Tattered track gets a quick fix

DEAN MCNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

MONTREAL -- An all-night patch job that continued into the morning yesterday saved the Canadian Grand Prix from international embarrassment at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Formula One drivers had complained bitterly that disaster was looming in yesterday's race after the track literally came apart during qualifying on Saturday.

But race director Charlie Whiting ordered the overnight resurfacing on the worst part of the track -- the Turn 10 hairpin. Workers were putting the finishing touches to the repairs less than an hour before the lights went out on the starting grid.

CGP vice-president Francois Dumontier said the track woes -- which occurred last year, as well -- were thought to have been fixed before the race weekend even began.

"This year we chose a new specialist to settle the issue, but obviously conditions related to the technological evolution of the race cars do create some problems," Dumontier said.

"Aggressive adhesion of grooved tyres, removal of traction control systems and the actual physical configuration of the hairpin corner itself could all be probable causes for this situation."

In the end, everything held together making the track a non-factor in the race's results.


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