In the second race extension this week, the Canadian Grand Prix has been confirmed for an extension through to 2029, thus keeping the popular event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on the Formula 1 calendar for more than a decade to come. The Russian Grand Prix was confirmed earlier this week to continue through to 2025.
The race’s most recent extension was announced in 2014, when Montreal mayor Denis Coderre announced a 10-year extension through to 2024 (via GlobalNews.ca). The municipality ponied up to keep the race and the city announced plans for investments at the track itself.
Today’s extension comes from race promoter Francois Dumontier, who’s on site at this week’s first test of the Formula 1 season at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona. Via Sportsnet.ca, the extension was all but a formality after Coderre said in January that Montreal planned to extend with Formula One Management.
Lance Stroll joins the grid this year with Williams Martini Racing as Canada’s first active driver in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve raced in 2006. The younger Villeneuve won races and the 1997 World Championship with Williams, before his own F1 career tailed off from those stratospheric levels.