The Canadian Grand Prix is a popular race on the Formula 1 calendar, so the fact that the race was marked as provisional on the first draft of next year’s schedule was concerning.
Well, it appears the short-term future for the Canadian GP at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been secured. For 2017, anyway.
The street track is in a unique position, located on an island in the St Lawrence river. It quite literally turns into an F1 island over the race weekend, just a stone’s throw from central Montreal.
It signed a 10-year deal for the Canadian GP to remain in Montreal in 2014 but the race had the dreaded asterisk next to it on next year’s provisional calendar.
Nevertheless, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre reassured us on Twitter that the race will go ahead next season.
He said: “[We have an] agreement in principle with FOWC [Formula One World Championship] and Octane [the race promoters]. There will be a Grand Prix of Canada in 2017.”
Entente de principe avec FOWC et Octane. Il y aura Grand Prix du Canada en 2017. À suivre
— DenisCoderre (@DenisCoderre) November 22, 2016
So that’s very good news indeed. The Canadian GP has been on the F1 calendar since 1967 and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve hosted its first race in 1978.
It’d be a great shame if an event with so much history and popularity fell off the schedule, so it’s encouraging that it will go ahead as planned in 2017 and tickets are going on sale for the race today.