The Canadian Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2009 F1 calendar in a shock move as the FIA published full details of next year’s schedule.
No reason has been given for the deletion of the Montreal race, held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The Canadian round has been plagued by problems with its surface at recent races, which were especially severe during this year’s Grand Prix.
But there had been no prior indication that the round might be dropped. The race was on the provisional 2009 F1 calendar. It was last missing from the calendar in 1987 due to sponsorship reasons.
Canada’s absence means next year’s calendar has 18 races instead of 19.
The FIA has not explained why the Canadian round has been dropped. It’s one of the most popular and well-attended races on the F1 calendar, held at a distinctive track which has been part of the F1 calendar for three decades.
Canada has loads of dedicated F1 fans and even though it hasn’t had an F1 driver since Jacques Villeneuve two years ago they’ve continued to support their Grand Prix. It’s a terrible shame Montreal is no longer on the calendar, and that F1 now has no North American round at all.
2009 F1 calendar
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