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Sebastian Vettel drives to the podium after his second race win

Sebastian Vettel drives to the podium in his RB5

Sebastian Vettel has claimed his second career win at the Shanghai International Circuit as rain and standing water made conditions difficult for the entire duration of the third race of 2009. It’s Red Bull’s first win in Formula 1 since their takeover of Jaguar at the end of 2004, and a 1-2 finish, with Mark Webber crossing the line in second. Championship leader Jenson Button finished third.

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It's certainly been an eventful few weeks...

It's certainly been an eventful few weeks...

So I ran out of time and took a break from posting for a couple of months and all I missed was the entire order of Formula 1 changing. I know this sport moves along quickly, but this is ridiculous! The last two races have been nothing short of spectacular, especially for someone who’s been supporting Honda for the last two years, and I write this on the eve of the Chinese Grand Prix, with no idea what to expect tomorrow morning other than F1 at it’s very best and craziest.

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The French motorsport federation have announced today that they will withdraw next years French Grand Prix from the 2009 championship for financial reasons, despite being included on the official calendar to hold round eight from June 26th to 28th.

In an earlier statement, the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile (FFSA) announced “After examining the economic situation, the FFSA renounces to be the financial promoters of a Formula One Grand Prix.” With no other race promoters available, this is likely to spell the end of F1 racing at the Magny-Cours circuit in France, which has been under threat of removal since 2007. The French Grand Prix has been an event in every Formula One championship, excluding 1955, and the race has been held at Magny-Cours since 1991. Whether the FFSA are considering hosting the French race at a new venue in the years following 2009 has yet to be announced.

This leaves next years calendar with just 17 events after the removal of the Canadian Grand Prix last week.

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In a shock move, the Canadian Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2009 F1 calendar, which was released by the FIA today. No reason has been given for the removal of the race held at the Canadian city of Montreal, with no prior indication that the event may be under pressure to stay on the calendar.

Canada has not been absent from the F1 calendar since 1987, and is one of the most popular and well attended races of each year. The decision to remove it sees no North American rounds on the calendar after the exclusion of the United States Grand Prix from the 2008 schedule. Canadian officials have confirmed that they had no warning the race may be in threat, prior to today’s announcement. This leaves 18 rounds of the 2009 championship, rather than the expected 19.

Other changes from the provisional calendar include Turkey moving to June from August and the Italian and Belgian races swapping back to this years order. The season will start later than usual with the regular three-week summer break in the mid-season and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the latest addition to the F1 circus. No word has been mentioned about the possible future revival of the US Grand Prix, however, after today’s decision it’s looking even more unlikely. The full calendar can be seen here.

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