Montreal wants peace before new F1 deal

Montreal's mayor says the revival of the Canadian Grand Prix depends upon Formula One resolving its crisis. Recent reports indicate Bernie Ecclestone is keen to reinstate the popular race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but Gerald Tremblay ...

Montreal's mayor says the revival of the Canadian Grand Prix depends upon Formula One resolving its crisis.

Recent reports indicate Bernie Ecclestone is keen to reinstate the popular race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but Gerald Tremblay insists that the price paid by Montreal promoters will not be pushed too high.

And according to the Canadian news agency CP, he insists a deal will not be done while the sport's ruling bodies are warring with its teams.

"In the moment we sign an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone, we want to be assured that the situation is under control," mayor Tremblay said.

Even when peace is in sight, he said any race contract would include a clause stipulating that the "big teams will be in Montreal".

Tremblay is optimistic a new deal can be struck, despite relations hitting a low after the final event in 2008. He indicated the "mood" has now changed.

"I think the teams want to come back," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Bernie Ecclestone