F1 » F1 has never worked in US, insists TMS owner


NASCAR circuit owner Bruton Smith has ridiculed the chance of F1's return in Austin hitting ticket sales at Texas Motor Speedway.

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F1 Lover - Unregistered

November 04, 2012 9:39 AM

That comment just proves hes an F1 hater and is hoping F1 will not succeed. Someone tell him that cars going in circles all day long is no where close in excitment to F1.

Rhino

November 04, 2012 9:59 AM

He's knows his market better than you or I ever will.
NASCAR is promoted all season I doubt f1 will get than kind of promotion all over the USA, so he may have a point.

Everyone has to start somewhere.
If Bernie leaves the circuit with a bitter taste in it's mouth and arguments about money , f1 will not get positive promotion it needs to succeed.

I'm not looking for people agree or disagree with me, but look at it from an average American's point of view, TMS point of view, and the crap you see on the current circuit with money grabbing Bernie leaving people high and dry.

It's going to be a VERY up hill struggle.

ratchet69

November 04, 2012 10:18 AM

It's always about the money. Circuit owners can only recoup their costs from the paying public. As the price for hosting a GP rises steeply each year so the ticket prices are hiked up to cover the extra cost.
Fans are driven away by the cost and seek entertainment elsewhere, the circuit falls out of favour and a new, preferably government backed, Tilkedrome is selected to take it's place in the calendar.
Hence the relentless drive of Formula One toward the petrodollar soaked Arab states and the Far East.

Bryan G - Unregistered

November 04, 2012 10:25 AM

How many F1 circuits make a profit? The situation is that American circuits are treated as a business not a prestige excercise - the man is correct in that it will fall apart in a year or two as Bernie screws every last cent out of them.

LJ - Unregistered

November 04, 2012 10:33 AM

Well, I know Bernie wants to secure these 2 races in the US (although I think he's probably more excited about New Jersey). He may be a bit less money grabby in the first few seasons, which gives it a chance.

He's not going to be able to play this game forever. I too like to get in on the Bernie rants, but he has transformed the sport and enabled projects like Abu Dhabi, which are impressive you have to admit.

I wouldn't mind seeing a South Africa race again. Although I fear it won't be back at Kyalami, which is a classic.

benignlyindifferent

November 04, 2012 10:35 AM

Maybe F1 will work this time and maybe it will not. Regardless, disparaging comments such as these concerning another series, are in very bad form and reveal more about Bruton Smith than the future of F1 in America. The man is an ass.

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