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Thursday, October 16, 2008

French Grand Prix cancelled


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The 2009 F1 schedule took another hit as the French Motorsports Federation (FFSA) withdrew financing and cancelled next season's French Grand Prix.

Those who have already purchased tickets for the June 28,2009 race will be reimbursed.

"For economic reasons, the FFSA has decided to cancel the (2009) French Grand Prix," the BBC quotes the FFSA in a statement. "The FFSA would like to thank all those clients who have supported the event in the last few years."

Host track Magny-Cours has long been on the outs with Bernie Ecclestone, who favors a move closer to Paris. Next year's race looked to be the last at the track after the F1 ringmaster relented and the race was included on the provisional schedule.

In the modern era (post-1950) only 1955 has seen a championship without a date in France.

Along with the elimination of Canada from the schedule, this puts the 2009 championship calendar at 17 race dates. This is down from a record 19 on the provisional calendar released earlier this year.

The FSSA is said to be looking into several possibilities for the future, including building a track closer to the city.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, he wants more middle and far east races. There has to be room.
Chris

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