Manipe F1, in association with Powerlynx Motorsports Management Inc., on Friday October 10 launched a worldwide petition to highlight the disappointment of the Formula 1 community at the decision to axe the 2009 Canadian Formula One Grand Prix.
Both parties contend that, with the advent of new, plush race circuits, backed by governments and billionaires, Formula One is slowly beginning to lose touch with its roots. The Canadian Grand Prix is the victim of 2009, but with Grands Prix in Abu Dhabi, South Korea and India all expected to make their debuts on the calendar in the coming years, it's about time the voice of the fans was heard.
The Canadian Grand Prix is widely recognised as one of the most enjoyable Grands Prix on the current Formula One calendar, by teams, drivers, fans and journalists alike, and its removal came as a shock and surprise to the entire F1 community. This petition, which can be viewed and signed at http://www.savethecanadiangrandprix.com, will aim to remind the sport's powerbrokers that expanding its borders should not be done at the expense of exciting or historically significant circuits. The annual Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal produces exciting racing year after year, but in spite of this Formula One executives are happy to travel to new tracks without considering the view of the paying customer.
It's hoped that enough signatures will be collected through the petition to strongly urge the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Formula One Management (FOM) to reconsider the removal of the Canadian Grand Prix, and to refrain from taking similar decisions in the future.
To view the signatures click here.