Overtime!: Montreal loses the Formula One Grand Prix.
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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Montreal loses the Formula One Grand Prix.

As we were remembering and celebrating the first Formula One victory of Gilles Villeneuve thirty years ago this week, a bombshell hitted the organization led by Normand Legault.

Bernie Ecclestone unveiled a version of the 2009 calendar this week and the Canadian Grand Prix is not on the list. The 2009 calendar was supposed to contain a total of 19 races but is now only showing 18. The Canadian Grand Prix is nowhere to be found on the list.

In reaction to this fact yesterday, Normand Legault, the only remaining private Formula One race promoter, announced that he and his company (Grand Prix du Canada) are retiring themselves and will not negotiate for any future Formula One Grand Prix to be held in Montreal. The amount of money asked by Bernie Ecclestone to run again in Montreal is too much for Legault and his company. In a word, the Canadian Grand Prix is officially dead.

The only way that another Formula One race could be held on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit is through a negotiation with the Canadian government. This is the way that the other Grand Prix are negotiated right now and there is no alternate way to negotiate for the ''money hungry'' Bernie Ecclestone.

There is a waiting list coming from all around the globe to organize an event to replace Montreal and Bernie knows it too well. He will ignore the fact that the majority of the pilots and crew chiefs appreciate the city and the event itself for him to earn even more money.

As they say, there are no feelings in business.

(Picture: Gilles Villeneuve circuit, Canadian Press.)



Anonymous Andreas (from F1T;) ) said...

Hi Frank!

Do you know anything about how V.Leino has played in the pre-season games? Why was he put to the AHL? He´s a genius! :D

I´ve heard rumours that he would come back to Jokerit and play here until next season when he probably will be good enough for Detroit. Is this just bullsh..? Keep the blog going ;)

4:31 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Ville Leino has a 1-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings and was sent back to their farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

My guess is that he will not be back with jokerit and will play in Grand Rapids and be available for the Red Wings if the team encounters injury problems.

Thank you for your question. :)

5:56 PM  

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