The Canadian Grand Prix will return to the F1 calendar in 2010 after being missing from the 2009 schedule.
Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will host the 41st world championship round in Canada.
It has held a race at the track every year since 1978 except for 1987 – due to a sponsorship dispute – and 2009.
This is great news for F1 and the hundreds of thousands of fans who pack into the Montreal circuit for the Grand Prix.
F1 crowds have been very poor at several races this year – particularly Turkey. But the Canadian race can be relied upon to be sold to capacity even when the local fans don’t have a home driver to cheer on.
As well as being a great venue for the race, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve brings an interesting mix of challenges that often provides exciting races. It’s very hard on brakes, and drivers know they risk contact with the barriers if they make the slightest mistake.
Montreal was left off the 2009 calendar amid claims the promoter had failed to pay money owned to FOM. When the race was dropped one minister said:
Unless [Bernie Ecclestone] eases his requirements and adopts a different approach, there will be no Grand Prix in Montreal in 2009.
It’s not known yet whether Ecclestone did drop his price, or whether some new arrangement has been struck. However the previous promoter Norman Legault has stepped down from his role.
The last two races at the circuit were dramatic affairs. Robert Kubica incredibly escaped injury in a violent crash in 2007. Lewis Hamilton scored his maiden win that day, and Kubica did the same 12 months later.
But Hamilton infamously retired from the last race after running into Kimi Raikkonen in the pit lane. During the build-up to that race there were worries about the integrity of the track surface, which broke up during qualifying.
The first world championship Canadian Grand Prix was held at Mosport in 1967 and won by Jack Brabham. It’s great to see a historic venue returning to the F1 calendar, back where it belongs, and I’ll be surprised if anyone has a bad word to say about the news in the comments.
More on the Canadian Grand Prix
- Official: Canadian GP axed
- No Canadian GP on 2009 F1 calendar
- Canadian Grand Prix circuit may change for 2009 but will it be necessary?
- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada – spectators’ experiences
- 2008 Canadian GP review: Kubica takes maiden win as Hamilton hits Raikkonen
- Canadian Grand Prix 2007 review – Hamilton wins in Canadian carnage
- Canadian Grand Prix 2006 Review
- Canadian Grand Prix 2005 Review
- 1979 Canadian Grand Prix flashback
- 1969 Canadian Grand Prix flashback
- 2010 F1 calendar