Canadian GP dropped from 2009 calendar

The Canadian Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2009 Formula One calendar, leaving North America with no grands prix next season

Canadian GP dropped from 2009 calendar

The FIA issued on Tuesday the World Motor Sport Council's decision, with the Montreal race absent for the first time since 1987.

The governing body confirmed an 18-race calendar, including a summer break thanks to having moved the Turkish Grand Prix from August to June.

The WMSC also agreed to give FIA president Max Mosley the authority to deal with the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) for the introduction of "radical measures to achieve a substantial reduction of costs in the championship from 2010."

"Failing agreement with FOTA, the FIA will enforce the necessary measures to achieve this goal," said the FIA in a statement.

"It was further unanimously agreed to allow Formula One teams to equalise engine performance across the field for 2009, pending the introduction of cost-saving measures from 2010," it added.

2009 F1 calendar:

Australia 29 March Malaysia 5 April Bahrain 19 April Spain 10 May Monaco 24 May Turkey 7 June Great Britain 21 June France 28 June Germany 12 July Hungary 26 July Europe (Valencia) 23 August Belgium 30 August Italy 13 September Singapore 27 September Japan 11 October China 18 October Brazil 1 November Abu Dhabi 15 November 

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