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Racing at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix

It has been announced today that negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone over next years Canadian Grand Prix have come to an end. After a shock move in October, the Montreal race was dropped off the second provisional calendar, despite the huge fan base in Canada.  A glimmer of hope for the event was offered following the withdrawal of the French Grand Prix, but the local government could not afford the amount Ecclestone was demanding for the race.

The Mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, released a statement saying: “Despite our endeavours and those of the business community, the unreasonable demands of Formula One exceeded the taxpayer’s ability to pay.” The local minister of tourism added: “We worked very hard over the past few weeks to ensure there would be a grand prix in Montreal, while staying fiscally responsible. We cannot meet Mr. Ecclestone’s unworkable demands.”

This move leaves no races in North America for the 2009 season and, providing no more events drop out before the final calendar is released in December, just 17 rounds of the world championship.

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Shanghai Scenery

The FIA has released an updated version of the 2009 Formula 1 calendar. The third provisional schedule published for 2009 sees the Chinese Grand Prix moving to round three from it’s usual end of season slot. The race will be held on April 19th, seven months after the penultimate round of the 2008 season took place in China.

Other changes include the withdrawal of the French Grand Prix which leaves just 17 races, meaning the season finale at Abu Dhabi will take place two weeks earlier. The Canadian Grand Prix has not yet found a way back onto the calendar, but negotiations are likely to be taking place, so not all hope is lost. Also, the opening rounds of the season in Australia and Malaysia will start at a later time for European audiences, as will the Japanese race.

The FIA also announced that the final draft of the 2009 schedule will be released in mid-December. The full 2009 calendar can be found here.

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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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