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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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Caroline - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:23 PM


You have to calculate the number attending the race with the cost of buying a ticket, a large amount of people paying very little, is the same as a small amount of people paying a lot.

You're right about viewing figures.

The season ended with a combined (BBC+Sky) loss of 16.93%, and that's not the worst of it, that's not the crucial unique viewing figures, that has a near 22% loss in viewers compared to 2011.


December 08, 2012 12:23 PM

superdowg. first of all, you criticise schumi and vettel dominance. then you say that you are a racer coming through the ranks. now, if you were "dominating", wuld you be happy or not, and if there was another dominating in your formula, would you not find it good to try and catch him/her?

as for tilke circuits being boring? turkey and austin are certainly not boring. tilke can only do what he is told to do, and with the sites given. i mean, what COULD he do with an industrial area such as valencia?

now as to european circuits, bernie owns a couple of these, so surely he would be in a position to improve european gps? he owns ricard, so why does HE not elect to hold an f1 race there, at NO cost????

superdowg316 - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:37 PM

@richard, I never said I hated the Vettel Schumi domination (well, I mighted have worded it that way). Of course, I'd love to win every race, every championship and everything else on my way to higher racing series'. I'm looking at it at a business point. After all, doesn't Bernie and the FIA change the rules to make the sport "exciting" (think 2005). As for his tracks, I wonder the same thing. Paul Ricard, Imola, A1 Ring, Estoril, Jerez and other circuits will bring spectators. I do like Istanbul and Austin, but seriously, Yeogam, new Hockenheim and so forth offer little to none excitement (from a business view). However, I'm sure driving at those tracks are pretty fun, but there needs to be a line between having more international event and over the top money fest plant-a-tracks

speedy - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 12:58 PM

Bernie should do a race in the Algarve Circuit, it is simply amazing, with lots of overtaking places, for the spectators the view of the circuit it's amazing, and it is simply amazing for the drivers, also it's a new venue!!! forget about those places outside europe that people don't even know the name of the drivers!

Andrea - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 2:09 PM

Bernie, do not touch Monza, Silverstone, SPA and Hockenheim. These are must have tracks in the calendar...Perhaps I am indifferent to Valencia going, along with the Hungaroring (boring tracks when it does not rain, this year with Alonso's win it was an exception). He'll leave Monaco of course.

tm - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 3:13 PM

Yeah Bernie, and that's why you want to desperately to have night races right? Because your target audience is in those new markets?


You known damn well that the F1 fan is mostly located in Europe, which is why you want all the non-European races to be at a time us Europeans can see it live.

How about not being such an egotistic money hungry **** and making it financially feasible for the people that watch F1 to go see on the best tracks in the world instead of being forced to watch it happen on Tilke's Mickey Mouse tracks from TV.

Dario - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 4:32 PM

Just to make sure, we're all pretty sure that "work harder" is Bernie's code for coming up with more money, right?

What a troll.

If I lived, say, in Belgium, I don't know that I would want my tax dollars going to propping up Spa's finances, only for that money to get funneled to Bernie's and his buddies' pockets, no matter how big of an F1 fan I was.

Dario - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 4:33 PM

And in the other article on Crash, where he talks about how Schumacher doesn't have to work any more, doesn't have to worry, therefore he shouldn't have come back to F1, well, how about you, Bernie. Don't you think you have enough money for the 10 years you have left on this planet? How about you follow your own advice.

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