Jacques Villeneuve has today said that the lack of a Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in 2009 will be a â€˜terrible loss and â€˜very sad , according to crash.net. The 1997 world champion is reported to be frustrated that a deal could not be done between rights holder Bernie Ecclestone and the event promoter, Grand Prix du Canada.
Villeneuve, after whose father the Montreal circuit is named, never won his home race in his ten years in the sport. He was always good for a controversial quote during his racing days, and still keeps strong opinions about the sport he took by storm on his debut in 1996.
This time, however, there will be many observers who agree with the French-Canadian. The Montreal circuit, built on an island in the St. Lawrence river, always seemed to produce interesting races. It was well-known as well for the serious accidents suffered by Olivier Panis in 1997 and Robert Kubica in 2007.
Without Canada s race, the sport retains Brazil as the only American event on the calendar.