Circuit Gilles Villeneuve gets new ten-year F1 deal

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Max Chilton, Marussia, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014The Canadian Grand Prix will remain at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for a further ten years.

The Montreal circuit has held Canada’s round of the world championship since 1978. It has only failed to appear on the calendar twice since then, in 1987 and 2009.

Following its last absence from the calendar the Canadian government stepped into to help secure a five-year contract. The new deal will see it remain on the schedule until at least 2024.

“It’s great because Montreal is one of the best races in the year, for all of us,” said Nico Rosberg after taking pole position for this year’s race.

“It’s a great track, the fans are fantastic, so enthusiastic so I’m very happy and I’m sure everybody is, that we’re going to be coming here a lot more often in the future.”

Lewis Hamilton, who scored his first F1 victory at the circuit in 2007 and has won the race three times, said, “it’s one of the best races of the year”.

“But mostly the fans here are just, again, some of the best that we get to see,” he added. “They really make the atmosphere and the city is incredible, great food, we enjoy coming here so I’m grateful that that’s been done so hopefully we get to race here many more times.”

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16 comments on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve gets new ten-year F1 deal

  1. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 7th June 2014, 21:23

    What an apt picture for the article Keith!

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 7th June 2014, 23:56

      Ha true, but that “Quebec original” sign in the background is a bit too small and too far up the wall of champs, it reminds me when they had the “welcome to Quebec” one right there.

  2. Strontium (@strontium) said on 7th June 2014, 22:54

    I read it had no contract just yesterday, thinking that it is a disaster that Montreal has no contract for next year! Brilliant news, but with one large problem – technically 23 races have contracts for next year, and I therefore can see at least 3 of them going, but which ones?

  3. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 8th June 2014, 0:01

    The crowd went nuts when they announced this on the speakers. Great to hear!

  4. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th June 2014, 3:20

    Great news! :D

    Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a terrific track that always produces exciting racing and the fans are loud and love it!

    • Mackeine Loveine (@cocaine-mackeine) said on 8th June 2014, 3:48

      Agreed. I personally love how the racing here is far exciting. Drivers going on full speed, brushing the wall, tomorrow it should exciting to see that, and more knowing that there’s nearly no grip on the circuit.

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