The occasion, scheduled for the 12-13 June weekend after the Azerbaijan GP because the second a part of a flyaway double-header, has been doubtful for a while.
Turkey, which held a race at brief discover in 2020 and is conveniently situated on the freight route residence from Azerbaijan, is ready in reserve as a alternative.
On Thursday, Radio Canada reported that the Montreal race had been cancelled for public well being causes, noting that there are issues over the dangers related to F1 guests mixing with native circuit employees and volunteers.
There are additionally monetary points associated to the opportunity of the race being run behind closed doorways and thus with no spectator revenue.
When requested in regards to the prospects for the race an F1 spokesperson stated: “We’re persevering with our discussions with the promoter in Canada and haven’t any additional remark.”
A spokesperson for the promoter instructed Autosport: “What Radio Canada is referring to is a doc of suggestions from public well being. We as an organisation haven’t had affirmation from our public well being officers and will not remark till we get an official affirmation.”
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault R.S.19, Pierre Gasly, Crimson Bull Racing RB15, and the remainder of the sector firstly
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Canada faces tight COVID-19 restrictions with quarantines for folks arriving within the nation.
As a result of the observe is a semi-permanent venue, work on getting ready it has to begin a number of weeks upfront, and thus a call needs to be made sooner than can be the case for different venues.
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali wrote to the Canadian authorities final month asking for quarantine exemptions whereas explaining the measures that F1 has taken for different races, and which may probably be utilized for Montreal.
One plan was to carry the occasion behind closed doorways with tight bubble restrictions for groups and different personnel from abroad. Final yr’s Abu Dhabi GP, the place the complete paddock traveled from Bahrain on constitution flights and stayed in reserved motels, was cited for instance.
Nonetheless, repeating that train in full, which might have concerned Montreal resort employees and circuit volunteers in quarantine forward of the race weekend, isn’t thought-about as sensible.
Earlier this week Quebec director of public well being of Dr Horacio Arruda advised that each one choices had been beneath dialogue.
“As for holding the occasion behind closed doorways, there’s a strategy to do it with effectively suggested protocols when it comes to public well being,” he stated.
“As for the virus importation by individuals who come from exterior with out quarantine, there are ongoing discussions between Quebec and Canada. There are analyses and assessments that will probably be completed on the dangers.”