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Canadian GP ticket system felled by tree

Crashes aren’t unknown at Formula 1 events, but a rather unexpected collision at the Canadian Grand Prix’s ticket offices led to a queue stretching around half a kilometre.

Strong winds in Montreal on Sunday caused a tree trunk to snap and hit one of the two ticket offices as fans began to arrive at the venue at about 10am.

While one person was inside the booth hit by the tree, fortunately no injuries were reported, according to CBC News.

With the booths out of action, huge queues began to develop as people who bought tickets online — and needed to have them printed out — waited for organisers to come up with a solution.

The ticketing service was only back up and running early in the afternoon as staff set up printers and an internet connection.

A crowd of more than 100,000 Formula 1 fans eventually gained entry to the race on Notre Dame Island as Britain’s Lewis Hamilton achieved victory for the third year in a row.

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