F1 » European F1 races urged to 'wake up'

Bernie Ecclestone urges European F1 races to wake up if they want to retain their place on the calendar in future

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Bigmac - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 10:35 AM

How about this Bernie? Instead of constantly ripping out the heart (whats left of it) of F1 by always selling out to the highest bidding countries around the world, regardless of said country having any interest/history of F1, you try and really help some of the old circuits and venues remain on the calender. Of course I realise serious money has to be invested each year just to keep F1 alive, but if you keep taking the sport away from countries that have a genuine fan base, then F1 is gonna be in trouble. It seems that unless a track/venue has financial backing from its countries government, its impossible almost to pay Bernie what he wants, and to make the upgrades needed for modern day F1.

skally - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 11:00 AM

Congrats Bernie you have turned f1 into the most expensive and boring sport in the world. tarting up circuits to meet the corporate image is fine as long as it remains viable for spectators to afford tickets, most people just want clean toilets, something reasonably priced to eat and essentially good close racing but you have this image of super hi gloss circuits built built for business. ripping people off in europe with super high ticket prices so you can give tickets away in the far east to make it look full will come back to bite you.

Chris - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 11:14 AM

What these circuit owners past, present and future needs to do is band together, form a group of some sort and agree a fixed, equal price to pay Bernie, that way it is fairer to all the circuits. Who needs the races more? Bernie or the track owners? Track owners can host other races and events after all while Bernie will have nothing to race F1 on at all

superdowg316 - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 11:46 AM

Bernie, you're full of it. Sure, Austin was great, but your other attempts at tracks (Yenogam, New Jersey and etc,) are/will be absolute bore fests. Here's a brilliant idea. Race at more historic venues, make racing like it was 20-10 years ago. Then there will be more money. Tracks like Imola, A1, Estoril and so forth will bring huge crowds with the great racing. Tickets will be sold = profit. People will tune in more = profit. Tracks will gain more money and thus can pay your greedy needs more. Just either do this or finally go back to the retirement home and let someone with a brain take over.

Wannabies - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:09 PM

Look at the wannabe entrepreneurs on this thread. All your keyboard ideas will go no where. If you want to run some retro/historical type alternative series, give it a try. Would be happy to be proved wrong.

Bernie has pi$$ed off a few people in his time but when you take risks like he has, you will never make everyone happy. F1 is in the entertainment business, not the "live in the past and we will somehow still make money" business. The 2012 season was top notch and the numbers support that...far as I can see, Bernie is just doing his job.

gweed - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:10 PM

Not very nice that I say this, but I really hope he will drop dead soon. If he continues like this we will only watch boring racetracks in the future! Bye bye Spa, Silverstone, etc. Greedy troll!


December 08, 2012 12:12 PM

A track will measure its success by bums on seats. Even if the race is a total bore, if over 100,000 turn up to watch annually, it is a success for the track owners and promoters and they will have done their job. Conversely if attendance is very low, they have failed.
On this basis the races at Bahrain, Korea, Hockenheim and India have failed dismally with falling gates. Less than 28000 attended the Bahrain race this year.
Races at Australia, Canada, Silverstone, China, Monaco and Austin were great successes with attendances over 100000. All have earned their place without question.

The largest fall in attendance however is that of the TV audience which have fallen by around 10% with the arrival of sKy and whoever organises the TV rights should deal with this as they have failed dismally this year.
I wonder who that would be?

superdowg316 - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:15 PM

@Wannabies, as a young racer rising through the ranks myself, I've learnt quiet a bit. Sure 2012 has been great, but what about the previous years? Schumi dominence, Vettel dominence. The "Live in the past" thing is not what we're trying to say. We're trying to say that venues like Imola and so forth deserve a spot on the calender rather than South Korea. Speaking of living in the past, isn't F1 going back to V6 Turbos, which were used from 1984-1988? Yeah, we're sure living in the future with boring Tilke domes that have as much character as cardboard box.

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