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GP Week : Issue 157
Part-time Sky F1 pundit and 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve was sent death threats by protesters during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend after the outspoken racer derided their efforts in characteristic style. “We received a pack of injurious and insulting emails, even some that were dangerous,” Villeneuve explained. “For people who say they stand for freedom of expression, I find it a bit ridiculous that we're not allowed to say what we're thinking.” The comments that incited the protesters’ ire were made at the charity fundraiser that traditionally kicks off the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Protesters denouncing capitalism – and bemoaning a marginal hike in tuition fees – had attempted to disrupt an event that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local hospitals. “It's time for people to wake up and stop loafing about,” Villeneuve said on Thursday. “It's lasted long enough. We heard them. We listened. They should stop. It's costing the city a fortune. It makes no sense. “I think these people grew up without ever hearing their parents ever tell them, 'No',” he added. “So that's what you see in the streets now. People spending their time complaining. It's becoming a little bit ridiculous. They spoke, we heard, and now it's time to go back to school.” While the nightly protests made for great television – especially the nude marches that took place through the centre of town – Formula One was largely unaffected by attempts to disrupt the weekend. The biggest bugbear was traffic, of both the human and vehicular varieties, as police officers closed roads in an attempt to contain the protesters. On Saturday night, GPWEEK witnessed protesters and police running up and down the length of Crescent Street in an extended game of tag. Students waving banners were chased by police in riot gear, but the only scene of violence was a lone police car with its windows caved in. Efforts to disrupt Sunday’s race were completely ineffective, thanks in no small part to the heavy police presence on the Montreal metro. A small group of protesters were arrested outside the circuit station a few hours before the race, but at the time of writing there were no indications of any successful action within the circuit. CANADIAN PROTESTERS TARGET VILLENEUVE BRIEFLY » Italian Formula One fans learned this weekend that they will be losing access to live races on free-to-air television following a new deal between FOM and Sky Italia. The new broadcast deal will see nine races – including the Italian Grand Prix at Monza – broadcast on terrestrial station RAI, with the rest going to Sky in a deal that will be more than familiar to British F1 fans. The success of Sky’s British F1 takeover is believed to have been the driving force behind this new Italian deal. “We have worked with Sky Italia in the past and I have no doubts about their production standards,” said Bernie Ecclestone in a statement. “We have a similar agreement in Britain that is working very well.” » Dany Bahar has been officially dismissed from his role as CEO of Group Lotus, it was announced this weekend. Bahar was suspended from active duty two weeks ago pending the results of an internal investigation sparked off by complaints concerning the CEO’s conduct. “Group Lotus plc (“Lotus” or the “Company”) can today confirm that, Mr Dany Bahar has been terminated from his employment as Chief Executive Officer of Lotus with immediate effect,” the company confirmed in a statement. “The decision was made by the Board of Group Lotus plc following the results of an investigation into a complaint made against him by the company’s penultimate holding company, DRB-HICOM Berhad.” F1 >>> NEWS 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS