The Formula One Times: 17th Novermber: Canadian Grand Prix Is Officially Gone

The Formula One TimesCorrespondent INovember 16, 2008


Okay guys, Michael Griffin here. As you may have seen, Adam Poole has had to take a break from Bleacher Report right now, so myself and Ryan Wood are stepping in to help, although I am going solo today.

This is my first time using HTML in a B/R article, so forgive me if a make a few mistakes. Anyway, let's get going with the news.


Canadian Grand Prix Can No Longer Be Saved

The Canadian Grand Prix' hopes of saving its place on the calendar has evaporated after the Government refused to meet the demands of Bernie Ecclestone and the FOM.

Montreal's mayor Gerald Tremblay announced in a press conference on Sunday that their organizers had failed to reach an agreement, with the government unable to justify the cost of the event at its current asking price.

Tremblay and officials from various levels had fought hard to keep the much loved venue on the calendar, and and hoped that a fresh injection of cash could be enough to keep the race after it was axed from the provisional calendar for 2009.

But the Mayor says a deal could not be reached as F1 supremo was demanding $175 million over a period of five years, but the government would only go to $110 million.


Barrichello Faces The Chop From Honda

Honda has confirmed its driver lineup for their upcoming winter testing progam, and it does not include veteran driver Rubens Barrichello. This now suggest that Barrichello may now retire after he announced last week that he will either drive in Formula One or nothing else at all.

The Brazilian is reportedly subject to an offer from Scuderia Toro Rosso, who may decide to partner him with Sebastien Bourdais.


New Era Dawns For Formula One

After a very brief pause to take stock of a phenomenal 2008 campaign, the teams are already testing their 2009 packages this morning in Spain.


Most of the teams will be in action during a three-day test in Barcelona, and they are expected to be using hybrid versions of their 2008 cars with the 2009 aerodynamics and slick tyres.

BMW Sauber was the first team to take to the track with the 2009 regulations, which we think look weird, but will probably grow on us, just like the six-wheel car did all those years ago.

Loeb Enjoys Silverstone Shakedown

World Rally Championship legend Sebastian Loeb has said that he enjoyed his Silverstone shakedown with the Red Bull Racing team.

Loeb was soon tackling icy and wet condition on the Northamptonshire circuit, something which he migh feel used to.

Loeb said "I felt pretty good after a while, and I just went crazy out there, because of the need for tyre and brake temperature."


NASCAR stops Super Brat from F1 test


NASCAR " Super Brat Kyle Busch, is angry that his F1 test with Toyota has been canceled.

The reason for the test being called off is that NASCAR is enforcing every driver that is in the top ten from the Nation Wide series this year.

Super Brat was the star of NASCAR's premier series, with a dominant season that fizzled out during the chase.

As outspoken as usual "I don't get to drive the Formula One car anymore," said Busch, who did not contest the entire Nationwide calendar this year.

"I have to go to the Nationwide banquet and accept my sixth place awards instead,"

"NASCAR took me away from the Formula One car."

Rumor is that he will test in the first half of next year.


As I mentioned earlier, Adam Poole is leaving us for a while, so I am doing the F1 Times today, but hopefully someone with more knowledge of HTML will be able to include images.

I apologize for how poor thid edition is, but I did my best. If there are any more updates during the day, I'll add them, badly.