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Canadian GP stays off F1 calendar

Lewis Hamilton at the hairpin at Montreal's Gilles Villeneuve circuit
World champion Lewis Hamilton will not race in Canada next year

Canadian officials have failed to reach a deal to reinstate Montreal's Grand Prix to the 2009 Formula One schedule.

The race was dropped from the calendar for next season following a commercial dispute over the 2008 Canadian GP.

It means no North American races in 2009, with the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis already dropped.

A statement on the City of Montreal's website claimed Formula One had made "unreasonable demands" in a final contract proposal on 28 October.

The statement said that offer called for an eventual promoter to put up a government or bank guarantee of some 96.3m over the next five years.

It said no private promoter was willing to take on such a level of risk, considering the limited revenue generated by the event.

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said: "Despite our endeavours, the unreasonable demands of Formula One exceeded the taxpayer's ability to pay."

The decision to drop Canada, along with the US Grand Prix, dismayed Formula One teams by cutting off a major market for their car-manufacturer owners and sponsors.

2009 FIA Formula One world championship calendar:

29 Mar - Australia (Melbourne)

5 Apr - Malaysia (Sepang)

19 Apr - China (Shanghai)

26 Apr - Bahrain (Sakhir)

10 May - Spain (Barcelona)

24 May - Monaco

7 June - Turkey (Istanbul)

21 June - Great Britain (Silverstone)

12 July - Germany (Nurburgring)

26 July - Hungary (Hungaroring)

23 August Europe (Valencia)

30 August - Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

13 September - Italy (Monza)

27 September - Singapore

4 October - Japan (Suzuka)

18 October - Brazil (Interlagos)

1 November - Abu Dhabi

The races in Australia and Malaysia will start at 1700 local time, in Singapore at 2000 local time, and in Japan at 1500 local time.

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Canada dropped from F1 calendar
08 Oct 08 |  Formula One

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