Montreal contract extended

Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault, Montreal, 2005The Canadian Grand Prix will remain at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal for a further five years. A group lobbying on behalf of Toronto had approached Midland F1 boss Alex Schnaider about pitching for a Grand Prix in the rival city, but without a suitable circuit (the Champ Car venue presumably not being adequate) the plans came to nought.

The Villeneuve circuit is one of the more interesting venues on a calendar of increasingly homogenous tracks. The vibrant city life makes it one of the most popular F1 destinations. The race was under threat after the banning of tobacco sponsorship in the area from 2004, but an accommodation with the sponsors was reached.

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