Francois Dumontier has applied the brakes to speculation that Montreal is poised to soon return to the formula one calendar.

Francois Dumontier has applied the brakes to speculation that Montreal is poised to soon return to the formula one calendar.

Bernie Ecclestone and other figures, including Quebec government official Raymond Bachand and Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay, have in recent days been quoted as revealing talks to reinstate the axed Canadian race.

But it is Dumontier, as head of the organising company, who would be most directly in charge of the event.

He is quoted by the French language La Presse newspaper as revealing that discussions to return F1 action to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve may not be as advanced as has been reported.

"I took note at the end of last week of the interview with Bernie Ecclestone, but besides that, I do not know any more for the moment," said Dumontier.

The F1 chief executive had been quoted as saying both himself and the Quebec government are "interested" in restoring the Canadian grand prix.

"At the time that he spoke, there was no communication on this subject -- neither with myself nor with (promoter) Stock-Car Montreal.

"If ever something was to happen," Dumontier continued, "it is certain that it would be necessary that we are involved."

 

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