There I was, watching a blockbuster FP1 of the Canadian GP when I couldn’t help but notice the circuit track was unfathomably dirty.
“Insanely dirty!” said Max Verstappen on Team Radio, confirming my initial suspicions.
And whilst drivers felt vulnerable on such a green and dusty track, I myself deem it safe to say that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was the dirtiest thing we’ve ever seen in F1, even dirtier than Renault’s #CrashGate tactics.
In 2008, Renault Chief Flavio Briatore ordered Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash his R28 car to help teammate Fernando Alonso win the Singapore GP.
In what was a dark day for F1 over 10 years ago, I strongly believe the dust coverage on the Montreal street circuit during FP1 was darker.
Not everyone agrees with me.
“I have never got over what the team did to me that day,” said Nelson Piquet Jnr.
Well with all due respect Mr Piquet Jnr, you might not have come to grips with the #CrashGate saga, but there were 20 drivers risking their life yesterday as they struggled to find ANY grip on such a dirty track.
Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon shared his concerns of the track.
“That was the most unsafe I’ve ever felt since being in F1”
Quite telling, given the driver has once attended a dinner at one of Dr Helmut Marko’s 7 Private Lairs.
The Formula One world was shocked upon hearing the news of the cruel, callous and cheap tactics of Renault’s Chief Flavio Briatore but I think it was all blown up by the media.
I mean sure, the #CrashGate saga goes against the very fabric of sportsmanship and ethical conduct of competition, but it won Renault a race.
All the dirty track in Montreal did, was look ugly in HD. Sad.
So what do you think?
Was the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve dirtier than Renault’s #CrashGate tactics in 2008?