F1 » Ecclestone: Europe 'good for tourism, but not F1'

F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has warned that Europe faces loses many of its current races.

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December 02, 2011 11:49 AM
Last Edited 89 days ago

That's because he'd like every thing over in the middle east where people are happy to pay him what he wants, where as in Europe people question him , his ethics and his money grabbing.
Bernie will always have something to moan about. Fact.

Peter - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 11:58 AM

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Does BE really know what he's doing.

Clondikemike - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 12:07 PM

Yes BE does know what he is doing and he is doing what is best for F1 and its stakeholders and sponsors. Whilst I don't like it it is true that the only markets with potential for expansion in the automobile industry is the middle and far east. That is where the money is, that is where the industry needs to move into and have showcase events.
F1 is a business before it is a sport and it is controlled by markets and finance. There is potential growth in the east unlike Eorope and the US which is pretty much saturated. The new money is in countries like China and India and that is where F1 will inexorably move to.
So BE is doing his job and doing it well as far as F1 is concerned. I don't like it as I am a F1 traditionalist.
My hope is that a worthy F1 type series is set up in Europe to fill the vacuum and satisfy the Euro punters. But would there be the backing and money to make it viable??

tm - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 12:08 PM
Last Edited 81 days ago

Perhaps he should think about why he wants races to be held at night in Asia. Hint: because your TV audience is in Europe and most don't want to get up at 4am for you.

He should realize that the vast majority of F1 fans are located in Europe and all he does is alienating those fans by taking the races from their local tracks, while barely gaining fans at other locations.

He may be able to make nice deals and lots of money halfway across the globe, but he should remember that ultimately he makes money because we here in Europe watch. Once we stop watching, there is no F1.

Just a Fan - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 12:54 PM

Good luck finding all those countries who give a s**t about F1 Bernie! China, Turkey, South Korea might also need replacing in this strange new world of his too! And what about the teams?? Spending most of the year away from their families!?! I look forward to him going, as someone else said, we'll get a great new series in Europe, we'll have plenty of tracks all with reasonable ticket prices and free to air TV coverage!
Don't forget to close the door on your way out Bernie!


December 02, 2011 12:59 PM
Last Edited 1615 days ago

@Just a Fan

It's not free to in the UK anymore, it'll cost you about 50 quid a month to watch it if you want every race live, 50 quid straight into New Corps pocket...and another 160 quid to the government to watch races on a TV.

Great isn't it.

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