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Canadian Grand Prix promoter doesn’t want a sprint race

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In the round-up: The promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix is not interested in turning his round of the championship into a sprint event.

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Traditional format is best, says Canadian GP promoter

Canadian Grand Prix promoter Francois Dumontier says he prefers the traditional race weekend structure to the sprint format which Formula 1 introduced three years ago.

“I’m a fan of the current format with free practice, qualifying, and the race,” he told the Journal de Montreal. “It’s traditional, but it’s the right one.”

The report claimed F1 charges $4 million (£3.14m) to race promoters for sprint events. But Dumontier said he disagrees with the series’ claim they provide better value for spectators.

“F1 says we see the cars running just as often with five periods on the circuit, but in fact, they are shorter.”

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Comment of the day

Were Alpine being straight with Ocon about the reason for ordering a position swap with Gasly? Hje isn’t convinced:

This ridiculous order never had any chance to work out. Ricciardo jumped a whole second in just one sector, and after he built such gap, Ocon was told to let Gasly through.

With two laps to go. At that point Gasly already had two seconds to Ricciardo!

It’s more than obvious they just wanted Gasly to finish ahead, no matter what. It was simply impossible to gain two seconds on a single lap, and pass with DRS on the last lap.

It was all about Gasly finishing in front.

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9 comments on “Canadian Grand Prix promoter doesn’t want a sprint race”

  1. F1 should be racing at Road America instead of that joke of a Miami track.

    1. Problem with Road America is that it’s a great track but would need a ton of work to bring the facilities upto any sort of standard.

      There are no pit or paddock buildings and the facilities overall would in no way to able to deal with what F1 would bring both in terms of the number of spectators but also the amount of people that are around an F1 paddock in terms of team personnel, FIA/FOM staff & the media.

      1. Then maybe they should lower those standards. F1 should adapt to tracks better, it can’t only be the other way round. I don’t say this one is doable, but Miami has no place in F1, not in my book at least. Neither does Vegas. USA have so much more to offer, and F1 should have cars able to handle those tracks. As for the logistics, well, I sure hope they have at least one guy able to figure things out. But it wouldn’t be as lucrative, and that’s the only real issue here.

  2. I hadn’t realized holding a sprint format means a higher hosting fee versus standard format, but a preference towards standard format is understandable nevertheless, which means that even if the sprint amount doubled, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve still wouldn’t be among those twelve.
    The argument about track time is also valid even though the session amount is the same, but since sprint qualifying & sprint are shorter on average than standard qualifying & practice sessions.

    Luke’s tweet: I’m totally baffled what argument could that single security individual use for doing so, given signs don’t belong into the forbidden items category by any means & are a perfectly common feature on circuits all over the world, including on post-race track invasions, yet he still singled out one individual over others without any justifiable reason.
    He should never be allowed to be in his position again as a consequence of misusing power.

    Claire Cottingham’s tweet: Spa-Francorchamps would probably be the only worthy circuit for such an experiment anyway.

    Stefan Wilson’s tweet: Please no. While the race was decent overall, it wasn’t the best ever either.

    COTD: I agree. Clearly indeed about favoring Gasly who’ll continue at Alpine in all likelihood.

    1. The other thing RE: Canadian GP is that it’s run like Swiss clock. That’s because it’s been there for so long with the same exact date. So, the local businesses and public transport are tailored to its schedule. The whole city really gets into it. It’s a great time. So, I can see why an extra million or whatever isn’t worth the trouble. Edit: I see you said it actually costs more. So, it’s doubly not worth it.

      1. It also explains why F1 is so keen on forcing through more sprint weekends. It gets them more $. It suddenly all makes sense.

      2. Funny you say about how well it is run, I think the organisation of these events is quite incredible.
        Have we heard anything though about who was responsible for wrongly telling spectators waiting to enter the circuit that FP1 & FP2 had been cancelled and subsequently turning them away?

  3. ‘A private jet can emit two tonnes of carbon dioxide in a single hour… the average Quebec resident accounts for fewer than nine tonnes over an entire year.’

    And now think about people who’ve flown hundreds or even thousands of hours on a private jet. This is why the word hypocrisy comes up so often.

  4. I think DRS hurt Montreal a bit as we had a great fight for the lead between George & Max with Lando catching to join the fun. And then as soon as they enabled DRS Lando just breezed past Max & George fairly easily so we ended up with no battle at all. DRS just too often results in stuff like that & it always ends up been so anti-climactic due to how boringly easy the push of a button highway pass ends up been.

    Was just too powerful in most cases & we saw on the lap after the restart that proper overtaking that’s actually exciting to watch is possible without the silly DRS gimmick. For instance Albon threading the needle to pass 2 was it Ricciardo & Gasly without DRS been one of the best overtakes of the year.

    But quantity over quality is the order of modern show over sport F1 I guess.

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