JUNE 8, 1998
Canada closes down on tobacco
While officially Canadian Grand Prix sponsor Players (an Imperial brand) will continue for the next two years we heard last weekend that Players may well decide to pull out next year and that a deal has been struck for Air Canada to become the new backer for the race.
Quebec province, in which Montreal is situated, will not be bound by the national legislation from Ottawa so it remains to be seen exactly what will happen with Canada's tobacco ban. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has told the Canadian authorities that Grand Prix racing will pull out of Canada is it is not allowed to run cars with tobacco sponsorship.