F1 » Can Ma return kick-start Chinese F1 interest?

Ma Qing Hua returned to F1 action in Shanghai, but is he the key to staving off concerns over the country's interest in F1?

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April 12, 2013 1:22 PM

"Can Ma return kick-start Chinese F1 interest?"


He managed to finish last in his first GP2 race after qualifying 19th and last in practice. He may have won a domestic 1.6 touring car championship but that is hardly likely to excite a nation. Autosport rate him number 2212 in the world - the lowest of any Chinese driver in any series.

Alonso stirred up a nation by winning. Will the Chinese be excited and proud of a back end driver and flock to the barely used solitary F1 race track?
I have my doubts.

JJJ - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 3:13 PM

If he'd be able to beat or even come close to the regular Caterham drivers, maybe, but in reality he was 1.5s slower than vd Garde...

I doubt the Chinese will be cheering on a driver who is really only there because of sponsorship money. It's a poor joke already that he's signed to race in GP2 this year, the guy has less results behind his name than Gaston Mazzacane.

Wishbone - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 9:22 PM

Not while he has hole in his ar*e. Jeez, this guy makes Max Chilton look like Alain Prost! I'm sure China will one day be able to field a competitive driver but their motorsport scene will need to evolve a lot more to produce any quality.

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