Canada back on 2010 F1 calendar

The 2010 F1 calendar will include a Canadian Grand Prix

The 2010 F1 calendar will include a Canadian Grand Prix

The Canadian Grand Prix will return to the F1 calendar in 2010 after being missing from the 2009 schedule.

Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will host the 41st world championship round in Canada.

It has held a race at the track every year since 1978 except for 1987 – due to a sponsorship dispute – and 2009.

This is great news for F1 and the hundreds of thousands of fans who pack into the Montreal circuit for the Grand Prix.

F1 crowds have been very poor at several races this year – particularly Turkey. But the Canadian race can be relied upon to be sold to capacity even when the local fans don’t have a home driver to cheer on.

As well as being a great venue for the race, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve brings an interesting mix of challenges that often provides exciting races. It’s very hard on brakes, and drivers know they risk contact with the barriers if they make the slightest mistake.

Montreal was left off the 2009 calendar amid claims the promoter had failed to pay money owned to FOM. When the race was dropped one minister said:

Unless [Bernie Ecclestone] eases his requirements and adopts a different approach, there will be no Grand Prix in Montreal in 2009.

It’s not known yet whether Ecclestone did drop his price, or whether some new arrangement has been struck. However the previous promoter Norman Legault has stepped down from his role.

The last two races at the circuit were dramatic affairs. Robert Kubica incredibly escaped injury in a violent crash in 2007. Lewis Hamilton scored his maiden win that day, and Kubica did the same 12 months later.

But Hamilton infamously retired from the last race after running into Kimi Raikkonen in the pit lane. During the build-up to that race there were worries about the integrity of the track surface, which broke up during qualifying.

The first world championship Canadian Grand Prix was held at Mosport in 1967 and won by Jack Brabham. It’s great to see a historic venue returning to the F1 calendar, back where it belongs, and I’ll be surprised if anyone has a bad word to say about the news in the comments.

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60 comments on Canada back on 2010 F1 calendar

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  1. HounslowBusGarage said on 14th September 2009, 19:51

    Nope. No bad words at all. Very pleased that Montreal will be back next year. It’s an exacting track which even though it’s flat, offers a tremendous variety of curves and challenges. And of course, it’s return to North America!

  2. HounslowBusGarage said on 14th September 2009, 19:53

    Incidentally, the confirmed 2010 calendar is a bit late this year isn’t it, or am I remembering incorrectly?

  3. Glad its back, but we still have to endure 5 or more years of Valencia.

    Other news: Santander staying with Mclaren LINK

  4. Tom Watson said on 14th September 2009, 20:00

    Yay :D

  5. It’s always good to see F1 at a venue where people actually come see the races isn’t it?

    The circus is getting closer to me.

  6. A race I’ve always looked forward to, and I do like watching an early evening Grand Prix in the UK. I hope Bernie doesn’t decide to make it a “morning race”.

    A year off’s probably a fair punishment for the track that fell apart in 2008. That was the biggest shambles since…well, the USGP 3 years before.

  7. Ned Flanders said on 14th September 2009, 20:18

    Good news- it’s an OK track, in a country with a strong F1 history and enthusiastic fans. And best of all it usually produces an eventful race.

    Now the next big Canadian F1 question is… will any team boss be crazy enough to give Jacques Villeneuve another chance to race at Montreal in 2010?!?

  8. LC Coelho said on 14th September 2009, 20:21

    a big YAY from Montréal!

  9. I’d like to think Kimi is Canada’s adopted home driver.

  10. J-Canada said on 14th September 2009, 20:23

    Yes! I am so happy that its back on! I attended in 2008 and had a fantastic time and look forward to going next year! Not only is the track great, but the atmosphere in Montreal is amazing during GP weekend!

  11. sato113 said on 14th September 2009, 20:29

    i think this is where Keith got the news from-

  12. rampante said on 14th September 2009, 20:32

    Glad to see this. It has always been a good track for drivers and the very loyal Canadian fans. At last a good move by Bernie

  13. A victory for the fans for once.

  14. RedGreen said on 14th September 2009, 20:38

    Great news. Canada has always been one of my favourites to watch – it seems to be conducive to good racing and drama as Keith says. Along with the incidents mentioned, Alesi’s only victory in ’95, Schumacher’s dramatic win in ’98, the ‘Wall of Champions’ claiming it’s illustrious victims in ’99 and Sato’s heroics in ’07 all come to mind.

  15. steph90 said on 14th September 2009, 20:42

    Just one thing to say…


  16. paxdog57 said on 14th September 2009, 20:44

    Hopefully this is a return to tracks where the fans want to go. The Montreal track location allows fans the ability to enjoy the nite life, restaurants and activities that occur in the downtown streets. It is also one of the few opportunities to see a F1 driver in the north america.

  17. I have a bad word to say. This deal is a year late.

  18. F1Outsider said on 14th September 2009, 20:49

    About plucking time!!!

  19. F1Ripper said on 14th September 2009, 20:54

    Great news, f1 needs to remember its history a bit more to say the least. What do folks here think about imola, will it ever make it back?

  20. rampante said on 14th September 2009, 21:09

    Would love to see Imola back with the old Tamburello would be even better.With design and safety it could be re introduced. That would be worth the return.It is also only an hour and a half from me so yes please!

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