Canada's F1 race moved two weeks
10/27/2005 5:25:30 PM
MONTREAL (CP) - The Canadian Grand Prix will be held two weeks later in June in 2006, partly to accommodate the soccer World Cup in Germany.
A preliminary schedule for the 19-race Formula One circuit released this week had the Canadian event on June 25, with the U.S. Grand Prix on July 2. In 2005, the Canadian race was on June 12 and the U.S. on June 19.
''They wanted to minimize the number of races in June because of the World Cup,'' race spokesman Normand Prieur said Thursday.
The only other race that month is the British Grand Prix on June 11.
Prieur said the usual 1 p.m. start of the Montreal event may also be moved up so as not to conflict with games at the World Cup, which runs for most of June.
The change puts the Canadian Grand Prix on a long weekend in Quebec, the St. Jean Batiste or Fete Nationale holiday, which could be a bonus, Prieur said.
''The holiday will be on the Friday so people can come without losing a day of work.''
He said Canada could go back to its mid-June date in 2007.
The proposed 2006 schedule has several changes.
The Australian Grand Prix, which usually opens the season, was moved to April 2 to avoid conflict with the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March.
The season is to start in Bahrain on March 12.
Prieur said other changes were made space out races more evenly and avoid having teams compete more than two weeks in a row.