F1 is taking action to allay fears over the cancellation of the Canadian Grand Prix amid out-of-control wildfires… as it says air quality is ‘good’ in Montreal and the risk of canceling a THIRD race is “weak”
- More than 9.4 million acres have been burned, 15 times more than the 10-year average
- F1 says confident Canada won’t become third cancellation of the year
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Formula 1 bosses have tried to calm fears that the Canadian Grand Prix could be canceled next weekend amid uncontrollable fires across the country.
Some of the worst fires are concentrated in the province of Quebec in eastern Canada, whose largest city – Montreal – hosts the race, and toxic smoke has spread to New York and beyond.
Despite the fires, an F1 spokesman told Mail Sport that the event was not yet under threat, adding: “We have been assured by all relevant information that the situation in Montreal at the moment is different from that of other parts of the country and the northern United States. , the risk remains low and the air quality is good in Montreal.
Much to the relief of locals, temperatures across Canada are expected to drop in the coming days and rain should bring some relief.
F1 will also be desperate for the Canadian Grand Prix to go ahead, given that they already had to cancel the Imola and China races in 2023 already.
The Canadian Grand Prix may be canceled due to the forest fires in Quebec
Canada would be the third race canceled or postponed this season after Imola and China
Fires across Canada have thrown smoke across North America – reaching New York
The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix had to be postponed last month after massive flooding in Imola, while the Chinese Grand Prix was canceled even before the start of the season due to COVID-19.
Smoke from the Canadian wildfires has been thrown as far west as Chicago and as far south as Washington, DC.
The start of the wildfire season in Canada has been destructive, with 9.4 million acres already burned in almost every province – ranging from British Columbia on the west coast to Nova Scotia in the Maritimes.
The total area burned in Canada is greater than that of the entire US state of Maryland and 15 times the 10-year average.
More than 11,000 Quebecers have already been forced to evacuate their homes as climate change has caused temperatures to soar, causing droughts – which allowed lightning to ignite large fires.