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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sauberfan - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 1:10 PM

Funny: I had the feeling only the grandstands in Europe are full with people. But he's right, that's a shame, because these stupid supporters then hide the nice advertisings written on the seats. Thanks God, we can see them in China, Korea, Bahrein, Abu Dhabi and other great democratic countries.


December 02, 2011 1:22 PM

the full interview has not been posted. bernie went on to say that europe was "no longer the spiritual home of f1"! what a load of bs. no matter how f1 goes in the future, you cannot just delete the fact that europe will always be the spiritual home!
and as for racing in europe, it is bernie refusing to contract f1 races in europe, that is the problem. he brought in the rule that there could only be one gp in each country (apart from spain, that is!) and then prices out other circuits as it suits him.

MotoMan - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 3:05 PM

as a life long F1 Fan i thought i would never say it but am falling outa love with the sport. all these foreign races just have no passion about them. europe, australia, canada, brazil and mexico anywhere else no thanks


December 02, 2011 3:12 PM
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If F1's spiritual home is not Europe then where is it? Bahrain by any chance?

Yes, lots of governments are willing to throw money at F1 to promote their countries at the moment, but this WILL be a short term measure. Those goverments will not continue to stump up the cash if the fan base isn't there. Once some of the "new" countries find new ways to generate interest in their land they will move on and dump F1.

Europe is F1's spiritual home, always has been and will be long after Bernie has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Manny Fold - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 3:42 PM

There is only one reason for this which is money for the little gnome.F1 was spawned in Europe it is a European sport which it is where it should stay.
Ecclestone sucked 5 billion out of what was once a sport in Europe and now he wants to take what he seems to think is his show to recoup some of the foreign aid

Just a Fan - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 3:47 PM


Yeah, that was what I was alluding to - when F1 is gone to these far off magical lands, we can have a new F1 type series in Europe (and outside, why not!?!) that IS free to air and kind to us fans. Let's hope at least!
There's no way I'm lining Bernie or Murrdochs pockets by paying to watch F1 on Sky!

Thorborg - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 5:01 PM

I couldn't give a monkeys where the races are held and neither will most F1 fans.

After all this site was full of complaints about the cost of a Sky Subscription so I have no idea how those people afford to pay the ticket price at Silverstone plus the petrol/accommodation costs for those that don't live near.

I watch on TV so it makes no difference to me whether it is held in Russia instead of Spain or England. All the fake outrage on this site does make me laugh.

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