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Seles_Beckham
Aug 7th, 2003, 10:02 PM
The Canadian Grand Prix has been dropped from next year's Formula One calendar, a race organizer announced on Thursday.
Race promoter Normand Legault told a news conference that he had received a letter from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirming that Montreal would not be hosting a race in 2004 due to national anti-tobacco laws.

The legislation was announced in 1997, and the Montreal race was given a seven-year grace period before tough new laws curbing tobacco advertising at sporting events are introduced on 1 October.


This season's Canada GP was won by Ferrari's world champion Michael Schumacher.

The Gilles Villeneuve circuit, named after the late Ferrari ace, has been home to the event since 1977.

Legault said the decision will hurt the city because the weekend event in June has drawn crowds of more than 300,000.

"There's an important economic impact," Legault said.

"There will be an important negative impact on Montreal's tourism."

Last week, the 2004 Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps was reinstated after a year out when laws on tobacco advertising were watered down for sporting events

Martian Willow
Aug 7th, 2003, 10:50 PM
Well it's a start. Now they just have to get rid of the other 15 and I'll be happy. :)

Barrie_Dude
Aug 7th, 2003, 11:00 PM
The Canadian Grand Prix has been dropped from next year's Formula One calendar, a race organizer announced on Thursday.
Race promoter Normand Legault told a news conference that he had received a letter from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirming that Montreal would not be hosting a race in 2004 due to national anti-tobacco laws.

The legislation was announced in 1997, and the Montreal race was given a seven-year grace period before tough new laws curbing tobacco advertising at sporting events are introduced on 1 October.


This season's Canada GP was won by Ferrari's world champion Michael Schumacher.

The Gilles Villeneuve circuit, named after the late Ferrari ace, has been home to the event since 1977.

Legault said the decision will hurt the city because the weekend event in June has drawn crowds of more than 300,000.

"There's an important economic impact," Legault said.

"There will be an important negative impact on Montreal's tourism."

Last week, the 2004 Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps was reinstated after a year out when laws on tobacco advertising were watered down for sporting events :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:
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Dava
Aug 7th, 2003, 11:16 PM
This is shit, but hey the sport is boring as shit, Silverstone was an exception, but races (yes a race) like that are few and far between.

Jonathan I saw your photo in the photo thread, and you look like my next door neighbour, its scary :eek:

Dava
Aug 7th, 2003, 11:24 PM
You've been on family Fortunes

Dava
Aug 7th, 2003, 11:25 PM
:worship:

Dava
Aug 7th, 2003, 11:30 PM
Oh are you on the new one which is relagted to daytime, with that weird guy.

alexusjonesfan
Aug 7th, 2003, 11:41 PM
yeah that makes sense...
take out Spa and Montreal and pump even more money into Silverstone :lol:

Luna_Angel_84
Aug 8th, 2003, 09:33 PM
Bernie is apparently denying all knowledge of this, but I never trust him.