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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Juice - Unregistered

December 03, 2011 4:24 AM

Bernie is smart no doubt about it. He's always business and right now the European economy is no safe bet. Sure they have some of the best tracks, but the money in other markets like Abu Dhabi keeps F1 as the premier class.

bob gilbey - Unregistered

December 03, 2011 11:33 AM

Bernie is in it for Bernie - ****** the fans! So long as he is making money to keep the beautiful daughters in ridiculous amounts of money, that's all he cares.

Europe is the heart of motor racing - funny there are no drivers from Turkey, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi etc... why bother to go there except the oil money that tops up Bernie's pockets.

As for multple races in Spain, watching Scalextrix is more exciting than Valencia and most of Herman Tike's tracks.

To think of losing Spa, Monza or even Silverstone would be a travesty.

If CVC get shot of Bernie - this would be the best thing for the sport!


Clondikemike - Unregistered

December 03, 2011 8:45 PM

The only ****heads are those that watch the races then moan about it. If you don't like it excersise your right to switch off.
If viewers want to make an impact and influence the way F1 is presented or run then don't watch it.
The truth of the matter is F1 can be so arrogant is because it doesn't need to fill arenas to make money, esp when gov'ts and rich arabs are willing to underwrite events. The industry supports F1as a medium to sell. F1 will continue moving east as that is where the industry and its sponsors want it to be. If fans in Europe don't like it switch off and see if it changes anything, which it won't.
F1 is a business first and foremost. F1 has repeatedly shown its contempt for fans, those fans continue to watch though. The potential volume and markets in the middle and far east make Europe redundant as F1 is exhibiting.
Nice you've come out of the closet and admitted your a moderator. Shame you don't moderate your own posts with the same zeal.


December 03, 2011 10:01 PM

clondike. granted that f1 is a business, but it is also a sport that relies to a very large extent on the fanbase. judging by empty stands in the middle and far east, the main fanbase still appears to be in the wester area.
as for your last remark, what are you on about? i have had my posts removed or edited at times, but as i abide by the standards shown on the comment page, and dont post insults and abuse, obviously my posts are not often subjected to action.


December 03, 2011 10:58 PM

I try to tolerate and understand people but this week Clarkson and Ecclestone have both shown themselves to be in the wrong job. Of course F1 is a European sport, born in France and Britain, totally dependant on English engineering and whose greatest circuits are almost all in Western Europe. Add the UK-friendly transmission times and you can see that Bernie is talking like a madman. Until he is replaced by someone who can tell the difference between pleasing many people and merely making a few rich, F1's real progression will have to stay on hold while this distasteful, swanky, self-regarding clique of property developers waste everyone's time.

Alex - Unregistered

December 04, 2011 12:17 AM

The time is right for a new series to replace F1 in Europe, cars with big engines and no restrictions run by anyone other than Bernie. What a shame A1 GP is still not going

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