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

Heavy rain has taken a nasty turn at the Canadian Grand Prix facilities … even in the 2019 $ 60 million public fund building.

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This is the finding of broadcasters of the international race, including RDS and Sky Sports, as their studio was flooded after showers from Thursday to Saturday.

“Water was pouring in from the top of the wall and through the window sills,” said one source, who was appalled by the damage. The carpet was completely soaked, making the space unusable. ”

Technicians quickly had to protect their equipment from the waves. Subsequently, teams moved the studios to adjacent vacant premises.

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


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

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

Two big problems

The Jean-Drapeau Park Company (SPJD) has therefore commissioned the IRC Group engineering consulting firm.

The Journal got their hands on their report, in which the experts had identified the two main problems, the poor sealing of the roof, which causes water to seep into the building and leaks into the interior siding.

The contractor responsible for the project, Geyser Group, raised the issue during construction in 2018. It is important to note that Geyser filed a $ 10.3 million lawsuit last year against SPJD for unpaid bills. .

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


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According to Environment Canada, Thursday’s thunderstorms poured 39.6 mm of rain over the greater Montreal area.


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

Better to laugh …

Formula One even posted a humorous video on his Twitter account, where a vehicle is seen crossing the well line completely flooded. The SPJD has been repairing this line of wells in recent weeks.

Always praising the exceptional organization of his event, the organizer of the race and landlord of the facilities, François Dumontier, and the Octane group did not answer our calls yesterday.

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