• Oct 7, 2008


Everyone's surprised as the FIA has announced it is canceling the Canadian Grand Prix. Those in the world of F1 racing have come to know the event as a staple of the F1 calendar. Racing fans in Montreal, this writer's home town that has hosted the race for the past three decades, are shocked to lose the event. And that includes the race organizers, who apparently learned of the news the same way the rest of us have.

The cancellation of the race leaves a month-long gap in the race calendar in August of next season, and with the U.S. Grand Prix off the schedule the past few years, means F1 will stay completely out of North America. And save for the Brazilian Grand Prix, out of the Western Hemisphere altogether. But the trip across the Atlantic for the one race cost the teams dearly, and the sport's organizers have been on a crusade to cut costs. No doubt the officials at le Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be burning up the phone lines to Formula One Management and the FIA, and organizers in far-flung Rio de Janeiro and Melbourne will be waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip.

[Source: F1-Live, Photo by CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      This has happened many times before with other tracks, only to have them reappear. This is the PROVISIONAL calendar, and is not set in stone by any means. More than likely Bernie is playing financial hardball with the organizers, or trying to force them into an early start time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Noah,

      The Brazilian Grand Prix is actually held in Sao Paulo not Rio BTW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sad and pissed.

      Definitely hate F1 a bit more now. I can't see a reason other than money for this.

      This is certainly not for the good of the fans. Where are the fans in Dubai and Bahrain? They aren't fans just people flexing their financial muscle.

      Ever since Indy 05 has the FIA made it clear their intentions are not good racing and a fan friendly system. they may lead on to this but I just can't see it anymore. Look at how many people have been caught out in caution pit stops and the FIA still hasn't changed the rules.

      I'm really pissed and have canceled plans to purchase merchandise and tickets. I know Bernie won't care, nor will Max, it will make me feel better, though. Too bad, there is so much potential with F1, oh well, it's not worth being spit at by Europeans and other Inconsequential countries (Turkey gets a G.P.? Why?)

      I'll miss the fun F1 but I certainly won't miss F1 the way it is now. I fear I won't be able to avoid it, however.

      Watch Max Mosely isn't going to resign like he promised this month either. Mark those words.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me why I stopped watching F1. They wanna kill off the old history-rich tracks everyone is familiar with and love and instead add new ones no one gives a _____ about. Who still watches this? Go watch rallying or Le Mans.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The race organizers learned of the cancellation through the news media - apparently it was too expensive for the FIA to make a long distance phone call. Really classy Bernie, really classy.

      Pdexter:

      "In 2005, the Canadian Grand Prix was the third most watched sporting event in the world behind only Super Bowl XXXIX between New England and Philadelphia and the UEFA Champions League final featuring Liverpool and AC Milan."
      http://www.tsn.ca/auto_racing/story/?id=251923&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_main

      Small viewership indeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't they just stop shipping so much excess? Back in the real heyday of F1 there was alot less material being shipped back and forth.

      Hell they ship the fuel! Why not make a series that can sustain itself with a couple cars, drivers and a 20 person team. Spares? make the engines run parts that are commercially available. Tires? Use tires that other race series globally already use.

      F1 is too bespoke, thats why it costs so damn much. Funny that NASCAR is the opposite being so standardized. But you can actually stick a NASCAR lump in a prostreet Chevy or Hotrod. You can't even dream of sticking the F107 Ferrari mill into your Enzo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The hell with Formula 1, seriously. It's not about the fans or the racing, it never has been--it's about money. Dropping an historic, cherished event like Montreal, in front of hundreds of thousands of dedicated race fans and Villeneuve worshippers, for friggin' Abu-Dabi!? Are you f**ckin KIDDING ME!? Yet another track in the middle of a desert, dusty and boring and ugly, without any soul. All so they can have more oil barons toss money around and act like they give a damn about racing. I almost, ALMOST started to enjoy F1 again this season, but they can go to hell. Again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      F1 is slowly being neutered. Price caps, engine & aero restrictions, removal of some of the more established and iconic GPs, f*cked up rules and regs... I'm too much of a fan to abandon ship just yet but it looks like every season I lose a little bit more interest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      F1 has always been a European racing series that happens to go to other continents. Personally it is looking like Europe and Asia are going to be the arenas for F1.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The F1 not just going out from some Europeen circuit too. St-Martin is out too. Bernie bring the F1 where the money go, and the money is outgoing some europeen circuit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First Indy now Montreal. whats next? at least get rid of hockenheim and hungary they've been asking for it. those races are boring and the old hockenheim was better. back to the point, it looks like instead of being international its just gonna be hemispherical.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever. Bernie wants sanctioning fees. New venues generally pay higher fees.

      Yes, it's long-term stupid, but then again, so is Bernie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sucks, it was a cool race.

      Why does F1 think there are only 2 continents in the world?
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