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Montreal Grand Prix: this weekend it also rains in the new paddocks

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The pouring rain played a bad trick on the structures that hosted the Canadian Grand Prix … even in the building delivered in 2019 at a cost of $ 60 million in public funds.

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This is the observation made by international racing broadcasters, including RDS and Sky Sports, when their studio was flooded after heavy showers Thursday through Saturday.

“The water came in abundantly through the top of the wall and through the window joints, explained a source dismayed at the damage. The carpet was completely soaked, making the space unusable ”.

Quickly, the technicians had to protect their equipment when the waves came out. Subsequently, the teams moved the studios to vacant adjacent rooms.

A month ago, our Bureau of Investigation revealed that the brand new paddocks on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit had serious water infiltration and drainage problems.


Among other things, we had to hastily caulk the window of one of the premises, which had to be evacuated and closed after the rain on Friday and Saturday.

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Among other things, we had to hastily caulk the window of one of the premises, which had to be evacuated and closed after the rain on Friday and Saturday.

Two big problems

Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) then commissioned the engineering consultancy Groupe IRC.

The newspaper they got their hands on their report, in which the experts had identified the two main problems, namely the poor waterproofing of the roof which causes water infiltration into the building and runoff on the internal facing.

The contractor in charge of the project, the Geyser Group, raised the issue during construction in 2018. It is important to remember that Geyser filed a $ 10.3 million lawsuit last year against the SPJD, for unpaid bills.

Yet despite the legal debates, the problem is not solved. According to the stories, water continued to seep into the building during the busiest week of the year.


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According to data from Environment Canada, Thursday’s thunderstorms dumped 39.6mm of rain over the greater Montreal area.


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On Friday and Saturday in Montreal, 7.6 and 3.6 mm of rain fell respectively, while free practice and qualifying took place under the fleet.

It is better to laugh …

Formula 1 has even posted a funny video on its Twitter account, showing a vehicle driving through the completely flooded pit lane. The SPJD had again repaired this box line in the past few weeks.

Still boasting the exceptional organization of his event, race organizer and facility landlord, François Dumontier, and the Octane group did not answer our calls yesterday.

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