Ille Notre Dame, Montreal. Contractors today began work on circuit changes to the circuit Gilles Villeneuve, host of the FF1M Canadian Grand Prix. Work is expected to be completed in short order, with the circuit ready in plenty of time to host the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix.
Amongst the changes to the circuit is a new pitlane layout, returning the circuit to a previous configuration in response to complaints from teams and drivers regarding the lack of overtaking opportunities on the tight street circuit. Whilst a new pitlane isnt the first thing you might think of to generate overtaking circuit boss Hubert la Poisson is confident it will achieve the task.
“The new pitlane layout is expected to force drivers to keep to the right of the front straight, allowing cars behind room to overtake where previously the racing line would drift to the left to provide a straighter entry into the first corner. This would force any would be overtaker to try an unlikely and potentially risky outside move.”Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Grand Fromage Hubert la Poisson
The circuit changes will also extend the run to the pitlane hairpin, which in turn will give cars a longer run into the final chicane, potentially opening up further passing opportunities at both corners.
The 2015 Canadian Grand Prix will be the eighth round of the 2015 FF1M Season, taking place on 7th June 2015.