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10-07-2008, 09:04 AM
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The reasoning?? very easy

"Il a été remplacé par le GP d'Abou Dhabi, aux Émirats arabes unis." was replace by the Abou Dhabi G.P in the UAE...

Ecclestone must have made a few dozen millions $$ (if not hundreds) paid by some young bored oil prince who wanted to see F1 cars race in the middle of nowhere...

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10-07-2008, 09:13 AM
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Just seems weird, Briatore is a well known playboy and as far as I remember in terms of night life Montreal has always been second only to Monaco.. Oh well, he's very opinionated, wouldn't be surprised if he actually said that.
with no other NA grand prix, the Montreal one became very expensive because teams had to travel a huge distance and back in essentially two weeks. + the American Grand Prix market is regulated (no smoking ads etc..) + Middle east and Asian countrys are paying big money to get their GPs..

Its riduculous (and shortsighted..).. but hey..

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10-07-2008, 09:17 AM
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with no other NA grand prix, the Montreal one became very expensive because teams had to travel a huge distance and back in essentially two weeks. + the American Grand Prix market is regulated (no smoking ads etc..) + Middle east and Asian countrys are paying big money to get their GPs..

Its riduculous (and shortsighted..).. but hey..
Very shortsighted but the all mighty dollar wins as usual.

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10-07-2008, 09:23 AM
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The real problem here is Montreal just lost a lot of money.

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10-07-2008, 09:24 AM
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Got to my first qualifications last year and was really planning to go see the whole week-end next year. I feel sorrow in my heart.

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10-07-2008, 09:27 AM
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GP weekend in Montreal is like Christmas, but with hot attractive scantilly clad women everywhere.. parties all around.. rich affluent people walking the streets. Martinis and energy drinks on every street corner. Concerts and car shows..

this sucks.

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10-07-2008, 09:27 AM
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The real problem here is Montreal just lost a lot of money.
GP weekend brought in alot of money for the city.

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10-07-2008, 09:47 AM
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I'm completely shocked... I follow F1 since the day i was born... Went to every Grand Prix since 1996, I feel a mix of sadness and angryness. This only confirms the ****** dou*** that is Bernie cares more about money than the Fans... F1 is not a part of my life anymore.

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10-07-2008, 09:54 AM
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I'm completely shocked... I follow F1 since the day i was born... Went to every Grand Prix since 1996, I feel a mix of sadness and angryness. This only confirms the ****** dou*** that is Bernie cares more about money than the Fans... F1 is not a part of my life anymore.
It`s funny cause i was telling my dad during that night gp last week that i couldn` t believe we had a gp in montreal with such an outdated race track ofc most of you guys will overlook that point but the city didnt to much to at least compete with these new candidates that are popping out around the world.

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10-07-2008, 09:56 AM
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meh...we'll have a week long stanley cup parade instead

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10-07-2008, 10:19 AM
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**** man...To be honest, I don't care too much about the F1 but the F1 Week-end on Crescent and Saint-Laurent was so nice...

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10-07-2008, 10:25 AM
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Didn't Legault had a contract for up to 2011?

So, Ecclestone decided "to hell with that contract with a long lived GP every driver loves in a strong viewership area, I'll just do like everybody else and go farm money in the middle east.

I mean, Dubai makes sense. Bahreïn is borderline. Abu Dhabi, even though is a big city, I don't see why.

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10-07-2008, 10:45 AM
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Didn't Legault had a contract for up to 2011?

So, Ecclestone decided "to hell with that contract with a long lived GP every driver loves in a strong viewership area, I'll just do like everybody else and go farm money in the middle east.

I mean, Dubai makes sense. Bahreïn is borderline. Abu Dhabi, even though is a big city, I don't see why.
There's probably a clause for the GP to be dropped one year.

A lot of GPs come and go, some of the least attractive (money-wise and other aspects) venues now are doing the musical chair. The Montreal GP might be back for 2010 or 2011. I've been expecting this for 2-3 years now, it isn't surprising. They'll renovate, and get it back until Bernie goes crazy again and wants to put a GP in some place that'll make him more money. Luckily for Bernie and the stockholders (and many other loathful people on this planet), greed doesn't kill (at least, not the person being greedy).

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10-07-2008, 10:47 AM
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that sucks, i've always found the montreal gp to be one of the more interesting ones

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10-07-2008, 10:54 AM
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I'm not even an F1 fan and I think this is stupid. D-T is awesome during grandprix weekend

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10-07-2008, 11:31 AM
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Didn't they also "cancel" it in their prelim schedule (same as now) a few years ago to get something or other they wanted?

I think this is just the way they negociate.

Personally, F1 management can kiss my furry butt.

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10-07-2008, 11:50 AM
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That sucks. F1 had people around the world paying attention to Montreal. I always wanted to go to the event but could never make it. Hopefully this is just a temporary thing and Montreal will get the race back.

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10-07-2008, 12:32 PM
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At least, we'll have more funds for health and education.....

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10-07-2008, 12:45 PM
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At least, we'll have more funds for health and education.....
Yeah, that's not so bad... we're just losing sales tax revenues after all


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10-07-2008, 12:49 PM
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The fact that Formula 1, a sport which I love and have followed for a majority of my life, attempts to market itself as a "World Championship", yet does everything it can to abandon, rather than enrich, a market such as North American shows me a complete apathy of the upper management towards everything but money. I am a university student, but I was finally saving money in hopes that, for the first time, I would be able to see F1 live this June. I had plans with a friend of mine to stay at McGill with a relative for the week, then move to the downtown core for race weekend. We were planning to infuse tons of cash into both the Montreal market, and the F1 coffers. And now this complete ********.

This sport continues to do everything it can to alienate its dedicated North American fanbase. No NA venues on the calender. No NA drivers on the grid. And I believe TSN holds an option on the TV rights next year, which they are unlikely to renew after this debacle. Looks like the FIA is determined to stick both their middle fingers up the proverbial rears of the North American racing fan.

Forgive the disturbing imagery but man, I am fuming.

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10-07-2008, 12:57 PM
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I hate F1, I hate Ecclestone and that bunch of snob folks...

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10-07-2008, 01:02 PM
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Yeah, that's not so bad... we're just losing sales tax revenues after all

Shhhhh. Don't say that. People still believes that we were not gaining anything from it and now the government will put more money on other issues since they won't have to invest in professionnal sports....

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GP weekend in Montreal is like Christmas, but with hot attractive scantilly clad women everywhere.. parties all around.. rich affluent people walking the streets. Martinis and energy drinks on every street corner. Concerts and car shows..

this sucks.
What he says + the city will lose a TON of money, 75 millions Tremblay said. It sucks. GP week end was my favorite time of the year here in Montreal. At least, I've attended the GP a few time, so I know what F1 racing is live.

Definitely a tragedy for the city of Montreal.

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10-07-2008, 01:18 PM
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Shhhhh. Don't say that. People still believes that we were not gaining anything from it and now the government will put more money on other issues since they won't have to invest in professionnal sports....
Yes, other issues like pissing away our tax dollars on having construction done wrong repeatedly. Yay I can't wait to piss away almost half my income so the roads they pave will look like **** 6 months later, YAY!!!!

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cancel the jazz festival while they're at it

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