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The great F1 circus is back in Montreal

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Despite a two-hour delay from the originally planned schedule, the first of eight cargo planes, a Boeing 777 in the Qatari colors, landed at Mirabel International Airport on Monday afternoon.

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For the first time since 2019, Montreal will vibrate to the rhythm of the Grand Prix du Canada, the country’s most important tourist event.


On Monday, employees unloaded a cargo plane at Mirabel carrying equipment from the Red Bull and Ferrari Formula 1 teams as preparations for the Canadian Grand Prix were well underway at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal.

Photo Martin Alarie

On Monday, employees unloaded a cargo plane at Mirabel carrying equipment from the Red Bull and Ferrari Formula 1 teams as preparations for the Canadian Grand Prix were well underway at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal.

In total, eight jumbo jets ensure the transport of the massive equipment required in Formula 1. While four of them come directly from Baku, where the Azerbaijani Grand Prix took place on Sunday, the others had to stop in Frankfurt, Germany. or in Doncaster, England.

Four land on Monday, three more will land on Tuesday, and the eighth will arrive on Wednesday just before noon.

As soon as they arrive, the planes are emptied of their contents and the equipment is then transported by truck to the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit. Each of the 10 stables on the board can carry nearly 50 tons of equipment to Montreal.


The rebirth of the city center

The enthusiasm for the Canadian Grand Prix is ​​certainly palpable just a few days before the cars first come out on the Île Notre-Dame track on Friday afternoon.

Not only will this ninth stage of the World Championship be sold out, but hotels are showing an unprecedented occupancy rate in the greater Montreal area.

“I am happy to see that the Grand Prix will contribute to the revitalization of the city center, stressed François Dumontier in an interview with Tree trunk. We realize how much Formula 1 has been missed by the public.

“The installation of the facilities is progressing well and everything will be ready in time to welcome the visit, added the President and CEO of the Grand Prix du Canada. Despite the forced break [en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19]our organization has not lost its touch. “


Foreign customers

It’s not just Quebec fans who are eager to reconnect with F1, but people from outside the province as well.

“Despite the restrictions placed on foreign travelers when tickets are on sale, Dumontier said, this clientele is surprisingly 3% higher than in 2019.”

It also indicated that around 30% of ticket holders (purchased in 2019) chose to keep them rather than ask for a refund.


Free visit to the pits

The news was slow to be confirmed, but the “Open House Day” will take place on Thursday from 9:30 to noon on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

The public will have free access to the pit lane to see the cars and mechanics at work up close.

“We were one of the first countries to organize this activity and we have always wanted to maintain this tradition, recalled Dumontier. But first we had to get the green light from the International Automobile Federation [FIA] on compliance with health protocols related to COVID-19 “.

This year, pilots are not required to be on the site on Thursday, as in previous years. If any of them are still there, the autograph hunters will likely not have a chance to get close to them.

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Formula 1, arriving next weekend in Montreal, is increasingly the subject of criticism, particularly because its Grands Prix are held in countries that violate human rights. Even some pilots have recently added their voice to the controversy. A dissidence that disturbs the circuit.

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Taken off the calendar for two years due to the pandemic, the Canadian Grand Prix could record a record attendance this weekend.

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Lewis Hamilton assures him that he will come to Montreal


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The day after a statement by Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff that his driver Lewis Hamilton could miss the Canadian Grand Prix, the principal concerned was rather reassuring.

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Here is the F1 party calendar


The week of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix is ​​back and that means the return of the holidays celebrating the event throughout the city. Here is a calendar of the most popular events where car racing fans, DJs and stars from here and elsewhere will meet.

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A tsunami of tourists, but who will welcome them?


Montreal restaurants and hotels are expecting record numbers of tourists for the F1 weekend, which is a headache for an industry that is trying by all means to fill the gaps.

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Employees come to the rescue during the Formula 1 weekend


Labor shortages have prompted employees at a group of hotels and restaurants to lend a hand to their colleagues in the field for the busy Grand Prix weekend.

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