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Canadian Grand Prix dropped from '09 calendar - Organisers learn their race is cancelled through the media

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It’s the 7th October 2008, and you’re listening to F1Minute.

The shock news of the day is that the FIA have confirmed the calendar for 2009, and have dropped the Canadian Grand Prix. Teams have got back the summer break that they were looking for, but we will no longer be heading to North American shores.  Both the Belgian and Italian races have been shuffled by a week as well.

Back to the Canadian GP, though, and organisers say that they weren’t informed of this decision ahead of time. They released a short statement that said they had only learnt of it through the media, and would therefore not be commenting until they’d spoken to the FIA and FOM. Needless to say they’re not happy.

Elsewhere today, Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that they will be going back to the old lollipop pit system at this week’s Japanese Grand Prix. After many, many pit lane incidents in the last few races, Domenicali says: “We need to stay calm so we've decided to go back to the old system.”

That’s it for today, please join me tomorrow for another F1Minute.