The pandemic threatens to hold the Canadian Grand Prix for the second year in a row.
F1 leaders remain confident that they can reach the record timetable, which will have 23 stopovers in 2021.
However, in the face of a pandemic, the situation varies from country to country, and certain events (such as last year) are postponed or cancelled altogether.
It was announced in January that the first game of the season, originally scheduled to be held in Australia next week, had been postponed to November 21.
The Chinese Grand Prix originally scheduled for April 11 will not be held on the scheduled date. It will be postponed to next year. Other destinations also appear to be vulnerable, including four games scheduled to be held in the Americas (Canada, United States, Mexico and Brazil), which were deleted from last year’s calendar.
In the case of our particular interest, it is increasingly certain that the Canadian Grand Prix will not be held on June 13th.
If people rely on the comments made by Dr. Mylène Drouin, Regional Director of Public Health in Montreal, on Wednesday, “at this stage, she is unlikely to consider it in a crowded festival square.”
However, the Canadian Grand Prix is Canada’s largest tourism event and a large gathering in Montreal before the start of summer. In principle, the general population will not be fully vaccinated before the beginning of September.
The only way to keep the game in Montreal in mid-June may be to keep the game behind closed doors. But there are still many obstacles to overcome.
According to our information, discussions are ongoing between F1 and the relevant governments so that all stakeholders (drivers, fleet members and officials) who will stop in Montreal in June can be tax-exempt, so as not to be quarantined when returning to Europe.
The source convinced us that the equipment for the Canadian Grand Prix in June should be completed within one month at most.