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GP Week : Issue 33
> F1NEWS> French GP cancelled as Abu Dhabi unveils NEWS of the cancellation of the 2009 French Grand Prix was met with contrasting opinions in the Formula 1 paddock in China, coming just a week after it was announced that Formula 1 would not be visiting Canada in 2009. The FFSA’s decision to can the event comes just months after a bold redevelopment plan was unveiled for the circuit in Nevers, as the French motorsport authority claimed that it could no longer afford to host a race. While some, and in particular Renault, will be sad to lose the race, there are others who have little love for the Magny-Cours track. But with one traditional race seemingly off the calendar for 2009 it does at least ease the fears of circuits such as Silverstone who had feared being edged out or being forced to share races with fellow histriuc circuits, as F1’s global reach grows ever wider. The news came as a new circuit, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, launched its vision to the world. The circuit is scheduled to host the finale of the 2009 F1 season, and its impressive facilities left F1 pundits and drivers looking forward to seeing the venue in the flesh. Under the guiding hand of Philippe Gurdjian, the man behind the success of Circuit Paul Ricard and the Malaysian Grand Prix, Yas Canada refutes financial allegation THE organisers of the Canadian F1 GP have denied that their race was dropped from the calendar due to monies from previous years being owed. According to Paul Wilson, Vice- President Marketing Grand Prix du Canada: “It is totally untrue to suggest that our organization has defaulted on payments owed for the past three years. “It is true that we have a commercial disagreement regarding our monetary obligations, but only for 2008. This is the result of an historical difference within the contractual understanding between the two parties. We were working hard to resolve the matter in order to meet our 2008 obligations when Mr. Ecclestone, without notice, surprised everyone by unilaterally dropping the Canadian Grand Prix from the 2009 FIA schedule October 7. Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information “We believe that it is important to shed the light on this matter and to clarify any allegations that could tarnish the reputation of our organization. We do not accept that the integrity of the Grand Prix du Canada should be called into question, when it is evident that the table is being set for new negotiations with different levels of the Canadian government,” concluded Mr. Wilson. Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... Marina is certainly under solid leadership. “This is something unique in the world,” Gurdjian told GPWeek. “This track is interesting because it is a combination of art and sport. It is a circuit for the future. I didn’t build this circuit for yesterday. I built it for 2030, 2050.” With the F1 calendar now down to 17 races, there is expected to be a reshuffle of the 2009 calendar in due course.