The long-term future of the Canadian Grand Prix is seemingly all but secured after event organisers and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone managed to broker a new ten-year deal for the event to remain at Montreal’s Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve.
All that stands in the way of an official announcement is further negotiation over small points in the contract, which are expected to be finalised shortly.
It is believed that one major talking point was Ecclestone’s insistence that the circuit freshen up its facilities – particularly its outdated pit facilities – and organisers have indicated that all of the necessary changes would be in place ahead of next year’s event.
“We have agreed on the annual fee, which will soon be paid,” Ecclestone told Canada’s La Presse newspaper.
“That is not a problem. We just want the agreement for a rebuild. We are talking about an upgrade, but it doesn’t have to be another Abu Dhabi. If the Montreal facilities can compare to what they did at Silverstone, that would be good. Canada is an important country for us and we intend to keep going there.”