New doubts about Canadian GP

The Canadian Grand Prix was provisionally reinstated to the Formula One calendar when the FIA released a revised list of 2004 dates recently, but it seems the event may yet disappear. Race organizer Normand Legault needs to find somewhere in the...

The Canadian Grand Prix was provisionally reinstated to the Formula One calendar when the FIA released a revised list of 2004 dates recently, but it seems the event may yet disappear.

Race organizer Normand Legault needs to find somewhere in the region of $10-20 million to compensate the F1 teams that rely on tobacco sponsorship, which would not be able to race with their sponsor logos due to Canadian anti-tobacco laws.

Initially the Canadian GP was struck off the 2004 schedule but was reinstated when Bernie Ecclestone agreed the race would go ahead if the compensation was found.

George Gillett, owner of the Monteal Canadiens hockey team, and Molson Breweries are part of a consortium that was trying to aid the financial situation but according to Montreal's La Presse newspaper, a solution could not be found.

The deadline was October 31st and it seems no conclusion has been reached. Reports indicate the parties concerned simply could not meet the price of the compensation, although there has been no official confirmation of what is, or is not, happening.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone