Formula 1 will continue to visit in Canada for the next ten years after a contract extension was announced today.
Officials at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve confirmed today in a press conference that a deal has been struck with Formula 1, ensuring that the sport will continue to visit the circuit in Montreal for another 10 years.
As part of the deal, a sizeable amount of money will be invested in the circuit to allow the paddock and facilities to be refurbished and upgraded.
The race has regularly appeared on the calendar ever since 1967, and is a firm favorite among the drivers, teams and fans, meaning that this announcement will certainly be a popular one.
Despite its popularity, the race has come under threat a number of times. In 2004, it was omitted from the initial calendar before sufficient funding was found to ensure that the race went ahead, whilst it did not take place in 2009 before returning in 2010.
With the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, currently holding a contract to host F1 until the end of 2022, this new deal for Montreal ensures that there will be at least two events in North America for the next eight years.
Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.
Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.
Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.
“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.
“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”