Montreal track re-surfaced after break-up

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Circuit Gilles Vileneuve has had new tarmac laid at the places where it broke up during its last Formula 1 event in 2008.

Turn two (the Senna hairpin), turns six and seven and turn ten (the Casino hairpin) all suffered a lot of damage during the qualifying session for the 2008 race.

They were patched up with quick-drying cement overnight but that didn’t prevent the problem recurring during the race. The track had also broken up in 2007.

Part of the problem is the harsh Canadian winter which weakens the tarmac. Past occasions when F1 races were been disrupted – even postponed – by tracks breaking up include the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix and 1985 Belgian Grand Prix.

The track also has new tarmac run-offs at turns six and eight for this year’s race.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2010 Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2010 Canadian Grand Prix (click to enlarge)

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11 comments on “Montreal track re-surfaced after break-up”

  1. No more martin brindle getting into trouble over calling people pikeys then

    1. Sush Meerkat
      9th June 2010, 14:16

      No chance of that happening since Legard wont let him speak.

      HAHA, I made a funny.

  2. Sush Meerkat
    9th June 2010, 14:18

    Can I just say I’m ashamed for laughing at my own rubbish joke.

    Also, brilliant news since if this new tarmac holds out lots of overtaking should in theory happen, because the track is overtake friendly providing the racing line is wider than 1 metre.

    1. The track breaking up at the hairpin actually aided overtaking last time, since if someone did get slightly off line they were pretty much guaranteed to lose the place.

      1. remember massa’s double pass at the hairpin last time…

  3. Tarmac runoffs


    Will be still be good to be back though! :D

    1. You mean both of them? In Montreal there are fences around so even if there is taramc instead of grass around fence is still very very close.

  4. Robert McKay
    9th June 2010, 16:30

    It’d be ironic if fixing the tarmac made the race duller.

    1. That’s what I was thinking.

  5. Toby Bushby
    10th June 2010, 0:38

    I think we’ve missed another bad point about the Canadian race.

    In 2008, it became virtually impossible to go off line during the race because of tyre marbles. I would think that will be even worse this year with slicks, depending, of course, on the new surface structure.

    1. Under those conditions, the race turned out to be very exciting.

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