Formula 1 expects next week’s Canadian Grand Prix to go ahead as normal despite wildfires which have affected air quality in the area.Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where the race is due to take place.
The pollution caused by the fires has led to warnings in surrounding areas where millions of people have been advised to wear face masks as a precaution against smoke inhalation. The smoke has spread far beyond Quebec to the north and south, including into the United States of America.
However according to F1 the fires are around 800 kilometres from the circuit, the air quality in Montreal has already begun to improve and they have no concerns about the event going ahead.
Air quality in the city fell below normal standards earlier in the week – though it was better than at some venues F1 visits – and has since improved. Forecasts for the coming days indicate changes in the wind direction will continue to direct smoke away from Montreal.
Formula 1’s Incident Management Group will continue to monitor the situation between now and the event next week.
The series has already cancelled one race earlier this year, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, due to flooding at the Imola and surrounding area.
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