Ecclestone confirmed the exception of Canada

Ecclestone confirmed the exception of Canada Yesterday Bernie Ecclestone in the official press release FOM officially confirmed that the Grand Prix of Canada are excluded from the calendar Formula 1 race in 2004 due to the new anti-tobacco legislation enacted in this country."I can confirm that the letter to the promoter of the canadian race was written after a meeting with him. At this meeting, I informed him that the canadian world championship FIA Formula 1 will not be included in calendar 2004, said in a statement Ecclestone."The reason for this was that the canadian government imposed a total ban on sponsorship by tobacco companies. In our contract with the promoter of the race there is a condition that in the case of the entry into force of such a prohibition, we have the right not to include their stage in the calendar."Our problem is very simple. Commands f-1, with sponsorship by tobacco companies lose part of their income when a certain percentage of the stages prohibits tobacco advertising. This has already caused the exception of the Grand Prix of Belgium from the competition calendar 2003."No doubt only that all are very sorry about the loss of the canadian race, so we all loved Montreal and the warm support that the city provided the Formula 1.The Parliament of Belgium, in the end, he changed his tobacco legislation, and in 2004, the Spa will return in the calendar of Formula 1. The government of Canada until that categorically States that there are no breaks in the law for Formula 1 will not be done.It is known that the promoter of the canadian race Norman LEGO is going to arrive at the Hungaroring, where he would try to enlist the support of the leaders of commands f-1 in the struggle for the return of Montreal in the calendar. But it is unlikely the team will want to lose money for the sake of the integrity of the canadian government:Source: www.asport.ru15.08.2003.



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