2009 French Grand Prix cancelled

F1 will not race at Magny-Cours in 2009

F1 will not race at Magny-Cours in 2009

The French Grand Prix has been cancelled for 2009 in a surprise move by the event organisers, the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile. The FFSA issued the following statement:

After examining the economic situation, the FFSA renounces to be the financial promoters of a Formula One Grand Prix. As a result, and as long as a promoter capable of succeeding the FFSA has not been identified, the French Grand Prix will not be able to feature on the FIA international calendar in 2009.

The news comes just eight days after the Canadian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2009 F1 schedule with no warning.

The 2009 F1 calendar, which originally had 19 events on it, is now reduced to 17.

France has held a round of the F1 world championship every year since the series began in 1950, except in 1955, when it was cancelled following the Le Mans disaster. The first Grand Prix was held in France in 1906.

Bernie Ecclestone threatened to cancel the French Grand Prix this year and reinstated it. He did the same with the 2009 race as well, and it is public knowledge that he is looking for alternative hosts for the race. At least four potential venues have been rumoured.

Is the Magny-Cours round F1’s first victim of the credit crunch? Or is this an inevitable consequence of Bernie Ecclestone pushing race fees ever higher?

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33 comments on 2009 French Grand Prix cancelled

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  1. Is the Magny-Cours round F1’s first victim of the credit crunch? Or is this an inevitable consequence of Bernie Ecclestone pushing race fees ever higher?

    I’d say both.

  2. Matthew said on 15th October 2008, 19:53

    If it is a result of the credit crunch, then i can’t imagine there won’t be other circuits in similar situations. It would be a pity if this was the case.

    As for the circuit, i’m not incredibly sad to see it go. The circuit really has provided some shocking racing in recent years.

  3. sven duva said on 15th October 2008, 20:09

    I have never liked that circuit, so I’m not that sad to see it go. However, if we really start to see the effect of the credit crunch, then others will follow. Will Hungary make it or do they pay a low fee? Also, Donington… Will they be able to raise money for the revamp? I have my doubts… I guess there will be a calendar in 2010 without a North American, French or British GP. Never really thought that would happen.

  4. donwatters said on 15th October 2008, 20:10

    It’s sad but not unexpected. Magny-Cours was never anyone’s favorite venue. Let’s hope they can put together another venue that makes better economic sense.

  5. I can envisage in the not-too-distant future that this Credit Crunch business will just send F1 out to the Middle and Far East as all the traditional European circuits go the same way as Magny Bore…

  6. Magny-Cours is quite welcome to drop off the calendar, but the French GP itself should be saved.

  7. Hmmm On a separate Note RBS is not doing well, which means future of Williams looks in good shape.
    There are other financial institutions in F1 like ING, Santander. I wonder how their bosses are reviewing the sponsorships to F1 team

    Motor Sports will have to revisit the Tobacco Ban in sports. Financial Institutions backing teams have been recent addition to sport and was seen as wider acceptance of F1.

    Lots of Backer from Middle-East had bailed out some of the financial institutions that were ailing in the year 2007. Is it time to get them involved in F1.. Questions Questions and More Questions :-?

    Magny Cours Out of Calendar, I won’t lose sleep over it. But in general both the Credit and Credibility (lack of governance and inconsistencies)Crunch are here to hurt future of F1 :-(

  8. Patrick said on 15th October 2008, 21:34

    oh wonderful. this opens up another option for a Paris GP street circuit. How exciting. :-(

  9. Seedy001 said on 15th October 2008, 21:59

    Could there be alternative motives here?

    The teams want a 3 week summer break, so FOM and the FIA get rid of Canada to allow for one. Then there is an outburst over the lack of a North American race and the FOTA look into ways to get Canada reinstated.

    Maybe, with Bernie looking at Disneyland for 2010, he had a few private words with the FFSA, telling them F1 will be back in 2010…?

  10. Terry Fabulous said on 15th October 2008, 22:10

    Surely they can run it at Paul Ricard TTT.

    The hard thing to build (A top track) is already there.
    All they would need to do is get stands, toilets, food and drink concessions and some way of getting in and out.

    I wonder who runs Ricard now…. hmmmmmmmm.
    ; ) !!

  11. Scootin159 said on 15th October 2008, 22:31

    Does this mean there’s now room for the Canadian GP?

  12. Leslie said on 15th October 2008, 22:31

    Nobody went to the races at Paul Ricard when they were held………..but given that the fans are a pain in the neck for the little man, that might suit him.

  13. i have to say it is indeed sad that the French GP has been lost, althrough a route back for Canada perhaps??

  14. francois said on 15th October 2008, 22:54

    Nobody went to the races at Paul Ricard when they were held………..but given that the fans are a pain in the neck for the little man, that might suit him.

    How ironic it is what you’ve said seeing as they’ve got rid of all the grandstands and tarmacked over all the gravel traps there :)

    I liked Magny-Cours in that it was a nice smart venue and always looked good on TV but I have to agree that with it being in the middle of nowhere it’s been on dodgy ground for some time now – that’s why I think that the A1-Ring got pulled from the calendar (and it produced much better racing).

  15. haha quality, typical managment mistake right there, as in from FOM.

    Good on magny cours, shame its not in France next year (the race), but still. Did FOM not expect a cancellation?, much like they do to other race tracks?.

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