F1 » Ecclestone gives Austin more time

Bernie Ecclestone: The deadline hasn't been met, so we are still trying to make it happen. They would like the race to take place and I'd rather see the race happen than not.

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Caroline - Unregistered

December 01, 2011 11:40 AM


The races are still spilt 50/50, unless there's an uneven number of races, and then Sky get the extra race.

Unless of course this happens during the season, then it's as before. So if Bahrain and/or Austin were on the calendar and TV schedules drawn up, then if a race is cancelled there will be no renegotiation of the race split deal.

Back to Austin, how many deadlines is this now?
It makes the Korean GP deadline shifting that took place look totally reasonable now.

DJ - Unregistered

December 01, 2011 11:50 AM

@ caroline
Yes but they have already been devided up this year and the BBC published wihch races it's showing live, Just happens to be 2 Sky race that are in doubt.

icanread - Unregistered

December 01, 2011 12:26 PM

people/kids/semi alert seem to have this bizzare idea that sky have only half of the races live minus maybe 2. Fact is they have ALL the races live. its only the bbc that have half.


December 01, 2011 1:15 PM
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At least they have some more breathing space - and I MIGHT still be heading up there next November!!!

Of course we don't know what's going on behind the scene......a lot, I suspect.

Caroline - Unregistered

December 01, 2011 2:06 PM


The season isn't finalised yet, it will get it's final(ish) stamp of approval on the 7th of December, and if Austin is left off, that will give the BBC 47.3% of the races, as Sky will take another race to replace Austin ... Unless of course some fancy footwork has been done and the Beeb and Sky have set their broadcasts in stone ... We''ll just have to wait and see.


December 01, 2011 2:25 PM

caroline. i got the impression that you worked for the bbc, due to your knowledge of programming. how come, therefore, you cannot see that sky will be showing 100% of the races live? and that bbc will show 50% of the races live, unless there is an odd number.

Caroline - Unregistered

December 01, 2011 3:12 PM


Because I'm talking about the race picks, and specifically how they were picked, with a 20 race season, the pick ratio was 50/50, BBC first 3, Sky next 3, then 1 race alternately.

But the ratio will reduce to 47.3% for the BBC if Austin is dropped.

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