• Sep 16, 2009

Felipe Massa passes the casino on Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

It's only been a year, but it's been a long one for Formula One fans in North America. Last year Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA canceled the Canadian Grand Prix – a regular fixture of the F1 calendar and the only stop the circus makes in North America – when race organizers and local governments rejected demands for increased fees. Negotiations failed to bring the race back, but following purported pressure from the remaining manufacturers in the series and renewed contact with officials on the ground, the race has been confirmed to return for next season.

According to previous reports, Ecclestone's demand of $175 million to secure the race for several years was reduced to just $75 million, a price which supporting parties are apparently willing and able to pay in order to bring the grand prix back to the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Paul Gilham/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Any word on a date for this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Searching for cheap flights and hotel now!! Yeah!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I can spare the cash and time off I'm totally flying there next year!
      • 5 Years Ago
      and awesome news for us, Montrealers who like to party
      • 5 Years Ago
      ..and awesome news for us Torontonians who like to party with those sexy 18 year old Montrealers!
        • 5 Years Ago
        im from Florida your my kinda people :-D
        • 5 Years Ago
        The women in Montreal really are beautiful, I was floored the first time I went up there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree about those gals up there. I Love visiting Montreal!
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I went to the Montreal GP in 2006, I and the rest of the group I was with could not believe how beautiful all the women were in Montreal! I really wanted to move there lol. With that said I'm happy to hear it's coming back!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 75M$ might be a little understated. Remember the original reason was the promoter debt to FOM of 50-60M$. The 175M$ demanded last year included the payment of the debt. The 75M$ does not include the debt, which I can only guess FOM wants to get it's hands on.

      This might be in the way of extra revenue from ticket and track activities going to FOM and not the organizer.

      But still, I will take a race in my hometown any day of the week!

      Salut Gilles!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So basically Bernie was overcharging them by $100 Mil then... glad Canada's back. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        exactly. The guy is a greedy bastard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome news! Now if only we can get a USGP back as well!
        • 5 Years Ago
        At Watkin's Glen
        • 5 Years Ago
        After watching the Nascar race at the Glen this summer, I'm not sure it's such a good idea for F1 to go back there. As narrow as parts of that track are for stock cars, if you get an F1 car going significantly faster wrecking at the same spot things are going to get ugly. Now Road Atlanta... :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cant wait! I've gone the past 6 years straight(minus this season of course) and i gotta agree with everyone else, the women on crescent street are ridiculous!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bernie finally makes an intelligent decision.
      jsteenboy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, I can hardly wait. F1 like TOTALLY Rocks!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes BACK IN MY CITAYYY WOUHOUUU!!!
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