The organization for the Grand Prix of Canada has an additional challenge. Wildfires are currently raging in the province of Quebec, which also includes the city of Montreal and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The fire would spread twelve times faster than usual in this season.
Although the fire is not yet visible in Montreal itself, the air quality in the region has taken a significant hit. At the moment it would be so bad that you inhale as many harmful substances in 24 hours as when you smoke six cigarettes. If you take into account that the current situation has been going on for a few days, then that is of course anything but healthy. The authorities have therefore labeled it ‘High Risk’ and advise not to stay outside for too long.
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It is striking that so soon after the cancellation of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, another race is threatened by natural disasters. After the floods in Italy, it is now the heat that is causing problems. The situation in Canada also seems far from under control, because the regional fire brigade announced in a latest update that 113 of the 152 forest fires can no longer be controlled.
The organization of the Canadian Grand Prix has not yet officially commented on the current situation, but predictions indicate that the number of wildfires may only increase. So it remains to be seen whether the current situation is really worrying as far as the Grand Prix is concerned or whether the situation will improve enough in the next week and a half to allow the race to go ahead.