Race organisers have confirmed that worn sections of the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve have been extensively resurfaced (pictured) is weekend’s race, after the previous rounds in 2007 and 2008 degenerated into a single-file race as the track crumbled Montreal resurfacedunder use.

The worn tarmac presented a severe safety concern for many drivers, who complained bitterly about the appalling condition of the track. However, organisers have confirmed that new tarmac has been laid and it is expected that the same issued should not be encountered as Canada makes its return to the F1 stage.

Further modifications have been made at Turns 6 and 8, where asphalt run-off has been installed as a replacement for the original gravel traps. Furthermore, additional guardrail posts have been installed around the circuit as a precaution to minimise the risk of repeating an accident on the scale of Robert Kubica’s monster shunt in 2007.

Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg has, while welcoming the improvements, admitted he is still cautious about the actual impact of the changes.

Speaking at a pre-race event in downtown Montreal – in fluent French, might I add! – he was quoted by the La Presse newspaper as saying: “There have been improvements every year, and every year was a disaster!

“But I’m still confident, as I have spoken with FIA officials. The FIA has said it has paid close attention, so it should be fine.”

Here’s hoping!

[Original image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.