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Bahrain grand prix in doubt over democracy protests, Bernie Ecclestone puts the ball in crown price’s court

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Bahrain Grand Prix

The Bahrain Grand Prix was meant to be the grand opening F1 race to the 2011 formula one season.However pro democracy protests (much less publicized than those of Egypt) seem to be set to derail the 2011 season opener.

The unrest finally reached F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, Ecclestone has put the ball in the Crown Prince’s court saying that his decision would be final on the Bahrain Grand Prix

‘I haven’t spoken to the Crown Prince this morning so I don’t know what’s happened there. If anybody’s going to sort it out he’s the guy to do it. ‘He would decide whether or not it’s safe for us to be there.

‘Let’s wait until Tuesday and see if this one’s going to take place before we decide what to do. Maybe we could postpone Bahrain or run it later in the year.’

Meanwhile noises became more and more clear that all the F1 teams are in unison against the Bahrain Grand Prix going through. Apparent safety concerns have made the teams wary of coming to Bahrain. Mercedes’s Norbert Haug was quoted as saying: ‘The safety of our employees is more important than anything else’

Mark Webber was more vocal about the situation commenting on the loss of lives in the protests :

“When you hear of people losing their lives, this is a tragedy.

“It’s probably not the best time to go there for a sporting event. They have bigger things, bigger priorities.”  Mark Webber said

Photo : Soman, under CC Attribution/Share Alike 2.5

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February 20th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Formula one returns to Canada after a year’s gap

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Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Satellite Photo

The last race at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was held in 2008, Robert Kubica was the man of the moment then who had taken the chequered flag. The race was cancelled for the 2009 season after the local authorities failed to reach a consensus with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone over money matters.

However this year, Provincial as well as Federal governments have pledged a lot of money to get the race back to Canada. A new five year deal worth 75 million USD was signed between the FIA and the Montreal Race representatives to ensure the survival of the Canadian grand prix fixture.

Bernard Ragueneau who is the co-president of the Crescent Street Merchants Association was quoted as saying :

“We should never have lost this Grand Prix in the first place,”

“The Grand Prix needs us as much as we need the Grand Prix” he said.

True we say, the heritage associated with the Gilles Villeneuve circuit is no less than the Hungarorings and the Hockenheims. And now with its return, the Canadian Grand Prix is the only formula one race in North America. Ofcourse the United States is also on a comeback trail as we had reported earlier with the formula one race planned in Austin, Texas instead of the earlier venue Indianapolis.

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June 10th, 2010 at 5:49 am

Formula One to return to US, Austin, Texas to host race in 2012

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Lewis Hamilton 2007 United States Grand Prix

Indianapolis can go take a hike, a hike to Austin , Texas as that is the new venue of the formula one United States Grand prix. In a grand announcement, Bernie Ecclestone confirmed the US Grand Prix deal with Full Throttle Productions.

Bernie was ecstatic that a ‘world class facility’ will be made to host the F1 grand prix, the first time in the US. It seems like a potshot at the Indy circuit more than anything else, lets hope Hermann Tilke isnt allowed within 100 miles of the track.

“For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event,” Bernie Ecclestone was quoted.

“This will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.”

Meanwhile the promoters of the event, Full Throttle productions were also thrilled at their new venture.

“We are extremely honored and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder,” said Tavo Hellmund, of Full Throttle Productions.

“We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the state of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Tex., as a prestigious global event.”

Its definitely good news that the race is getting back to one of the most powerful countries in the world and American F1 fans will get a chance to see their heroes live again.

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May 26th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Bernie Ecclestone confirms Chinese Grand Prix for 2011

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The Chinese Grand Prix will continue beyond the 2010 season on a rolling contract Bernie Ecclestone has stated answering doubts about the future of the loss making race which had initially signed a 7 year deal in 2004 due to expire with the seventh race this season. It was rumoured that the organisers wont renew the race contract owing to the super large losses being made by the race.

In a statement to the press, Ecclestone was quoted as saying :

“We’ve talked to them all the time about everything, we’re happy with everything, no dramas,” Bernie Ecclestone told reporters at Shanghai.

“The contract is ongoing here, it will go on as a rolling contract. I’ll be here next year also.”

Bernie Ecclestone further went on to blame the organisers for the poor run of the race.

“It’s a shame, the whole venue’s good, everything’s good, they’re not promoting it properly, it’s a simple as that,” Bernie Ecclestone added.

“These people that run the place should do a bit more, in the centre of Shanghai, you wouldn’t even know there’s a race here.”

He is right on that part, I was searching for the website of the Chinese Grand Prix and drew a big blank. Even in a  neighbouring country like India there are no ads for the Chinese Grand Prix nor are there any education campaigns.

Compare that to Malaysia and Singapore who spend so much time and money in promoting their annual formula one races (both print and TV advertisements) and are rewarded with high footfall from all around the world. Infact both Singapore and Malaysia have local contracts with travel agents who also popularise the events on their behalf.

China needs to do a lot more to promote the race at one of the swankiest race tracks in the world if it wants to make a profit on the race. As Bernie points out most people are not even aware of the race. No awareness = no profit 🙂

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April 16th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Rumour: Flavio Briatore set to make Formula One return in 2013

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If rumourville is to be believed Flavio Britatore is said to make a formula one return in 2013 and reportedly he is pitting for Bernie Ecclestone job.

for those of you who may be caught a little off guard here, Flavio Briatore was accused of asking Nelsinho Piquet to crash his Renault formula one car deliberately. The FIA then proceeded to ban Flavio Briatore for his life. Briatore appealed and his appeal was found correct and sustained and the lifeban dissolved.

So now the rumour is that he has agreed to stay off the F1 circuits till 2013 when he will return to the stage of formula one as a commercial director. The deal will ofcourse save the FIA a lot of legal formalities and hurdles but will put into dark the justice that its supposed to have done for the millions of formula one fans around the world.

The Italian Briatore was found to be guilty by Renault also and not only the FIA, so how much is this deal justified ? Our view is that its not, its another place where money and power have ruled over good sense and sportsmanship. In the past few years numerous cheating scandals have emerged with the FIA failing to take concrete action each time and the one time it did was in the case of Briatore and now even that action is reversed.

There is an interesting perspective on the whole thing by Tom Cary, all the parties involved , Pat Symonds, Flavio Briatore, Nelsinho Piquet and the FIA itself will be going scot free from this incident.

It seems the crashgate will be just like the Stepneygate scandal, just fodder for the media and no concrete results of the scandal being exposed.

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April 13th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

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