Could the Canadian GP get cancelled as wildfires cause dangerous smoke?

The smog from Canada has reached as far as New York City and Connecticut

-

Canada is currently suffering from its worst wildfires on record and that is bad news for Formula 1.

The world’s premier motorsport series is due to head to Montreal on June 16-18 for the next instalment of the 2023 season but the current situation could put a stop to any race taking place.

The precedent has already been set this season as F1 took no risks in cancelling the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix due to the localised flooding that caused roads near the circuit to become inaccessible.

This smoke would not impact any fans from getting to the circuit but the health risks they would be putting themselves under to attend is possibly a reason to cancel the race.

The drivers and team personnel are also at risk of health issues if they inhale the smoke too much and they would rather not put themselves at risk as well.

As of June 8, F1 do not plan on delaying or cancelling the race as the weather is set to improve and the event in Montreal is not deemed to be at risk.

What’s actually happening in Canada?

According to the BBC, there have been over 2,000 wildfires already in 2023 which is on course for a Canadian record and there are 150 out of control at this very moment.

The smoke from all of those fires is coating large parts of North America in a thick, orange smog which is likely to cause serious health issues if inhaled too much. People in Canada and parts of the United States are being advised to stay indoors and close their windows to avoid the smoke.

An area as big as Belgium has already been burned to a crisp due to the wildfires and thousands nearer the fires have been evacuated from their homes to avoid long-term health issues.

Should F1 cancel the race?

It’s a question they will be asking themselves right now and they will need to get as much information as possible from the local authorities.

If they are to cancel the race, they really need to do so before anybody flies out to North America because the costs of getting freight and personnel across the Atlantic Ocean will be enormous.

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for Total-Motorsport.com and a top class F1 writer.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Lance Stroll of Aston Martin and Lando Norris of McLaren during 2023 Spanish GP practice | Aston Martin F1 Team

F1 Spanish GP 2024: Schedule and Session Start Times

0
As the 2024 Formula 1 season progresses, the Spanish Grand Prix stands out as a pivotal event, offering a...
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford, celebrates after winning the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Iowa Corn 350 at Iowa Speedway | NASCAR

How two tyres carried Ryan Blaney to NASCAR win at Iowa

0
Ryan Blaney's June began in heartbreaking fashion when Team Penske opted to gamble on fuel, only for him to...
Max Verstappen leads George Russell of Mercedes during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull vs McLaren vs Mercedes: What next in F1’s development war?

0
The Canadian Grand Prix served up the best race of the 2024 Formula 1 season so far with a...
Lewis Hamilton at 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix | Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton explains why F1 doesn’t need a transfer window

0
Lewis Hamilton has weighed in with his thoughts on whether Formula 1 should adopt a football-style transfer window to...
Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Forget Ferrari, McLaren are the biggest threat to Red Bull

0
The very fact that Lando Norris was disappointed and frustrated with finishing second at the Formula 1 2024 Canadian...
Sergio Perez looks on at the 2024 Canadian GP | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Horner calls for Perez to bounce back as he heaps praise on Verstappen

0
Team principal Christian Horner for Sergio Perez to get back to from for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix whilst...

Should F1 adopt a football-style transfer window for drivers? Max Verstappen is the proof...

0
Formula 1 is unlike any other sport, and that's fine - the F1 purists thrive on its unique qualities....

What went wrong for Will Brown, Cam Waters in NASCAR Cup debuts

0
The NASCAR Cup Series had some Australian flavour Sunday when Supercars Championship stars Will Brown and Cameron Waters made...

What we learned from the 2024 Canadian GP

0
Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium after a terrible 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with an...
Norman Nato leads the field at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E 2024-25 calendar announced for first Gen3 Evo season

0
Formula E have announced its provisional calendar for the 2024-25 season, which will be the first campaign for the...
- Advertisment -