Montreal could once again host the Formula One Grand Prix, according to a preliminary calendar for the race.


The Grand Prix has brought top tourist dollars to Montreal in the past. ((CBC))

Formula One czar Bernie Ecclestone met with team bosses on the weekend to unveil his proposed 2010 calendar, which includes 18 events, one more than this year.

French website reported Monday that the additional race likely means Montreal will host the Grand Prix next year.

Earlier this month, Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay denied there was any formal deal in place to bring the race back to the city, despite Ecclestone's claims it was almost a done deal.

On Monday, Tremblay said he wasn't aware of the new calendar, adding he asked that Montreal not be included in any preliminary planning until a deal is finalized to bring the race back to the city.

The Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal was removed from the Formula One circuit in October 2008 over a contractual dispute, to the dismay of civic leaders and merchants.

With files from The Canadian Press