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Bernie Ecclestone demands improvements to facilities at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

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nealio

May 10, 2012 5:34 PM

Slow news day! Ecclestone surely loves his games but with track after track getting into financial straits is this the time to put the squeeze on one of the most entertaining circuits in the series? Another fool born every minute Bernie?

Chad - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 6:35 PM

@107-What Bernie wqants is more money he thinks he needs it badly. He will always make demands as the contracts expire. It is one of the best circuits on the calender the drivers and fans that attend loves the races there. It is always 120K attendance.

Droog - Unregistered

May 10, 2012 8:37 PM

For once Bernie may be right.
The track is located on an island in the St Lawrence River right in downtown Montreal, but it's City of Montreal Parkland most of the year, with no other racing except for one NASCAR event and people trying to get to the casino.
The place is beautiful, but really starting to look it's age (artificial island, was built in 1967 for Expo 67). It had a facelift in the 80's but that's about it.
The track itself is an absolute classic and everybody remembers Jenson Button's Magnum Opus in 2011. But it needs to move into the new century the same way that Silverstone did.
From reading the story, it sounds like everyone realizes that the logic is sound, and I bet it will get done. I also wouldn't be surprised in the Fed's throw some money at it to keep the race going, it's a huge boost for Canada AND Quebec, and the second largest Italian community outside of Italy make the Tifosi the biggest supporters of the event.

Banditfan

May 10, 2012 9:10 PM

Given the current state of finances in Quebec, I wouldn't count on anything getting done. The recent student riots over tuition fee increases would escalate if Quebec or Montreal start spending more money on an F1 race at a time when it is downloading some of it's debt problem onto the education system. This Canadian will be watching the story with interest.

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