Commercial sponsorship was allowed in the United States of America but it remained illegal in Formula 1 until 1968 when the governing body of the sport decided that it should be allowed following the decision of BP and Shell to withdraw their support and Firestone's decision to cancel all free tire supplies.
The first winner of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal was Quebec Native Gilles Villeneuve, after his death at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1982; the Montreal race track was renamed in his honor to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He was later inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame and was the only Canadian driver to have been.
He also, was the only Canadian winner at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
The Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal was not held in 1987 and went through some track modifications, one of these would be the placement of the finish line to its present position. This time out for the Grand Prix in Montreal was due to the sponsorship disputes between Labatt and Molson two local breweries.
There has been many excited events of the years like, Ferrari’s Jean Alesi who won in 1995 – the only win of his career! He was driving the #27 Ferrari that had once been Gilles Villeneuve’s. He beat out Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill due to electrical and hydraulics failures.
Olivier Panis was sidelined for nine races after the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix was stopped due to his crash.
The famous ”Wall of Champions” as it is now know to be called is the final corner of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It is well known for the crashes involving: Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Ricardo Zonta, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Juan Pablo Montaya.
Throughout the many years Montreal has been the host of the Canadian Grand Prix, there we have seen everything from Groundhogs on the course in 2008, horrific crashes like the one in 2007 by Rovert Kubica( who incidentally when on to win the race the following year) and amazing wins like the 1st and 2nd place wins in by Ralph and Michael Schumacker in 2001! Montreal Grand Prix 2012 is expected to be just as exciting.
MONTREAL, Nov. 27 /CNW Telbec/ – The governments of Canada and Québec, Montréal and Tourisme Montréal are proud to announce that the Grand Prix du Canada will return to Montréal in June 2013 through a $15 million annual investment over the next five years.
The Government of Canada and Tourisme Montréal will each contribute $5 million of this amount. The Government of Québec will provide $4 million and Montréal will add $1 million. Montréal and its partners will in return receive 30% shares from ticket sales.
“The Conservative government is proud to award such a significant financial contribution to the nation’s foremost recreational tourism event. Through the $25 million in support that we are providing over five years, the FIA Formula One World Championship is coming back to North America here in Montréal. Acting on behalf of our taxpayers has always been one of our prime concerns and this agreement advances that goal. The funding in question will provide direct and tangible leveraging support to our economy. This is an excellent outcome for all concerned,” said the Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for the Montreal region.
“The Grand Prix of Canada has more impact on the tourist industry than any other sports event in Canada. Of the 300,000 spectators at the competition, 25% come from outside Québec. With such heavy media coverage, the FIA Formula One World not only provides an outstanding display window for Montréal, but for Québec as a whole. This event alone delivers some $89 million in economic fallout each year, along with 75,000 overnight hotel stays. “I am certainly delighted by this news,” said Québec Minister of Tourism, Nicole Ménard.
“The return of the Formula One to Montréal attests to our sustained efforts and determination. This win-win deal falls in line with the terms we set and the taxpayer’s ability to pay and will create stability for the next five years. I am very pleased that our metropolis is bringing back this crucial stage in the Formula One series for fans from around the world and an outstanding opportunity in terms of the event’s international reach,” said Montréal Mayor Gérald Tremblay.
“In view of the substantial trickle-down effects that the F1 will generate for members of our association, Tourisme Montréal is pleased to assist in the return of Canada’s biggest tourism event. International coverage of the Grand Prix also puts Montréal in the spotlight and promotes our city as a tourist destination,” said Charles Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.
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