Canada provisionally reinstated

Canada provisionally reinstated

The Canadian Grand Prix has provisionally been reinstated to the 2004 Formula One calendar after a meeting of the World Motorsport Council in Paris on October 15th. The Biosphere on Ile Ste. Hélène. Photo by Brousseau Photo. The...

The Canadian Grand Prix has provisionally been reinstated to the 2004 Formula One calendar after a meeting of the World Motorsport Council in Paris on October 15th.

The Biosphere on Ile Ste. H?l?ne.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
The date of June 13th for the Canadian event still depends on race organizers and teams reaching a financial agreement in regard to the loss of tobacco sponsorship. Previous estimations for the sum needed were between $10 and $20 million.

With Montreal, hopefully, back on track, the total of Grands Prix for 2004 is 18, the most there have ever been on the calendar. The Canadian GP would take place a week before the US race, which has been moved to its new June date so the events could run concurrently and save on travel.

The San Marino GP at Imola had previously been scheduled for June but has been moved back to its usual April date, and will continue to be the European season opener after the flyaway races.

New races, Bahrain, on April 4th, and China, on September 26th, are provisional subject to circuit approval. Spa-Francorchamps is officially reinstated, since the Belgium government repealed the tobacco advertising laws.

The only other question mark is the French Grand Prix, scheduled for July 11th, as the Magny Cours circuit waits for the conclusion of contracts.

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