Canadian GP -- dead or not?

Canadian GP -- dead or not?

In spite of the preliminary 2004 Formula One race calendar being published without a Canadian GP being featured on it, Canadian officials and race fans are not yet giving up hope. Bernie Ecclestone. Photo by Brousseau Photo. Reports...

In spite of the preliminary 2004 Formula One race calendar being published without a Canadian GP being featured on it, Canadian officials and race fans are not yet giving up hope.

Bernie Ecclestone.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Reports circulating around the F1 paddock during the Japanese GP weekend indicate that series supremo Bernie Ecclestone is pushing for the inclusion of the race at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal as an 18th event on the 2004 schedule.

According to Agence France-Presse, Ecclestone has asked FIA president Max Mosley for a two-week extension prior to finalizing next year's schedule.

The new schedule already includes races in Bahrain and China, both of which allow cigarette advertising, as well as Belgium, which has granted F1 an exemption from its tobacco legislation.

However, the US Grand Prix was moved from its usual September date to June, next to the traditional Canadian date, and back-to-back races would allow the teams to minimize travel costs.

The Canadian organizers have, meanwhile, been working on signing up sufficient sponsorship to allow the race to be run without tobacco sponsorship, but at last report they were still short of their objectives.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone