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Bernie Ecclestone questions how the USA will embrace F1 when the sport returns

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Just a Fan - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 1:39 PM

I always thought that if they couldn't make F1 work at Indy, it won't work anywhere in America.

I am a huge race fan living in England, but I don't watch NASCAR or Indy Racing - I think it's on some satellite channel so in the UK it's a minority sport.
And why would or should the Americans be interested in Formula One!?!

Maybe the truth is that the Americans know that where formula one has no roots, it becomes an expensive novelty that soon the new “fans” get bored with!?!

A couple of lessons for Bernie there??


December 19, 2011 1:54 PM

The obvious question is then, Bernie, why did you go there? The obvious answer is MONEY! Now you distance yourself from any failure of the event whilst you pocket your millions. As always, a greedy little troll with no real interest in the sport, this move has surely proved it if that is your thinking. Money first, sport second.


December 19, 2011 2:15 PM

@ Caroline, so why does Bernie wield the big stick over races (such as Australia) with threats of pulling them if he has to pander to FOTA. It's not as straight forward as you think. With no Bernie, their is no race. Money always makes Bernie agree.

Mark _

December 19, 2011 2:17 PM

The races in the US had no problem with attendance. The problem is FOM's excessive fee. The only way to break even or make a proffit is with the aid of government funding. This is not a good business model here or for that matter anywhere else.

swingaxle8 - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 2:48 PM

Senna going to NASCAR. Man I hope not. I liked seeing the old yellow helmet again. F1 won't survive the US. I live in the US and NASCAR(sadly) is the dominant motor series for whatever reason. I would love to see it succeed , but as long as driviing around in a circle is around it won't make it.

Caroline - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 2:55 PM


Australia is important to FOWC, not to FOTA.
The US race has a $8 million lower sanctioning fee than most Asian/Mid East races, Mr.E doesn't get any of the sanctioning fee, if you look at company returns he earned 15 million last year, the sanctioning fees are split between the Teams and CVC 50/50, well the teams share out 48% after Ferrari have taken their 2% skim off the top.

Whitmarsh (chairman of FOTA) has been quoted numerous times saying a US race is important, Bernie would prefer a race in South Africa, Mexico or Argentina.

Mark _

December 19, 2011 3:28 PM

Swingaxle8 - F1 should not judge it's success by how it compares to Nascar. F1 will never be the most popular form of racing here but that doesn't matter. There are more than enough F1 and road racing fans to justify having races here. F1 fans in Europe need to stop pretending that this is a popularity contest.

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