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Formula 1 resurrects Montreal raft race

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Formula 1 resurrects Montreal raft race
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Jun 9, 2017, 6:32 PM

Formula 1 has resurrected the famous mechanics' raft race at the Canadian Grand Prix, as part of a push by the sport's new owners to make events more fun.

The Olympic rowing lake behind the paddock at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve used to host a raft race every year until the last 1990s – with teams bringing their own designs and taking great pride from success in the competition.

However, as F1 became more corporate and the workload on mechanics increased, the event fell by the wayside.

F1's new regime under Liberty Media has helped bring the event back to life, however, with the raft race set to take place at 7pm on Saturday night.

One change from the past is that teams will no longer come up with their own bespoke designs for the event.

Instead, teams will be given identical kits to build their own raft within a set amount of time, and team principals are also expected to be on board their vessels in the race across the lake.

All teams have been invited to attend, although it is understood that some teams – including championship contenders Mercedes and Ferrari – have decided not to join in.

 
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Series Formula 1
Event Canadian GP
Location Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Author Jonathan Noble