• Nov 18, 2008
Organizers, fans and media alike were shocked when the news broke that Formula One Management and the FIA had canceled the perennial Canadian Grand Prix, but the prospect remained open for local officials to renegotiate the contract. We're disappointed to report, however, that those prospects have now all but completely dissipated, as negotiations between the sport's commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone and representatives from the Canadian federal, Quebec provincial and Montreal municipal governments have broken down. And everyone's fingers are pointing at Bernie.

According to Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay, Ecclestone put forward an outrageous proposal extorting exorbitant multi-million-dollar fees from the race organizers, who receive backing from the three levels of government. The Canadian representatives then began considering levying a new tax over local hotels to cover the cost and planning to establish a non-profit organization to come up with a fiscally sound counter-offer, but even those prospects were completely shut down when Ecclestone stated his refusal to budge from his terms whatsoever. And so, with the US Grand Prix still out of the running – for the time being, at least – the top level of motor racing has completely abandoned North America altogether.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Lluis Gene/Getty]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to F Bernie in the 1!

      Okay, sorry that's all I got and it's still early for me and no coffee yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      F1 is dead. It's nothing more than a travelling carnival for the ultra rich. As far as seat of the pants racing goes, it's a bore. Let's hope the people in Montreal are smart enough to bring CART or ALMS to that wonderful circuit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JK: I felt the need to sound off...I don't consider F1 "dead"...you can't blame the series for what out-of-touch-with-the-fans Bernie is doing to NA...as far as CART and ALMS...I agree with you on ALMS, but CART!?,seriuosly, I can't even name anyone in CART anymore! And I do wish F1 would pay more attention and learn a little something from ALMS where the drivers are still approacheable and kind to their fans;but that goes back to to the head cheese...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Luis... take a look at the '09 aero packages the teams are currently testing... the BMW Sauber makes me think the Indy Car (IRL) Dallara is a beauty queen! The tall skinny rear wing is especially FUGLY.

        CART died years ago Champ Car World Series (CCWS) ran its last race at Long Beach this year. The ex CCWS teams that had IRL race victories this year included Graham Rahal & Justin Wilson (both driving for Newman Haas Racing).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dunno about that considering last year F1 had 597 million viewers(haven't seen any numbers of this year). F1 is carnival on move, but that dosen't make it bad. There's rich(no pun intended) and very long history behind it, but it's really intresting to see how F1 evolves. I do agree that Bernie can go to hell thought ;)

        Can't wait for next season with new regulations!
      • 6 Years Ago
      He is such a douche. I would much rather watch ALMS instead of F1 anyway, but I do like F1 for the technology.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bernie doesnt care about the fans whatsoever. All he cares about F1 is how to make more profits from the hosting country and the tv commercial rights. F*k him i hope that old stinky man got a heart attack, stroke, or beaten up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in Montreal and i know the passion that everyon up here had for the race. The city truly would transform and it basically meant the beginning of summer for us. I hope we get it back someday. Apart from that fck Bernie. And by the way, not sure if you heard, but the Chinese Grand Prix might pull the plug because they feel not enough are interested, they don't sell many tickets and its expensive to host. Secondly, this year, australia lost 27$ million on the grand prix and are considering cutting their loses. France pulled out a couple of weeks back because of the economic conditions going on right now, and Germany is contiplating the same thing.
      Once all is done, Bernie is gonna have to call it the Middle Eastern Grand Prix Championship, since all he enjoy is oil money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This was the best weekend of the year in Montréal. I'll sure miss it, but I think they'll find something else, I hope for ALMS, at least it's a REAL SPORT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        12hrs at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve sounds like a better idea then an F1 race any way. And that's coming from a guys that has been driving up to Montreal for the GP for the past 7 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keep it up, Max and Bernie. The manufacturers will form their own series, and abandon F1 altogether.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate Bernie with a passion!! Max i hate a little less but not much. We really need an F1 race in NA.........
      • 6 Years Ago
      I recorded the F1 race while I went to Monterey for ALMS. Still haven't watched it. Now I know why.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's face it Bernie wanted more money than what he had previously agreed to ask for until 2011.

      The federal and provincial governments even offered an increase to what was previously agreed to but since Bernie can get more money elsewhere and since the govenments didn't want to guarantee the F1 profits and cut into their own profits (to hand them over to F1/Bernie)... Bernie cancelled the race.

      How old is this guy anyways??? Shouldn't he retire already and let the F1 be run by people who were born in the last 100 years?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bernie's greed is killing F1, but he's crafty enough to know as long as he keeps enough F1 fan support in Europe he can do as he pleases every where else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There must be a deeper motive to this... but for the life of me I fail to see what it is.
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