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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

The formula one Indian Grand Prix is on track !

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The Indian Grand Prix which is scheduled to be organised from the 2011 season is very much on track if the officials involved with the track, its construction and operation are to be believed. The Indian Grand Prix circuit which is coming up in Noida near New Delhi in the NCR region has been marred by hiccups with the sports ministry refusing to recognise formula one as a sport and refusing to sanction tax breaks and incentives for the same. The company incharge of the track and the race isnt worried though. The Jaypee Group, one of the leading conglomerates of India is the company entrusted with organising formula one in India for the next ten years.

Mark Hughes who is the former boss of operations at the Bahrain Grand Prix is the man incharge of the Indian formula one circuit. He is very optimistic about the Indian Grand Prix race in 2011. Addressing a section of the media, he was quoted as saying :

“We fully expect the race to go ahead next October,” vice president of JPSK Sports, a Jaypee Group subsidiary, Mark Hughes said.

“The circuit is part of a sports city being constructed 35 kilometres outside the Indian capital on a 2,800 acre site with areas set aside for the Formula One track and a 100,000-seater international cricket stadium,” Hughes added.

“Jaypee Group head Jaiprakash Gaur is passionate about sport and he has a dream to develop Indian youngsters with talent and prospects to progress,” Hughes added. “The sports hub is part of that dream.”

“We expect to complete construction by July 2011 and once the FIA has given its approval we can finalise training for marshals, track officials and medical staff in time for an October race.”

He also revealed details about the track and that formula one teams were sent simulations of the Indian Grand Prix track and asked for their inputs to the same.

“We sent the details to all the teams and they programmed the information into their simulators and gave us feedback on where we could make improvements and add overtaking opportunity points.”

P.S. The logo above is not the Official logo, its a fan logo designed by us.

Sebastien Vettel wins the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix , Red Bull 1-2 with Mercedes GP completing the podium

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Nico Rosberg 3rd malaysian grand prix 2010

Apologies for no photo of the winning driver, apparently Red Bull’s media department is not approving our application to use their photos for editorial purposes.

Red Bull really did give Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber wings with the duo grabbing a 1-2 at the 2010 formula one Malaysian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg was third for the Mercedes GP formula one team (erstwhile Brawn GP) while his teammate Michael Schumacher was unlucky yet again as a nut came off his car’s wheel and he was forced to retire. Before that Michael Schumacher in a strong start had made up 2 places.

Sebastien Vettel proved that if you are good enough and if you drive good enough, victory will come and luck factor will diminish. After 2 unlucky races, Malaysia proved to be third time lucky.

Lewis Hamilton was another the start performer of the day though, the Briton made his way up from 20th on the grid to sixth place. His teammate Jenson Button was 8th at the finish line.

Meanwhile Spaniard and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso called the Malaysian Grand Prix the toughest race of his life. He suffered a gearbox problem and apparently no clutch in the race.

“Right from the start things went wrong. On the formation lap, my gearbox broke, and I had no clutch during the race,” Fernando Alonso said.

“So I had to brake in a weird way. I had to first gear down and then push the throttle hard so it would engage the gear for that corner.

“So it was probably the hardest race of my whole life in terms of driving, because I had to improvise for every corner.

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FIA invites new teams to apply for 2011 formula one season

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The FIA which is the governing body for formula one has announced the last day to apply for the 2011 formula one season. The purpose of the announcement is to fill in any vacancy that might be created in the 2011 season.

The FIA will judge the new entrants on the following parameters :

1) the technical ability and resources of the team

2) the ability of the team to raise and maintain sufficient funding to allow participation

3) the team’s experience and human resources

4) the FIA’s assessment of the value that the candidate may bring to the championship as a whole.

Teams which were trying to enter this year but couldnt are also expected to apply via this scheme. The FIA will announce the list of accepted F1 teams later on in the 2010 formula one season.

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March 20th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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