Ecclestone denies Canada withdrawal

The announcement by Canadian Grand Prix promoter Normand Legault that the race had been dropped from the 2004 calendar was greeted with dismay but Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly denied any knowledge of it. Legault said he had received a letter...

The announcement by Canadian Grand Prix promoter Normand Legault that the race had been dropped from the 2004 calendar was greeted with dismay but Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly denied any knowledge of it. Legault said he had received a letter this week from Ecclestone saying the Canadian GP would not appear on next year's schedule. He believes the decision is due to tobacco advertising bans that come into force in Canada in October.

Ecclestone insists the 2004 calendar is not yet finalised: "I've no idea where this story came from -- the calendar for 2004 has not been put out yet or even considered," he said, according to some news agencies. "I don't know what's in my head at the moment I'm so busy, but the calendar for 2004 is not out yet."

The calendar may not have been finalised but has certainly been considered; the FIA has already released a provisional list of dates, although circuits have not been allotted as yet. Belgium and Austria already lost their GPs due to tobacco advertising bans and it appeared that Canada would go the same way. However, with Ecclestone's apparent denial that Montreal has been dropped, it seems the situation could yet change.

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