Classic F1 for Montréal GP
Villeneuve T5 set to appear in Canadian showpiece
By Paul Lawrence
The global historic F1 car movement has received another major boost with news that the four-event Masters HGP series will open with a support race at the Canadian GP.
Organised by the US arm of the Masters organisation, the North American series for 3-litre F1 cars will deliver a field of 25 cars from the 1970s and 1980s for the June 7/8 event on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal.
The star car at this 45th running of the Canadian Grand Prix will be the ex-Villeneuve Ferrari 312T5, the car the French-Canadian took to fifth place in his home race in 1980.
“We couldn’t find a better moment to bring back some of the greatest cars seen in the past,” said event organiser François Dumontier. “As Montréal is hosting a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for the 35th time, we’re extremely proud to add Masters HGP to our programme.”
Ron Maydon from Masters HGP added: “We are thrilled to be part of an event with the prestige and heritage of the Canadian GP. For Masters HGP to be recognised as a support race to a modern-day F1 race is a massive honour and to open our 2014 season at a Grand Prix is a huge compliment to the series.”
In addition to the ex-Villeneuve Ferrari, the entry should include Mario Andretti’s 1976 Lotus 77, John Watson’s 1982 McLaren MP4/1B, Jody Scheckter’s 1978 Wolf WR6, Jan Lammers’s 1979 Shadow DN9 and Keke Rosberg’s 1983 Williams FW08C.