Montreal to host Grand Prix in October (Update)

Vettel-Hamilton incident in 2019 at Montreal
Vettel-Hamilton battle in 2019 at Montreal

UPDATE (GMM) Organizers of the Canadian GP are not ready to confirm that a race in Montreal will definitely take place in 2020.

There have been reports that an October date, pairing Canada with Austin, has been set for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's 2020 race.

"We can't confirm that," a race spokesman told us.

"We can't talk about specific dates because we don't even know at this stage if the race will be on the final version of the calendar."

Indeed, race promoter Francois Dumontier told Canadian sports broadcaster RDS that talks with Formula 1 are still taking place.

"Obviously Formula 1 has announced its calendar for the start of the season, starting in Europe," he said.

"Now they are working with the various promoters for the second part of the calendar with races outside of Europe.

"There is a real intention, not just for Montreal, but for races outside of Europe. Chase (Carey) wants to have a real world championship.

"So I'm telling you this with a smile, but our discussions are ongoing," Dumontier added.

As for when those talks might be concluded, he answered: "I think an announcement at the beginning of July would give us a lot of time to prepare.

"The desire is to have spectators, but we know that we should do a health plan and with social distancing and so on. That is what we are working on now.

"Chase always says that Montreal has a privileged place in Formula 1, especially I think if you look at the United States and Brazil, it seems difficult at the moment for them with Covid. Mexico, we don't know yet," he said.

Will Charles Leclerc be back in Montreal in October? Bring your woolies
Will Charles Leclerc be back in Montreal in October? Bring your woollies

06/24/20 A report Tuesday by Quebec motorsports magazine Pole-Position says the 2020 edition of the Canadian Grand Prix will take place in Montreal on Oct. 9, 10 and 11 — with a limited number of spectators.

Formula One executives will make the announcement shortly before the July 5 Austrian Grand Prix, Pole-Position said on its website, citing unidentified “European sources" familiar with the matter.

The Montreal event would represent the 11th race of the shortened F1 season, Pole-Position said. It would also be the second race of 2020, after the Russian Grand Prix, to be held in front of a crowd.

Canadian Grand Prix spokesperson Sandrine Garneau Le Bel declined Tuesday to comment on the Pole-Position report.

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