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GP Week : Issue 156
Guaranteeing you the best seat in the house... bar one! A selection of grandstands and VIP hospitality available all with the BAM seal of approval. W: www.bammotorsportsgroup.com T: 01442 891 500 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook.com/bammotorsportsgroup @BAMMotorsports Follow BAM on Montreal 8–10 Jun Valencia 22–24 Jun Silverstone 6–8 Jul Hockenheim 20–22 Jul Budapest 27–29 Jul Spa-Francorchamps 31 Aug–2 Sep Suzuka 5–7 Oct Yeongam 12–14 Oct New Delhi 26–28 Oct Yas Marina 2–4 Nov Austin 16–18 Nov Sao Paulo 23–25 Nov Monza 7–9 Sep Singapore 21–23 Sep MONTREAL GP UNDER THREAT It started with student protesters threatening to disrupt the beauty sleep of those attending this week’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal with late-night downtown protests. Then Anonymous joined in, threatening to take down Formula One related websites in solidarity with the Canadian student protest movement. The online vigilante group added its voice to the student cause after the Quebec government brought in Bill 78, emergency legislation effectively designed to ban the students from protesting. The battle between the Quebecois government and its students has been raging on all year, and is unrelated to the Canadian Grand Prix in any way. But as was demonstrated to the world so effectively in Bahrain, linking the F1 brand with your cause is an excellent way to draw the global media spotlight. Anonymous last week hacked into an F1 ticket sales website and posted the personal details of 131 grand prix attendees online, publishing their names, email addresses, and phone numbers with the following message (translated from French): “Anonymous is teaching you to respect sport. Sport's greatest wealth isn't money but freedom. Today, Anonymous reminds us of the importance of sportsmanship, which you have debased by your corrupt and authoritarian society. ... The Formula One Grand Prix in Quebec will be embarrassing. Anonymous supports sporting events around the world, but they must uphold the sporting spirit, and thus uphold people's equality and liberty.” The latest volley in the battle against the grand prix comes in the form of a call to arms that has appeared on posters dotted throughout Montreal. The posters show Alex Zanardi’s 2001 CART crash at Germany’s Lausitzring, and call for protesters to meet at Berri metro station at 10.30am on race day, and not to board any trains before a signal is given. The protests are already having a negative effect on the grand prix – and, consequently, on the local economy. Canadian Grand Prix organisers have noticed a decline in ticket sales as international news coverage of the student protests has increased. 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS