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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  07 Jun 2014   |  4:49 pm GMT  |  6 comments

Canada will remain on the F1 calendar after it was today announced that race organisers have secured a new 10-year deal to host the race at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

It was also revealed that the new deal will see significant investment in the temporary circuit, with more than Can$30 million (€20m) set to be spent on new pit and paddock facilities and a new race control tower.

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Facilities at the track, which are hemmed un between the track and the rowing basing used for Montreal’s 1976 Olympics have been criticised in the past as lagging well behind the standard set by more modern circuits.

The race in Montreal has featured every year but two (1987 and 2009) since 1978 and is one of the most popular on the calendar, both with fans and with F1’s teams and the travelling media.

The news has been greeted very positively by F1 itself.

It is one of the best attended races of the season in terms of the spectators on circuit and is certainly among the most popular among the F1 paddock personnel. Being a race which takes place at 8pm in Europe and 7pm in the UK it plays well with the TV public, which is still 60% based in Europe.

As with the deal at Silverstone, the length of the contract gives the promoters the assurances they need to be able to raise the finance to develop the circuit. It would be hard to do that with a shorter term contract.

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Rodrigo Martins

This race track is fantastic! Let's hope we have a good race too.

2

Great news. The best RACING circuit of the year has a secure long-term future.

By the way, I love that massive TV at the hairpin!

My only slight criticism of the Montreal track is the entrance to the pit-lane: cars are coming down the back straight at 200 K, and then have to break hard for the last chicane. However, to go in the pit-lane the cars just blast straight on past the braking point..............it's a wonder there hasn't been a major shunt, hopefully for a future race the pit-lane issue can be rectified.

Otherwise, good stuff. And I bet those groundhogs will be chuffed as well! What chance one of them hitches a ride on on the safety car (assuming that V8 Merc is deployed)..............

3

Just got back from watching Quali and the support races. What a great weekend so far. As someone who has attended 21 GP's in Montreal, this news is fabulous. A redeveloped pit, race control, amenities etc... is badly needed but ironically it shows you don't need to spend $millions and $billions to get a good race track.... look at MTL!

4

I was reading on Wikipedia just yesterday, thinking that it is a disaster that Montreal has no contract for next year! Brilliant news, but just one problem. Technically 23 races are contracted for next year. Can see at least 3 of them going, but which ones?

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Shawn Andersen

Great news that F1 will keep it`s love affair with my home town. I could not be more happy.

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Shawn Andersen

All we need now is a driver to carry the flag for Canada.

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