | 514 879-1166 |

These restaurants will focus on the Grand Prix this weekend:

Ferreira Café: 1446 Peel Street | 514 848-0988 |
Tiradito: 1076 de Bleury Street | 514 866-6776 |
Bar George: 1440 Drummond Street | 514 669-9243 |
Chez Alexandre: 1454 Peel Street | 514 288-5105 |
Sir Winston Churchill Pub: 1459 Crescent Street | 514 288-3814 |
Milsa: 1476 Crescent Street | 514 985-0777 |