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F1: Russia, Canada Sign Contract Extensions

By Adam Tate, Associate Editor

The Russian and Canadian Grands Prix have signed contract extensions prolonging deals already in place.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Kozak broke the news to Russia’s state news agency Tass that the Sochi race now has a contract in place through 2025. It is a five year extension of the original deal that ran from 2014, when the Winter Olympics were held at some of the same facilities, through the year 2020.

Canada too has announced a contract extension, an even longer one that will see Montreal and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve host the race through 2029. A chief tenet of the new contract is that the organizers update the paddock and garage area before the 2019 race. Something that had been a sticking point in negotiations between the organizers and Bernie Ecclestone, but has since been smoothed over by Liberty Media.

Some improvements at the circuit are already planned for 2017, including an expansion of the turn 1 grandstands as ticket sales are surging due to rookie Lance Stroll’s popularity. He will be the first Canadian to race in F1 on home soil since Jacques Villeneuve took to the track named after his father for the last time in 2006.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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