Prior to attending the Montreal Grand Prix earlier this summer, my only method of differentiating cars was by colour. After attending the Montreal Grand Prix, my categorization skills are…pretty much the same. However, that’s not to say that I didn’t have a fantastic time!
You see, the best part about racing is that there really isn’t much to ‘get’. Unlike many other sports, there are virtually no rules (or at least no complicated ones) It’s as easy as on your marks, get set, go!
The day in question was a hot one and M and I had managed to secure a space at bends 6 and 7. This allowed for a great view of potentially risky (and therefore exciting) terrain.
After hours of sunshine and suspense -with supporting races featuring fast and faster cars – it was time for the main event!
But alas! Amongst all the excitement, we had lost our prime location (or more simply put, Lindsey is too polite and allows people to push in front). Therefore, once the first few laps were underway and the initial excitement had subsided, M and I ventured to another popular lookout for those without grandstand tickets – on the hill preceding the hairpin bend.
Despite missing a substantial portion of the race during our inner-track commute (but let’s be honest, 70 laps can be a little excessive), it was difficult to forget why we were there. The continuous, thunderous sound of 22 engines made quite sure of that.
The view from bend 10 offered us a far different experience; with a visible screen, speakers, a more passionate audience (as opposed to those more interested in partying) and the presence of the Montreal Biosphere. Here we stayed until the race concluded with a dramatic (but thankfully injury-less) collision and a first time win for Redbull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Strangely, it wasn’t until after the race that my favourite part of the day took place: walking the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. There’s something about setting foot on a track scattered with rubber from an international race that finished less than 30 minutes prior, that made the event feel more real.
It’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be opposed to travelling around the world to attend the numerous Grand Prix. If you are interested in attending one yourself as a dummy like me, check out 5 Things to Know Before Attending the Grand Prix