Okay all you Canadian Grand Prix fans, take a deep breath.
So Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Swiss magazine Motorsport Aktuel that: "Everyone in Formula One loves the Canadian Grand Prix."
And he added that the race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be back on the 2010 F-1 calendar.
"I promise we will be in Montreal in 2010," Ecclestone said with, presumably, a straight face.
But between Ecclestone assuring words and the reality of F-1 returning to Canada is a gulf the size of Mexico.
Just hours after Ecclestone declared his interest in Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay was quoted as saying that negotiations still were ongoing and that the money offered and rejected by Formula One Management before the cancellation of the 2009 race wasn't going to get any more zeroes.
Tremblay and his group offered FOM -- Ecclestone's personal fiefdom -- $75 million over the next five years to keep the race in Montreal.
Ecclestone answered back by demanding $175 million.
There's not a bridge in the world that can span that gap. Unless Ecclestone carries a gun and wears a mask to the next round of talks there is absolutely no way anyone on this side of the Atlantic Ocean is going to pony up that $100 million difference.
If Tremblay and pals have an ace in the hole it is that F-1 manufacturers, like Ferrari, Mercedes, Toyota and Renault (Nissan) sell more cars in North America than anywhere else in the world.
F-1, after all is said and done, still is about selling cars as much as it is about racing. So Ecclestone will have to lessen his demands or face the wrath of the teams, which really do love the race in Canada, but like the fans, are getting sick and tired of being held for ransom by Ecclestone.
Everybody, it seems, wants the Grand Prix back on these shores, but not under the conditions presently being touted by Ecclestone.
Patrick Carpentier will get another chance at a pretty decent ride this week when he climbs into the NASCAR Sprint Cup No. 55 Toyota Camry of Michael Waltrip Racing at Watkins Glen International.
The last time he was in that car -- at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., -- Carpentier brought it home 11th, which is the team's best finish of the 2009 season so far.
"At Sonoma, he drove for me and started out with a car he wasn't happy with." Waltrip said this week. "He worked with my crew chief Bootie (Barker) and my NAPA boys to get an 11th-place finish. We also had a little deal on the side. If he was able to finish solidly at Infineon Raceway and he deemed the experience of working with my team as fun and wanted to do again, then he and I would ask NAPA to allow him to drive again."
But in between, Carpentier has been sharing driving duties with Mike Skinner and Scott Riggs in the No. 36 Tommy Bladwin Racing Toyota. With an average starting position of 40th, Carpentier has managed to finish 35th, a testament to his skill and to the lack of quality of the car.
But in order to keep his name in front of other teams, he must be seen, even if it's with an under-performing team like TBR.
Carpentier tested in the No. 55 Toyota at Virginia International Raceway on July 22 and came away believing he could better his 11th-place finish at Infineon.
"I feel like we will be even better at Watkins Glen after I had a chance to test with Michael's team," the Montreal native said. "I believe we made a lot of improvements. We tested a couple of cars with different setups and things so we have a good idea of what we need to have. I believe I have really good car for the race."
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