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Portugal becomes the latest country linked with the vacant slot on the 2013 F1 calendar

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soaum - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 12:00 PM

can they afford it? seems to be a lot of countries in Europe with people rioting due to failed economies at the moment. I am sure a 35m fee for a grand prix won't do much for peoples morale.


January 25, 2013 12:32 PM

There aren't any Portuguese F1 drivers on the starting grid, so i think the show should go over to France. However, the Portuguese, Turkish and French bids all hinge on their ability to pay the fee or raise the fee Bernie is asking. As we have seen with driver selection, it's all about money, and Bernie wants lots of it.

sodesu - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 1:43 PM

Maybe not, and maybe it's a bad idea for the portuguese to cough up to Bernie, irresponsible spending and all that, but from a purely egoistic opoint of view I would absolutely LOVE to see this happen. I think F1 at Portimao could be truly epic!

Kingalex - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 2:18 PM

Portugal may not have the finance to stage the race, but from a solidarity standpoint, it would be good for F1 to help countries suffering tough recessions. 35M is peanuts for Bernie but an event like that would be huge for the region most hit by the recession

Speed - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 5:30 PM

The Portuguese Gp would only be possible if we had representation in F1. I don't think there are enough investors to cover Bernie's fee, nor is our government willing to help (they didn't even pay Monteiro's Gp2/Gp3 Ocean Racing's promised millions). If Felix da Costa was around in F1, there would be a slight possibility. A very slight one.

Really sad, Portimao has a really nice track, and everybody loves Algarve

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