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Montreal insists its 'facilities are adequate' for F1

Canadian Grand Prix promoter François Dumontier insists that the facilities at Montreal's popular Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 'are adequate' - and in any case, he underlines, it's the racing that counts
The promoter of the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix this weekend has insisted that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is 'adequate' for F1 – in response to denigration from an American journalist who hinted that the facilities at the track on Montreal's Île Notre-Dame are some four decades out-of-date.

Two years ago, a New York Times correspondent caustically wrote that 'it is this place that reminds me more than any other track on the F1 calendar of the look and feel of what it was like to go to Mosport to attend the first-ever Canadian Grand Prix in 1967' – and the cramped confines of Montreal's pit and paddock admittedly pale in comparison with the state-of-the-art, ultra-modern new venues in the likes of Istanbul, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and particularly Abu Dhabi, with the increased number of teams and cars in this year's field scarcely making things any easier.

However, Canada has invariably been one of the more popular and atmospheric stops on the annual F1 calendar, and much as with Silverstone – whose facilities have been repeatedly slated by the sport's outspoken commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone in recent years – race promoter François Dumontier argues the on-track action and off-track ambiance more than make up for any failings elsewhere.

“They need to put water in their wine,” he told French-language television station RDS. “They are fortunate to go on tours where governments have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in facilities. The essence is the racetrack, and I think that our facilities are adequate.”

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James Montgomery

June 11, 2010 9:46 AM

Good man! :D This is exacly what we need in F1.... obviously facilities do help, but if you love F1 (which I think it is safe to say the Canadians do!) then you would go to all extremems to watch your racing hero's race... I did! Silverstone 2000... anyone remember that? I do because I was there! Ok the fields were complete marsh-lands and we had to walk the final 9 miles because of how bad the traffic was... but I didnt care about the "fancy buildings" and food... I was just determand to go watch F1 from the side of the track, hear the V10's screaming and watching people like schumacher, hakkinen, coulthard and some new kid on the block called button! That is what F1 is about!

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