The year 2023 has been quite tumultuous for Formula 1. In fact, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that there is truly no peace for the sport. Because after the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix due to Covid-related issues and the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix due to the tragic wave of bad weather that hit the region, the next event of the World Championship in Canada could also be at risk.
Formula 1, Canadian GP at risk? The situation
For a few weeks now, Canada has been hit by a series of wildfires that have already burned 3.5 million hectares, mainly in Quebec. Currently, there are 416 active fires in the area, half of which are classified as out of control by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center. Many cities are covered in thick smoke, reducing visibility and almost completely obscuring the sun. The presence of a low-pressure vortex on the eastern coast is carrying smoke southward, extending beyond the US border. For example, New York is experiencing dense and acrid air.
A thick layer of smog has also descended upon the city of Montreal. Therefore, Environment Canada has issued a warning: “High concentrations of fine particulate matter from forest fires in Quebec will result in poor air quality in many areas. Smog especially affects asthmatic children and people with respiratory or heart conditions. These individuals are advised to avoid intense outdoor physical activity until the smog warning is lifted.”
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With only eight days remaining until the start of the weekend at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, the situation is quite critical. We will wait and see how it develops.