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Valerie Blunt discusses canceling the 2021 Montreal Grand Prix

Valerie Blunt discusses canceling the 2021 Montreal Grand Prix

Faced with a $ 6 million compensation request from F1 for holding the Canadian Grand Prix without spectators, the Mayor of Montreal has raised the possibility of canceling the event this year.

Philip Tessera LyseardPhilip Tessera Lyseard

In a press briefing at the end of her political party convention, Valerie Blunt assured that she was more keen to keep the race in Montreal over the long term than to hold the 2021 edition.

“The important thing to me is that the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal stays here,” she said. If that wasn’t possible this year, he definitely should be there next year, because we care about him. ”

Journalism It revealed on Saturday that Formula 1 had threatened to cancel the event if the government did not pledge $ 6 million to compensate the local promoter, who is usually paid from the ticket office. Public health in Quebec has not made a final decision on whether to welcome onlookers, but the current health situation leaves serious doubts about this possibility. The circuit will consider holding the race in Turkey.

“It’s a big sum of course, and at the same time, we want the Montreal Grand Prix to be held in Montreal,” said Valerie Blunt. It must be ensured that the taxpayers’ money is spent the right way. We are in discussions with the Quebec government and the federal government to find out what the situation is. ”

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