No Canadian GP on 2009 F1 calendar

The 2009 F1 calendar has no space for the Canadian Grand Prix

The 2009 F1 calendar has no space for the Canadian Grand Prix

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

Rnd Date Event Circuit
1 27-29 March Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Mebourne
2 3-5 April Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
3 17-19 April Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
4 8-10 May Spanish Grand Prix Montmelo, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
5 21-24 May Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo
10 5-7 June Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park
6 19-21 June British Grand Prix Silverstone
7 26-28 June French Grand Prix Magny-Cours
8 10-12 July German Grand Prix Nurburgring
9 24-26 July Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
11 21-23 August European Grand Prix Valencia Street Circuit
12 28-30 August Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
13 11-13 September Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza
14 25-27 September Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Street Circuit (night race)
15 9-11 October Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka
16 16-18 October Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit
17 30 October – 1 November Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
18 13-15 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Island

2009 F1 season
2009 F1 calendar

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  1. Patrick said on 9th October 2008, 5:57

    Ludicrous – the most watched, best attended and probably most fun stop on the tour is lifted “sans explination”.

    It’s pathetic Bernie.

    If you want a better track, then say so. If you want more money, then say so. If just don’t want the “hassle” of a trip across Atlantic, then say so. Just quit acting like a spoiled child. Seriously, grow up and start acting like a man.

  2. Polak said on 9th October 2008, 5:57

    Gman suggested that the N Americans should keep up their interest in F1 to prove critics wrong. This I do not agree with. There is not a single race on next years calendar that comes on at a decent hour. I have to wake up early morning on Saturday and Sunday to watch a GP. Many times I have to fight away sleep because nothing happens. I say **** it. If they don’t want to race in N America why should I go out of my way to watch other GPs? I like F1 a lot but its become more of a chore than entertainment.

    I was going to pack my car next year and take a drive to the Canadian GP, this axe really makes me mad!

    One thing that wasn’t mentioned is F1 responsibility to the host nation/city. Imagine how many small businesses in Montreal rely and plan on the Canadian GP that had a valid contract to 2011. It’s outrageous for F1 to just cut a venue with no heads up! This should stir up a lot of outrage, even from parties not directly involved. Other venues need to take notice and put some pressure on Ecclestone and FIA

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th October 2008, 11:40

    The teams are trying to get Canada back on the schedule: story.

  4. Wow. I didn’t see that coming at all. And not happy about it.

    Might this be the impetus we need for the break away series we keep hearing about, but never actually seems to happen?

  5. Polak, you make some very good statements with your last two paragraphs, but in reference to my point, what I mean is that someday, God willing, a different attitude will prevail among those who make the decisions on what nations get GPs. I wish Bernie a long and healthy life, and hopefully the change I speak of will come in the form of him realising the importance of North America and Europe, and therefore brining some events back here- he showed a sign of that at Spa and hopefully both the Canadain and U.S. races will be back. But in any event, hopefully someday the tide will shift back to our shores- the teams and sponsors demand it, and hopefully they will get their wishes soon. When it dose, the good people who visit sites like this will be here waiting for it- very simple issue.

  6. blinking marvelous i was planning trip to see relatives over there at that time,to visit gp

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