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Canadian F1 open day cancelled due to protest concerns // Potential protests put pay to some promotional activities

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Canadian F1 open day cancelled due to protest concerns
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This is F1Minute - Canadian F1 open day cancelled due to protest concerns.

Organisers of the Canadian Grand Prix have confirmed they are cancelling the planned open day for Thursday this week - where fans would have been allowed to walk the pitlane at the Montreal circuit and get that little bit closer to the F1 teams.

However, those in charge are concerned about the possibility of some serious protests by student groups who have targeted the event as a vehicle to air their concerns over tuition fees.

A statement says: “Following a serious examination of the situation, made necessary by public disruption threats and the difficulty to measure their precise validity, the organisers came to the conclusion that it is necessary to restrain access to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve... on the day preceding the first sessions on track.”

As yet, the circuit’s “Grand Evening” event, also on Thursday, has not been cancelled - it being a charity dinner and cocktail evening, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, and with several F1 drivers making an appearance.