The unexpected street-race warning F1 must heed

The unexpected street-race warning F1 must heed

Formula 1 has explored the possibility of multiple new street circuits in recent months. But this pursuit of city-centre racing has several flaws

The surprise election defeat for Montreal mayor Denis Coderre earlier this week could be bad news for the Formula E race on the streets of the Quebec city, and is a timely warning to Formula 1 as it considers a future calendar packed with street races.

The Montreal street circuit was one of the best to have featured on the all-electric racing series calendar so far. Wide boulevards, genuine elevation changes and challenging corners mixed with the ubiquitous chicanes and 90-degree bends to create a track that not only wouldn't have looked out of place on the 1990s CART calendar, but was universally enjoyed by the drivers.

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