The Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix, one of the classics of the championship and which was to be held this year on June 13, has been canceled for the second consecutive year as a result of the covid-19, as indicated on Thursday by Canadian public radio, Radio-Canada.
The The decision has been taken by the Montreal health authorities after determining that, even without the presence of the public in the stands, the celebration of the race poses a serious risk of spreading the disease because team members would be in contact with hundreds of volunteers who make the Grand Prix possible.
The restrictions imposed by the country implied that the teams were subjected to the 14 days of quarantine that Canada has imposed on all people who arrive in the country from abroad, but this was not possible because only a week before, the teams had to be competing in Azerbaijan. F1 had proposed that the sets be monitored by private medical personnel who would carry out tests on a regular basis and the organization also proposed to keep the team members in a “bubble” in hotels reserved only for the “Great Circus.”
Although at the beginning of the week, the health authorities of the province of Quebec indicated that they would accept the celebration of the race under certain conditions to reduce the risk of spreading the disease, Radio-Canada noted that Montreal has finally decided to cancel the competition.
The Quebec’s Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon told local media that holding the race this year and maintaining the security measures imposed by the health authorities would be very costly.
“Having a Grand Prix without spectators involves costs. We have to be careful not to spend too much money when that money can go to other needs so we are in negotiations with the Formula 1 authorities, “added Fitzgibbon.
Last year, In 2020, Montreal already canceled the race, which is held at the Gille-Villeneuve circuit, due to covid-19.
Now, as happened last year, the FIA will have to consider the options it has to replace the Canadian race. Among them, the possibility of returning to a track that all riders like a lot, that of Turkey, but there is also speculation with the options of Nürburgring or Hickenheim, in Germany.