The Canadian Grand Prix will not feature on the 2009 Formula 1 calendar, meaning North America will not be hosting any F1 races next season. It will be the first time since 1987 that Montreal will not be hosting a grand prix.
The 2009 calendar is currently:
Australia 29 March Malaysia 5 April Bahrain 19 April Spain 10 May Monaco 24 May Turkey 7 June Great Britain 21 June France 28 June Germany 12 July Hungary 26 July Europe (Valencia) 23 August Belgium 30 August Italy 13 September Singapore 27 September Japan 11 October China 18 October Brazil 1 November Abu Dhabi 15 November
The calendar shows that the Turkish Grand Prix has been moved back two months, from August to June, to create a summer break for the teams.
Surprisingly, the organisers of the Canadian Grand Prix were not informed of the decision to drop the race, and learnt about the plans through the media.
“The organisers of the Canadian Grand Prix learned of the axing of the Canadian Grand Prix from the 2009 Formula One championship calendar through the media,â€ a statement from the organisers read. “Consequently, no comments will be issues before speaking with the interested parties of Formula One Management and the Federation International de l Automobile.â€