Originally posted by aportinga
How do you know it's displeased manufactures???
Well, for example:http://edition.cnn.c...prix/index.html
Now, in the interests of fairness and full disclosure, I did not check with the reporter to determine what his personal views are on the state of F1, whether he supports Max Mosley or not, whether he's ever heard of Bernie Ecclestone, and whether he had an opinion on the state of USOW.
So, proceed with extreme caution:
With the US Grand Prix, last held in 2007, also absent from the 2009 calendar, F1 will not be paying a visit to North America for the first time since the sport's inception in 1950.
F1 teams, backed by some of the world's biggest engine manufacturers, are already disquieted by the lack of a US Grand Prix. With the removal of Canada as well, the lack of exposure to the pivotal North American car-buying market has added to their ire.
BMW boss Mario Theissen said: "We are not happy about not being in North America. The US is the most important and biggest car market for BMW and I think for the industry as a whole.
"It has always been difficult to set foot into the US but Canada has always been a very strong Formula One supporter. I have seen the race in Montreal as an operational base to get a second race up and running in the US."
An unhappy Honda team principal Nick Fry agreed that to overcome the economies-of-scale issue F1 needs to host potentially three races in North America.
"We are hugely disappointed -- it's difficult to emphasize by how much," he said. "Honda is very successful in Canada, we make cars there, the local company there is hugely enthusiastic about Formula One.
"We have large numbers of guests from America and from Canada. We sponsor the event, we would like to see it back on the calendar as soon as possible.
"We need to look at how we're not just going to get back Canada but how we get back to America, potentially more than once, as it is such an important market."
The matter is expected to be raised when the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) meet FIA president Max Mosley after the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.
Discussions will focus around how F1 is to combat the current economic crisis -- including the FIA imposing a single-engine rule, against the wishes of the manufacturers, from 2010.
But until that comes into effect, the teams' desire not to miss out on the North American market is strong.
Toyota team principal John Howett said: "I think one of the targets of FOTA is to actually ask the commercial rights holder to really establish a strong foothold in North America, particularly the US, with a race which showcases Formula One well, and is economically beneficial to Formula One as a whole.
"I think this is one of the core discussions FOTA wishes to have because it is a very important market for our sponsors and for Formula One.