MONTREAL: The battle to save the Canadian Grand Prix hotted up on Wednesday when a working group, created to keep the race here, decided to take their fight directly to the Formula One teams.
A day after Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien insisted that the ban on tobacco advertising at sport events from next year would go ahead, the group refused to give up hope.
They will now appeal to the teams and ask them not to carry tobacco advertising on their cars as happens already at the British and French Grand Prix.
Normand Legault, the promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit said he would make the trip to the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 24 to lobby support.
“We have to move fast,” said Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay who attended the meeting along with other ministers and businessmen concerned about the financial fall-out from losing the event.
The race, which attracts 300,000 people and is estimated to bring in 46.6 million euros, was missing from the 2004 calendar. – AFP