Grand Prix in Montreal: it was also raining in the new paddocks this weekend

Grand Prix in Montreal: it was also raining in the new paddocks this weekend

and Jean-Louis Fortin MISE À DAY

The heavy rain has played a nasty trick on the facilities hosting the Canadian Grand Prix… even in the building delivered in 2019 at a cost of $60 million in public funds. < /p>

This is the observation made by international race broadcasters, including RDS and Sky Sports, when their studios were flooded after downpours from Thursday to Saturday.

“The water was coming in abundantly through the top of the wall and through the joints of the windows, explained to us a source dismayed by the damage. The carpet was completely soaked, making the space unusable.” 

Quickly, the technicians had to protect their equipment as the waves exited. Subsequently, teams moved the studios to adjacent vacant premises.

A month ago, our Investigation Office revealed that the brand new paddocks of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit had serious water infiltration and drainage problems. 

Among other things, we had to caulk disaster the window of one of the premises, which had to be evacuated and closed after the rain on Friday and Saturday.

Two big problems

The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) has therefore mandated the engineering consulting firm Groupe IRC. 

The Diarygot their hands on their report, in which the experts had identified the two main problems, namely the deficient sealing of the roof which causes water infiltration in the building and leaks on the interior facings. 

The contractor responsible for the project, the Geyser group, had raised the problem during construction in 2018. It is important to remember that Geyser filed a lawsuit for $10.3 million last year against the SPJD, for unpaid invoices. 

Still, despite the legal debates, the problem is not resolved. According to reports, water continued to infiltrate the building during the busiest week of the year. 

According to Environment Canada data, Thursday's thunderstorms dumped 39.6 mm of rain over the greater Montreal area. 

Friday and Saturday, Montreal received 7.6 and 3.6 mm of rain respectively, while periods of testing and qualifying took place under the fleet.

Better to laugh about it…

Formula 1 even posted a humorous video on its Twitter account, where we see a vehicle crossing the completely flooded pit lane. The SPJD had again repaired this line of pits in recent weeks. 

Still praising the exceptional organization of its event, the race organizer and lessor of the facilities, François Dumontier, and the Octane group did not respond to our calls yesterday.

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