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Montreal set to try and save F1.

Gerald Tremblay, the mayor of Montreal, is set to fly to London along with two senior cabinet ministers for talks with Bernie Ecclestone focused aimed at saving the Canadian Grand Prix.

A meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council earlier this month revealed a revised calendar for the 2009 season without the Canadian event – with the event promoter revealing that a commercial disagreement had played a key part in the decision.

Earlier this week, officials from Grand Prix du Canada were forced to deny stories that they owed a 'substantial' amount of money to Ecclestone's Formula One Management group.

Having already said that promoting the event was no longer viable for a private group, they won't be involved in salvage talks with Ecclestone to try and get the race back on track and have already stated that 'only the government' can save the race.

As a result, Tremblay will be joined on the trip by Raymond Bachand, the Quebec minister for economic development, and Michael Fortier, the federal minister of international trade.

With the race believed to be worth as much as $75 million to the local economy, talks are now set to take place to get it back on the calendar, although Bachand wouldn't give much away about how much the government would be prepared to provide in an attempt to save the event.

"If we are able to reasonably and responsibly save this event, we will do it," he told the Montreal Gazette. “The Grand Prix is a big event, it's the biggest tourism event, but how much does it bring in concretely, not only in spinoffs, but in cash in our pockets as citizens, as taxpayers?

"I am going to negotiate with Mr. Ecclestone, so we will keep our cards to ourselves."

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Mark _

October 22, 2008 6:38 PM

As much as I like this race I hope they tell BE to suck it. Replace it with Indycar and ALMS races and move on. F1 needs North America more than North America needs F1. The longer F1 is absent here the less likely someone is going to pay BE''s fee. I say wait it out until he comes grovelling back willing to do it at cost.

Dany Brown

October 22, 2008 10:00 PM

While i hope that we will keep our race here in Québec, i also hope that our representatives will not crawl in front of Bernie in ordor to save it. But as long as the benefices overcome the expense, i don't see why the gov. should not put money into it. But that is from a long time hardcore F1 fan, probably that my average co-citizen coudn't care less about the GP in fact. That is someting strange about F1 here, either you completly love it, either you don't care, there is no midpoint in it.

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