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Canadian Grand Prix 2023

Wildfires lead to questions over Canadian Grand Prix

The next race on the calendar could face trouble as wildfires spread across Canada and affect major cities.

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Questions have been raised over whether the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix could be affected by the intense wildfires spreading across the region.

More than 400 fires are burning across Canada with 150 fires alone in Quebec, leading to dangerous smoky conditions across surrounding major cities in Canada and parts of North America.

The smoke has reached as far as New York City, which has been covered in an orange smog haze over the last 48 hours and endured the worst pollution of any major city.

As a result millions of people have been advised to wear N95 masks outdoors due to poor air quality levels. Major League Baseball games were also postponed in New York and Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Conditions have been worsening over Toronto on Thursday according to Environment Canada, which has prompted the agency to issue a warning to stay indoors.

At the moment there is no indication that the Canadian Grand Prix will be under threat, RacingNews365.com understands. The event is taking place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve located in Montreal, and due to be held between 16th and 18th June.

Rain is also predicted in the weather forecast over the next seven days, which should ease any threat to the event.

An F1 spokesperson said: "We have been assured by all the relevant information that the situation in Montreal at this time is different to other parts of the country and Northern US and the risk remains low and air quality is good in Montreal."

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