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Canadian GP organiser 'realistic' over 2020 event

  • Published on 25 Mar 2020 14:53
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The organisers of the Candian Grand Prix says he is realistic over the race being held in 2020.

As it stands, the event is set to open the 2020 Formula 1 season, as the previous eight races were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there is doubt over the future of the grand prix in Montreal, as promoter Francois Dumontier states that a decision on whether or not it can be held on June 14th will be made in the coming weeks.

"We would have to make a decision by Easter weekend [11/12 April]. If the situation has improved by then, we could have the site ready on schedule.

We’re in a better position than Monaco or Baku where they race through the city streets and have to build a track," Dumontier added in a media briefing on Tuesday.

"We have the track. We're optimistic but we also know things change by the hour, so we're also realistic."

Currently, there are restrictions across Europe on travel as the continent continues to be hit by the epidemic.

Earlier this week, F1 stated that it wished to host 15 to 18 races this year in a revised calendar, with the aim of having the opening round in the summer.

Should the Canadian Grand Prix go ahead, Dumontier affirmed that an early as possible date would be sought after due to the country's cold winter.

"We must completely forget the current F1 calendar," he said. "Countries will change dates. We will have to make certain concessions or accommodations.

"Obviously, as we know, I will not be able to present the Canadian Grand Prix in November in Montreal. It has to be within the months that allow it... we would be talking about the end of summer, or the beginning of fall."

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  • The chances of F1 hosting races in 2020 are slim to none. Even if the pandemic slows down in the summer and reduces to acceptable levels. Every country has another important task at their hand, an economic recession. Luxuries like costly motor racing events take back seat in such realities.

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    • Mar 25 2020 - 18:36
    • Unfortunately, I am starting to doubt the likelihood of any races happening. I would assume they would not run unless they had at least 8-10 races. Knowing that these races would need at least a couple of months to prepare, its going to be a struggle. Until its confirmed there is no season, I will live in hope!

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      • Mar 26 2020 - 03:37
    • I believe the sponsors and TV rights holders would not be amused at the fact that, there is not one race in the season.

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      • Mar 26 2020 - 06:03

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