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US & Canada snub angers F1 teams

Robert Kubica takes the hairpin turn en route to winning the Canadian Grand Prix
Montreal is one of the most popular venues on the F1 calendar

Honda team principal Nick Fry has hit out at the decision to drop Canada from the 2009 Formula One calendar.

F1 will have no race in North America after motorsport's governing body the FIA included Abu Dhabi at the expense of Montreal.

"We are hugely disappointed," said Fry. "It will be a major topic at the next meeting of teams."

Toyota president John Howlett said: "Hopefully in the next four years we can establish a real race in the US."

And BMW team principal Mario Thiessen advocated having a "Canadian race and at least one US one".

The dropping of the United States from the 2008 F1 calendar left Canada vulnerable because the costs of transport to North America are steep for a single race.

That was not considered to be an issue when Canada was the sole North American race through much of the 1990s but it is more of a concern at the moment.

To overcome that, Fry suggested holding two races in the US and one in Canada.

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"Really we need to look at how we not only get back Canada, but back to America - potentially more than once, because it's such an important market," he said.

The loss of Canada means the F1 calendar will stay at 18 races rather than the record-breaking 19 that had been expected for 2009.

The continent is a vital market place for the road-car manufacturers who are involved with many of them.


2009 Formula One calendar

29 March - Australia (Melbourne)

5 April - Malaysia (Sepang)

19 April - Bahrain

10 May - Spain (Barcelona)

24 May - Monaco

7 June - Turkey (Istanbul)

21 June - Britain (Silverstone)

28 June - France (Magny-Cours)

12 July - Germany (Nurburgring)

26 July - Hungary (Budapest)

23 August - Europe (Valencia)

30 August - Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

13 September - Italy (Monza)

27 September - Singapore

11 October - Japan (Suzuka)

18 October - China

1 November - Brazil (Interlagos)

15 November - Abu Dhabi



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see also
Canada dropped from F1 calendar
08 Oct 08 |  Formula One
Abu Dhabi to stage 2009 F1 finale
25 Jun 08 |  Formula One
Magny-Cours to stay on calendar
22 Jun 08 |  Formula One
Kubica wins after Hamilton error
08 Jun 08 |  Formula One
F1 bosses support expansion plan
02 Apr 08 |  Formula One
Australia F1 night race ruled out
17 Mar 08 |  Formula One


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