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Bernie Ecclestone claims that a night race on the streets of Bangkok will be a reality in time for the 2015 F1 season

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OrangeFerret - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 6:21 PM

A better venue to add would be Mexico, loads of fans already go to Canada and Texas to see Perez, even more would go if there was an actual Mexican GP to see Perez and now also Esteban!

KGBVD - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 6:21 PM

@mrfill:

1MalaysiaRacing (Caterham) makes one Malaysian team. And fine, Lotus is only a title-sponsor, but add that to Petronas and you have two title-sponsors (1 more than GB), and one fully owned team in F1 from Malaysia. That's 3 of 11 teams. (Also, Alex Yoong drove around the back of the grid in a Minardi for a few years.)

That means that Malaysia has more representation in F1 than most European countries. Quite frankly, the same goes for India.

Ma Qinghua drove an F1 car in an official session, which makes him an F1 driver (he has a superlicense). Not an active racer, no, but still better representation than most other countries (when was the last Hungarian driver to even test? Maybe they should lost their race...)

These old-school Euro-F1 fanboys need to wake up and realize that Europe can't pay for F1 anymore (you think Bernie leaving will stop that?!). I don't miss Imola, the A1 ring, Valencia, Magny-Cours, Estoril, and I wouldn't miss Hungary or Barcelona. I don't

KGBVD - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 6:24 PM

(cont'd)
get why ppl remember these snooze-fests with any sort of fondness. That not all of the new races are 100% successful right away shouldn't matter.

Things change, get over it.

Taipan

December 19, 2012 7:27 PM

KG, I wasn't going to get into an Europe v Asia argument since I have nothing against Asia but as you're intent on insulting Europe and bigging up all of the wonderful things Asia has brought to F1, Alex Yoong, Ma Qinghua and borrowing the UK brand names Lotus and Caterham, gee thanks for that!

Europe - Spa, Monza, Silverstone, Monaco, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes, Sauber, every drivers champion for the last 15 years and every constructors champion since 1958. Europe MADE F1 and no amount of money will change that.

KGBVD - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 7:42 PM

@ Tiapan, my point was that it takes time for a fanbase and support to grow, in reaction to initial comments about empty stands. (And on that, I'd rather see empty stands in interesting cities, than full stands in the middle of a field in Surrey).

Europe made F1, true, congrats. But that shouldn't overshadow the fact that F1 cannot survive relying on a Europe-only business model. There is just no reason to race for no money. (And, btw, stating the obvious facts that Europe has no money to support F1 races, and that half of the races in Europe are just as boring as the Tilke-dromes, doesn't mean I'm insulting Europe or even insinuating that F1 doesn't need Europe.)

If that wasn't true, HRT would be flush with sponsors. And they had how many over their three years? Oh yea, 1 (from India).

Old fanboys are OBSESSED with what F1 USED to be, and where it came from. Who cares? Watch Goodwood to relive the good old days.

I like watching Formula One, a cutting-edge, technologically

richard

December 19, 2012 8:36 PM

kgb. you really are a bitter person. what is wrong with nostalgia? some of the best ever races were run on the tracks that you dismiss. such as imola, a1 ring, estoril, hungaroring, magny-cour etc. and funny how a1 ring is reckoned by a lot of drivers as the best. and then you reckon that another street race is what is needed. surely the likes of valencia has shown you what is bad about street racing. leave that to the boy racers!
and you say you watch f1 for the technoloy? well, what has ANY circuit to do with technology. and if you want global racing, yes, by all means, but dont have a pile of races in one small area. lets have kyalami, and argentina again. and why not your homeland, russia?

Taipan

December 19, 2012 8:54 PM

KG, If the field in Surrey that you refer to is Silverstone you'll find part of it in Northhamptonshire and part of it in Buckinghamshire but none of it's in Surrey.
As for you prefering to sit in an empty stand in an "interesting" city watching an F1 car driving round a complete compromise of a track where the cars full ability can never be reached and the real purpose of the event is a tourisim advert, well good for you.

I'll stick to preferring to be with 120,000 other F1 fans, in a field watching an F1 car change direction at 170mph through Maggotts and Becketts like real F1 fans have been experiencing for 60 years. If that makes me an old fanboy I'll wear that badge with pride.

superdowg316 - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 9:01 PM

To be fair, the starting days of Formula One where run on streets and airfields. Even though we might like to think it, but GP heritage is based on street races.

HOWEVER, that was back when racing was taking off and when there were no proper circuits. And that was back when a season had 7 races in total each season. The problem is, Bernie is trying to add tracks left right and centre without considering the older venues. There needs to be a 50/50 balance between old and new tracks.

richard

December 19, 2012 9:15 PM

superdowg. to the contrary. the first races were on public roads, racing from point to point. later these became laps of a road course. spa or le mans are examples which basically continue. street racing was confined to monaco. i cannot recollect any other street circuit. the likes of mola was in a park. airfield circuits were the first specific tracks. i am not sure when the first ground up track was built, but it is in modern history.

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