Government keen to save Montreal race

Montreal government officials have vowed to do all they can to get the Canadian Grand Prix back on the calendar, ahead of imminent talks with Bernie Ecclestone about the future of the race

Government keen to save Montreal race

The Canadian GP was dropped from the 2009 calendar earlier this week because of what are claimed to be commercial differences between the race organisers and Ecclestone.

With the loss of the event set to rob Montreal of the huge financial injection it gets as a result of holding the grand prix, government officials are now stepping in to see what they can do.

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay told a news conference in Montreal that he was seeking the full details of the race's financial situation before committing to plans.

"We understand that there is a contractual difference between Grand Prix du Canada and Mr. Bernie Ecclestone, between $10-million and $20-million," Tremblay was quoted as saying by local media.

"We must better understand the economic, the legal and the administration considerations (before making) a decision that will be financially responsible."

He added: "We will do everything possible to save it."

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