APRIL 8, 1996
Ecclestone to promote Canadian GP
Major work has recently been carried out at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in preparation for what is expected to be a sellout event this year as the locals come to see Gilles's son Jacques Villeneuve in action.
The work has mainly been related to safety, with the high-speed sweepers between the hairpin and the pits having been straightened out because it was impossible to build the necessary run-off areas to make them safe. This has been a constant problem for Montreal, which is built on an island between the St Lawrence River and the St Lawrence Seaway ship canal.
The changes will have a dramatic effect on the character of the circuit, making it more difficult to balance the cars between the fast straight and the twisting sections on the run down to the hairpin.