• Mar 31, 2009
Abu Dhabi is scheduled to hold its first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix on November 11 of this year. Due to tight capital, though, it is being reported that the event's organizers are behind on the building schedule for the race track and new support hotels. If that race gets replaced, rumor has it that Montreal will be asked to step up. Montreal would certainly get our sympathy vote -- the city's grand prix site still features a timer that is busy counting down to nothing...

For his part, Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay has been speaking to Bernie Ecclestone about bringing F1 back to Montreal in 2010, and Quebec's gem could be slotted into an October space to substitute for the Middle Eastern race. Tremblay said he doesn't want to consider a one-off event, he wants a long term contract that brings F1 conclusively back to Montreal. Thanks for the tip, Pat.

[Source: F1 Live]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a wee bit cold to race here in Massachusetts in October. Montreal is probably even worse. I think it'd be disappointing to see them race there so late in the year.
      -N
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree... BUT they did run Watkins Glen & Mosport (the old Canadian GP home) in October back in the day... ???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somebody didn't read the more recent news item about this on F1 Live....

      http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/090330184918.shtml

      Abu Dhabi denies 2009 F1 debut facing delay

      "Progress on the construction of Yas Marina Circuit (...) is on track and there are no concerns regarding delivery deadlines," a statement issued by ADMM read.


      It's unfortunate, but I doubt Montreal will be back this year. Next year is a high possibility with the addition of USGP to the field.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wish they would come back to america also.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bernie the former high price hooker has turned into a cheap slut. Montreal should say they'll do the race if he pays them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not gonna happen. The calendar is set. Next year maybe but won't happen this year
      David Ederer
      • 5 Years Ago
      The mayor is right, Montreal puts on a great show, tell F1 to take a hike. Montreal can find another series and might make a few bucks in the process.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @David Ederer
        Yep... ALMS & IRL Weekend (with Atlantics, F-BMW, & Star Mazda on bill too)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think they'd be able to safely race in Montreal that late in the year. Look at last weekend's Australian GP, temps in the 90's and they still had problems getting heat in the tires. If anything, I think this is a rumor to generated by Bernie to light a fire under the Abu Dhabi promoters. To substitute a race in November they would need to find someplace located a lot farther south than Montreal. Maybe Imola? Conjecture on my part, but IMO the race will stay in Abu Dhabi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A bit off topic, but the track is open all year to the public. It is split up the middle, the left side is for cyclists and pedestrians. I took my room mate driving for the first time in my impreza there last fall. Its limited to 30 km/h, but on the hairpin and across the finish line the road is only for cars. I really hope they bring it back next year, I love hearing the whining engines in the humid summer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see Montreal return but I don't think it will happen this year. F1 needs to renew both the Canadian and USGP and do them on back to back weekends just like they used to. It makes it easier on the teams to have two races on a flyaway.

      But also Montreal needs to really get serious about fixing the track at the hairpin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, so F1 needs a prom date but the hot girl isn't available....why not call the ex. But, if the hottie ever gets her sh_t together, well let's throw the ex out again like yesterday's trash. Completely pathetic top tier management!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ummmm, I meant hot as in the latest and newest. I'm surprised you didn't tell me that the track wasn't really a girl at all. *Claps
        • 5 Years Ago
        You think the track at Abu Dhabi is the hot girl? Puh-lease. The Montreal track is one of the hottest tracks anywhere...not just in location beauty but also in terms of driving fun. Long straights and tight corners ahhh. It's reminds me of my personal fav (also no longer on the calendar) Imola.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The organizer better fixes the track asap. Having a track that's falling apart is a disgrace, and is dangerous to the drivers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know... I thought there was a certain "charm" to being pegged by small bits of asphalt while I sat in the front row of the stands @ Casino hairpin !!!

        :) :) :) Yes, please fix that section!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be wise. It also makes F1 look like fools to drop it in the first place, which they were.
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