Montreal Grand Prix Gets Extension to 2029!
Grand prix fans rejoice, everyone’s favorite Montreal Formula one track is sticking around for another five years.
The Montreal Grand Prix was confirmed for an extension of over a decade, expanding upon an already lengthy agreement. The prior extension was set to expire in 2024, but a recent agreement extended that timeframe another five years to 2029. The official announcement comes three months after Mayor Denis Coderre’s original statement that the city planned on furthering its relationship with Formula One Management.
The latest five-year extension will guarantee continued support of the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is often heralded as one of the best tracks in the F1 season. To solidify the deal and guarantee the return of the Grand Prix, the Montreal circuit agreed to perform upgrades to its garages and paddock. The necessary enhancements are scheduled to be completed in time for the 2019 Grand Prix despite prior delays to the upgrades due to cost concerns that, as of late 2016, almost hindered the status of the 2017 race.
A Return to Montreal
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the Canadian Grand Prix have had an extensive relationship that started in 1978 that culminated in a win by Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve for whom the circuit was named after. Save for two races in 1987 and 2009, the circuit has continued to be the home of the popular Canadian race and has received praise as one of the best tracks for the F1 races. For its location on the St. Lawrence River and proximity to beautiful downtown Montreal, the circuit continues to be a favorite in the F1 series. Not only is the track highly revered, the party that follows the actual event is one of the largest to grace the streets of Montreal!
The announcement comes shortly after the reveal of local drive, Lance Stroll, joining the F1 series. Stroll’s entry into the circuit, which marks the first Canadian driver to race since Jacques Villeneuve’s retirement in 2006, amplified local interest in the series and has led to a jump in ticket sales. At the time of the 2017 Grand Prix, Stroll will only 18-years-old, making him one of the youngest drivers to ever jump behind the wheel for the Formula One season.
The announcement of the extension came just days after it was revealed that the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi also received an extension to 2025. The prior agreement guaranteed the circuit would be a part of the Formula One series until 2020, but Russia’s deputy Prime Minster Dimitry Kozak reported that the contract had been finalized for an additional five years. The 2017 Grand Prix marked the 4th race at Sochi.
On June 11th, 2017, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is scheduled to host the 39th Montreal Grand Prix to take place on the Notre Dame Island circuit. The race’s practice and qualifying runs will occur on Friday June 9th and Saturday June 10th . Check out our Grand Prix packages page for hotels and ticket pricing and be sure to book your Montreal Grand Prix experience as soon as possible!
The city fills up quick!