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Formula one returns to Canada after a year’s gap

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Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Satellite Photo

The last race at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was held in 2008, Robert Kubica was the man of the moment then who had taken the chequered flag. The race was cancelled for the 2009 season after the local authorities failed to reach a consensus with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone over money matters.

However this year, Provincial as well as Federal governments have pledged a lot of money to get the race back to Canada. A new five year deal worth 75 million USD was signed between the FIA and the Montreal Race representatives to ensure the survival of the Canadian grand prix fixture.

Bernard Ragueneau who is the co-president of the Crescent Street Merchants Association was quoted as saying :

“We should never have lost this Grand Prix in the first place,”

“The Grand Prix needs us as much as we need the Grand Prix” he said.

True we say, the heritage associated with the Gilles Villeneuve circuit is no less than the Hungarorings and the Hockenheims. And now with its return, the Canadian Grand Prix is the only formula one race in North America. Ofcourse the United States is also on a comeback trail as we had reported earlier with the formula one race planned in Austin, Texas instead of the earlier venue Indianapolis.

Written by Formula One Addict

June 10th, 2010 at 5:49 am

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