One of the biggest surprises following today's meeting of the World Motor Sport Council is that Canada is missing from the provisional 2009 calendar, thereby leaving North America without a round of the Formula One World Championship for the first time since 1958.
Although the Canadian event has been in doubt before, its omission from the 2009 calendar has taken many by surprise. That said, the provisional calendar only features 18 races as opposed to the expected 20 so there is still a possibility that the Montreal event might be saved.
No reason has been given for the dumping of the event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which has always been popular with fans, teams and drivers.
Canada has hosted 39 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix since 1967, other than the 29 races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, there were 8 at Mosport Park and 2 at Mont-Tremblant.