Canadian F1 drivers Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi shared their thoughts about the cancelation of their home race.
The 2021 Formula 1 calendar has got modified earlier this week as Turkish GP replaces Canadian GP, which has been canceled for the second time in a row. This is bad news for all the fans as Circuit Gilles Villeneuve always provides great racing action. However, the two people, for whom the news has been even worse, are local drivers Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi.
Ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix, both drivers reacted to the announcement.
“It’s just really sad that for a second year in a row now we’re not going to be going to Montreal. It’s the race that I always look forward to the most and I just feel for the fans, my heart goes out to everyone back in Montreal that look forward to the race every year and it’s one of the most exciting weekends in the city, and it’s just really sad that for a second year it’s not happening,” Stroll said.
“But times are tough. It’s maybe not the right time to go there and the world’s still in a funny place, so all I can say is that I really hope that we can be back there next year and to everyone back in Canada, just keep your chin up and finger’s crossed, let’s look forward to being back next season,” he added.
Latifi was also disappointed about the news, stating the Montreal gave him best moments in career.
“Obviously, I was extremely disappointed and felt some frustration as well. I think any driver that has a home race on the calendar or that should be on the calendar, it’s… the one that they look forward to the most,” he commented.
“I’ve experienced two FP1s driving in Canada and they were the coolest experiences I had in motorsports: pulling out of the pitlane, driving in front of your home crowd… And yeah, second year in a row as a Formula 1 driver that I won’t get to go my home race.”
“It’s a difficult situation back home in Canada with COVID so it’s just not possible. We have some positives that it’s signed up for another two years; it’s obviously very far in the future… if I’m not mistaken. We’re going to have to wait another year. Until then I’ll see you next year,” the Williams driver said in the end.
However, it is good news for the both that the Canadian GP contract has been renewed for two more years.