It looks like the 2009 F1 calender has been chopped down to 17 races now. This will be the second race dropped from the schedule, since just recently, the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal was nixed by F1 officials for “commercial” reasons.
But the race at Circut de Nevers Magny-Cours was scrapped by local officials, not anyone at F1. The French Motorsports Federation says “economic reasons” are behind the decision, since they can’t find a promoter to take on the financial responsibility of staging the event. It looks like the world economic crisis is really starting to impact my life now.
Apparently, last year’s race lost more than $1.3-million dollars. Leave it to the French to find a way to make Formula 1 unprofitable. I think the real reason is that there isa good possibility that there won’t be a French driver in the race next year.
This could be good news for Montreal though. Since France is dropping out, F1 officials may want to re-think their cancellation of the Canadian race. The French race was scheduled for June 28, which was only a few weeks after the original Canadian date. Easy Peasy.