After the Canadian Grand Prix was rudely dropped from the 2009 calendar, the world gasped in horror at the largest automobile market on the planet not having the opportunity to showcase the very sport that the car manufacturers invest in. The North American fanbase were appalled, and I personally was disgusted at not only losing a great track, but also the way in which the cancellation had apparently been handled. However, it would appear that not all is lost for next season…
Government officials from Montreal are flying to the UK today to hold discussions with Bernie Ecclestone, all in the hope of saving the event with apparently adds $75m to the local economy at the start of the region’s summer season. This news comes just after the grand prix organisers denied claims that they had defaulted on payments to FOM for the past two years; the debts supposedly amount to “north of 20 million dollars” according to McLaren boss Ron Dennis.
If we are able to reasonably and responsibly save this event, we will do it. The grand prix is a big event, it’s the biggest tourism event, but how much does it bring in concretely, not only in spin-offs but in cash in our pockets as citizens, as taxpayers? I’m going to negotiate with Mr Ecclestone, so we will keep our cards to ourselves. Raymond Bachand, Quebec Minister for Economic Development.
The failure to include North America in the championship has upset most teams, primarily because for the manufacturers, the US is a very important market and Formula One allows them to showcase their technology and brand to millions more potential customers. However, even privateer Frank Williams sees the importance of America, having stated recently that many sponsors and potential investors are based in America, and by not reminding them that Formula One exists could add further consequences to the Formula One brand as well as the individual teams.
The government officials are due to speak with Bernie Ecclestone this week and any news or developments will of course be reported on BlogF1. Fingers crossed, everybody…Download Original Wallpaper