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F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:20 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7657014.stm

Well, I was sorta waiting for this to happen, but its still shocking. This is what happens when you decide to fix a F1 track by patching it up after numerous warnings that the track is dangerous. If F1 drivers say they wont drive bikes on it, its a cause for alarm. Well done Montreal govt. Another beautiful way of screwing up this amazing city.
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:35 pm

Well, one race in North America isn´t enough to maintain it. I don´t think it´s about the state of the track but that the UAE got more money.
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:52 pm



Quoting Alessandro (Reply 1):
Well, one race in North America isn´t enough to maintain it. I don´t think it´s about the state of the track but that the UAE got more money.

That's what I said in the Japan GP thread. Just remember: Bernie and Max only care about cash, not the sport itself.
 
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:52 pm

F1 seems content to give up on the North American market. Who can blame them? The bulk of their fans, and their money, is elsewhere. As an American F1 fan, I'm glad that (a) I got to see a GP at Indy, and (b) that I can watch the races on Speed. I wish there were an American driver.
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:00 pm

WTF??

Just after hearing the news, it is one of my favourite circuits it will be greatly missed on the
F1 calendar, hopefully we'll see it back for 2010.

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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:15 pm



Quoting Tango29 (Reply 4):
hopefully we'll see it back for 2010.

It is highly doubtful the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will ever return in the near future. Remember: by 2010, the Indian and Korean GPs will be part of the F1 schedule. There will hardly be even space for a return of the Montréal GP.
 
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:47 am

This is VERY disappointing, I might even say heart breaking, because this race is the only race I can attend every year, and it has become an excellent tradition and bonding trip I've taken with my mother each year for the last 10 years, lovely city and usually a great race. The race has been a sellout for as long as I've been going, and the atmosphere in the city and at the track are second to none, this was most likely a commercial decision and it sickens me because the drivers, the teams, the fans, everyone loves this race. I at least wish I'd known that this past june was going to be my last trip to Montreal for the race...
 
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:51 am

Bernie's and Nazi Max's efforts to destroy F1 continue.
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:50 am

Why did they stop the Indianapolis GP? I went to that 3 times  Smile
 
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:52 am



Quoting Sovietjet (Reply 8):
Why did they stop the Indianapolis GP? I went to that 3 times

FOM and the circuit owners couldn't come to an agreement. Ultimately Tony George and Bernie Ecclestone are hard negotiators and both of them know how to screw rights holders for their respective series into getting the best price for themselves.
 
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:13 am

I don't care about Grand Prices I have to watch in the evening or in the night.
Get more Grad Prix back to Europe and or let them drive in the middle of the night like in Singapur. In the end we invented in in Europe. So drive that we can watch it at proper times.

I have to admit though, Canada is a beautiful patch of track.

Anyway, Bye Bye

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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:21 am



Quoting Jush (Reply 10):
In the end we invented in in Europe. So drive that we can watch it at proper times.

A parochial and chauvinistic attitude to something that many, likely you as well, call the World Championship.
With the money that drives F1 coming increasingly from Non European sources perhaps the night races should be in Europe.
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:33 am

It is all about the mighty $$$$, what a shame, tooooo many senile idiots in charge.... Montreal is one of the best weekends in the whole F1 season Big grin, perhaps increase the races to 20 a year..... the drivers make enough $$$ anyhow  Wink

No offence to the Hungary race but boring a hell for years now (or ever since), and now they toss the YUL race...... hope it is not over yet...

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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:00 pm



Quoting Swissy (Reply 12):
No offence to the Hungary race but boring a hell for years now (

I see your point but i think they should have axed the French grand prix as its the most
boring and unpopular GP with fans and F1 teams.

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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:36 pm



Quoting Swissy (Reply 12):
It is all about the mighty $$$$

Sorry, but the $$$$ ain't all that mighty any more.

I'm kind of surprised you even have the symbol on your Swiss keyboard!  Smile
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:43 pm

How can Montrealers let go of something so big as the F1?
I never regret having left Montreal, it's a beautiful city and I will always love it but it's in a state of constant decay - it's just sad to live there and see everything crumble...
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:58 pm

Time passes folks, -time to move on....

Lots of fond memories from Ile Notre-Dame, some of them were:

-as a guest of Bill Brack's team (the day-glo STP Formula Aftlantic) on the "Practice" weekend a week before the first Grand Prix in 1978.

-as pit crew member for a team in the supporting races before the REAL race...
(-yes, I actually lapped the cirquit once with a Dodge van, trailering our BMW320 racecar)

-Saw Gilles Villeneuve win the first place

-then after practice on the Friday before the '84 race, meeting Nelson Piquet in the bar of the Grand Hotel...

Quoting Marco (Reply 15):
I never regret having left Montreal, it's a beautiful city and I will always love it but it's in a state of constant decay - it's just sad to live there and see everything crumble...

I remember Montreal fondly, just sad to see the same things happening here in Oslo as well

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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:52 pm



Quoting Tango29 (Reply 13):
I see your point but i think they should have axed the French grand prix as its the most
boring and unpopular GP with fans and F1 teams.

Did not want to depress the french F1 fans  Wink but agree 1000%

Quoting Revelation (Reply 14):
Sorry, but the $$$$ ain't all that mighty any more.

I have faith in the $$$$  Smile, best time to invest in your economy (cash only, do not use credits at all)  Smile

Quoting Revelation (Reply 14):
I'm kind of surprised you even have the symbol on your Swiss keyboard!

Call YHM my home for the last 13 years... so gave up my Swiss keyboard up a long time ago.... language is a bigger handicap  Smile

I have visited a few races in the past, sure my favoured (incl. atmosphere) one is Monaco (2 times), YUL is right behind it (1 time), Imola (2 times),Hockenheim (1 time) & Monza (1 time)....... so I do hope it will be back for 2009.....

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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:53 pm

It is extremely disappointing to see F1 abandon the entire North American market. This pretty much eliminates any chance I might have had to see a grand prix in person. The flight to Montreal, hotel for the weekend, and race tickets would have been expensive enough. A trip to Europe is out of the question.
 
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RE: F1 Says Bye Bye To Montreal

Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:19 pm

I'm really disappointed by this. Canada was one of my favourite races, it always produced a really exciting race. And as USAIRWAYS321 it's really disappointing that F1 has abandonned the entire North American market, its meant to be a global sport
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