Gerald Tremblay, the mayor of Montreal and a big supporter of F1 in the city, has resigned amid a deepening corruption scandal. He has been in office for 11 years.
A public inquiry heard recently that Tremblay attended a meeting in which illegal donations for his party – Union Montreal – were discussed. Tremblay denies any wrongdoing.
Union Montreal allegedly collected illegal contributions from construction firms in return for municipal contracts.
This is all unrelated to the race, but it could effect F1 if his replacement is not as keen on the racing.