Friday, June 19, 2009

Quebec Government Confirms Talks To Bring Back Canadian Grand Prix In 2010

Photo: Formula One driver McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, right, from Britain, leads the pack into the Senna corner to start the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve during Sunday, June 8, 2008 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

From Canadian Press:

QUEBEC — Negotiations are underway with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone for a potential return of the popular Canadian Grand Prix to Montreal in 2010, Quebec Finance Minister Raymond Bachand confirmed Thursday.

Istanbul took Montreal's spot on the circuit this year but this month's race in Turkey was hamstrung by poor attendance. "It's common sense that Montreal should have a Formula One Grand Prix," Bachand said.

"You saw how many people were in Istanbul this month - 30,000 people.

"We get 300,000 for the entire weekend," Bachand said.

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My Comment: The F1 is undergoing a considerable amount of turmoil and disagreement with its racing teams right now .... this is why the F1 is now trying to lock down possible venues that an alternative F1 may grab .... a fact that should not surprise anyone.

From my point of view .... Montreal has always been great for F1, from a business perspective its dropping from the schedule was short sighted and stupid.

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