The Canadian Grand Prix will make a return to the F1 calendar for next season, it was revealed today. The Montreal track missed out on the race this season after contractual difficulties could not be resolved with Bernie Ecclestone, but it will bring F1 back to North America in 2010.
“I am very happy, and fully satisfied, with this outcome,” said Normand Legault, CEO of Grand Prix F1 du Canada. “I have always been confident of being able to resolve the dispute, given the in-depth understanding I have had to develop of the Formula 1 racing situation in Canada.
“And I am especially pleased that an announcement is forthcoming to the effect that the Canadian Grand Prix will be back on the FIA calendar as of 2010. I never doubted that the Canadian race would regain its rightful place on the FIA schedule, and my discussions with F1 management led me to believe that the event would return soon.
“The race is important not only for Formula 1, but also for the teams, manufacturers and sponsors. I am also happy for the Canadian Grand Prix’s many fans, because they are true F1 enthusiasts who appreciate the real value of the spectacle and the competition.”
The news will please those F1 fans who consider circuit design relevant to how exciting a race is. Montreal is famed for hosting exciting races, and many mourned its absence this year, when drastic car rule changes have failed fundamentally to alter the processional nature of some grands prix.