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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.

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

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.

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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.


Canadian Grand Prix



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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 Championships be sold out, but hotels show an occupancy rate never before achieved 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 well underway 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. “


Canadian Grand Prix



Photo Martin Chevalier

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 went on sale, Dumontier said, this clientele has surprisingly increased 3% compared to 2019”.

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


Canadian Grand Prix



Photo Martin Chevalier

The news took a long time 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,” said Dumontier. But first we had to get the green light from the International Automobile Federation [FIA] regarding 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 probably not have a chance to get close to them.

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