F1 » F1 should target US not Korea, claims team boss.

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Rodriguez 917 - Unregistered

October 07, 2009 12:53 PM

Yes but you forget Mr Whitmarsh as long as Bernie is in charge, countries that actually have motorsport fans will get overlooked by countries that want to pay him huge sums of money to stage a race. Korea will be another Turkey.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 07, 2009 1:14 PM

I'm glad to see someone like MW voicing concerns over 6 races in Asia. Add to that the 3 in the Mid-East (Turkey, Dubai, Abu Dhabi), potentially 3 in the Americas (Canada, USA and Brazil), and 1 in Australia, that only leaves four slots for Europe. Given that boring Hungary has a contract for years and years, and that no-one is ever going to get rid of the Monaco GP, that leaves just two other slots in the calendar for Britain, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Spain with no hope for other former venues like France and San Marino, priced out of the market by Bernie chasing dollars. More than half the calendar in Asia/ME is far too many.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

October 07, 2009 1:21 PM

As I watch most of my F1 on TV, the actual venue doesn't matter to me. What DOES matter is a challenging, non-Mickey Mouse track, proper grass at the side of the track, and stands full of paying spectators. There is nothing more depressing to me than watching any motorsport and when the cameras pan away, seeing NO spectators.

Chris G NYC - Unregistered

October 07, 2009 2:05 PM

F1's mystique is a mix of technology, glamour and tradition. The balance gets upset when you remove tracks with great heritage. F1 should remain Euro based with races primarily in Italy, England, France, Germany, etc. Then add in the Brazil and Montreal races and maybe develop a US round worth going to. To me a US round is not essential as long as Montreal is there (I am American). Then of course Japan and SIngapore are great rounds but the Middle Eastern ones in the middle of nowhere with 5,000 fans on race day are an embarassment. The idea of letting any country willing to pay govt $$ to hold a race is awful.


October 07, 2009 2:18 PM

The only way there will be a race in the US with Bernie's current practices of charging high fees and not sharing in the revenue will be if Bernie buys or builds his own track and does the promoting himself. No one in the States will host a race under his current business model.


October 07, 2009 3:32 PM

Can't believe it but I agree with something MW has said. :?

It is still true that F1 needs the US more than the US needs F1. The US is a huge market. A lot of high end motorcars are being sold in the US even if demand is down. Ditto for most any other product you care to mention. Some entity in the US needs to put up some serious money for a world-class F1 venue. Then we could reasonably disscuss terms with Greedo et al. Mabe, then, someone from the F1 investment community would explain to the commerical rights holder and his buds at FIAsco that you don't develop a large, loyal fan base by jerking them around. But Le Roi de Soliel never cared about the little people.

Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

October 07, 2009 5:01 PM

Nothing is going to get any better in F1 unless Bernie gets run over by a herd of buffaloes, after he was he hit by a truck & the ambulance taking him to hospital falls over a cliff.

Steve Pearce

October 07, 2009 5:14 PM

It comes down to calendar space at the end of the day, though i dont see why. Why not have 20 races a year, or more.

That said i would prefer to see a US race, though not at Indy. Lets crack out the superb race tracks, Sebring or Road America. Sebring at least has the advantage that its relatively open, with only a small amount of modification needed to run f1, which Road America would need big investment, sadly, in this modern, safety-driven F1 world!

Then again, i see no problem goign to the far east, or anywhere for that matter, if the crowds come. Its annoying though when they replace a sellout track with a desert track that ends up being a quarter full!

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