Saturday, June 3, 2017

Canada 2017 - Formula 1

ISSUE DATE: 16 May 2017
STAMP SIZE: 26 x 32 mm

The booklet contains two stamps of each driver – who represents a different decade in the event’s history – pictured with his national flag and a graphic image of his car.

From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, Sir Jackie Stewart was an F1 superstar. He remains a household name in his native United Kingdom for his skill both behind the wheel and as a sports commentator.

Canada's own Gilles Villeneuve took the checkered flag at the first FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA in Montreal in 1978. The legendary driver was killed in a tragic accident during qualifications for the Belgian Grand Prix in May, 1982. The Montréal track was renamed Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in his honour.

Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna dominated Formula 1 racing in the mid-1980s, with 41 Grand Prix wins and three World Championships.

Prolific German racer Michael Schumacher holds nearly ever record in the book. From the 1990s to mid-2000s, he claimed seven World Championships, won 91 Grand Prix races (including seven in Canada), and made 155 podium appearances.

British racing champion Lewis Hamilton had his first F1 victory at the 2007 FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX DU CANADA. His many records include youngest driver to lead the World Championship standings and most podium finishes in a season.

So, take the pole position, because these stamps will go faster than a McLaren on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve!

Stamp images and description thanks to Canada Post