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Bernie Ecclestone responds to comments from Texas Motor Speedway boss Eddie Gossage over the timing of the United States Grand Prix

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February 26, 2014 1:50 PM

Maybe the logistics problems are true. But its short sighted to say they're playing to a different audience.

Actually NASCAR is in somewhat of a lull. The future race fan in America is the kids drifting around in imports, who can identify more with F1 than Nascar.
Gear heads in America have few choices and none are good. The new combined GT challenge, at Daytona was run by NASCAR, complete with the phantom yellow flag to bunch up the field for a green-white finish.

Seems F1 would wan't to raid the limited audience while the plate is hot.


February 26, 2014 3:39 PM

Wasn't the timing (and criticism) of the two races the same last year?

I love Bernard's "we need to be efficient" speech, that'll be why the last 5 races are Japan, Russia, USA, Brazil, Abu Dhabi, because geographically they're right next door to each other!


February 26, 2014 4:06 PM

This will polarize NASCAR fans (who attended US F1 races for fun, but don't follow F1) against F1 outright. Bernie underestimates how emotionally volatile the US market is. We're a good market when we like you, and a caustic market when we don't. Negativity over a perceived slight spreads like a brush fire. As far as attracting drifter kids to F1? Not a chance. They simply don't see F1 as any more relevant than NASCAR. I see younger people in greater numbers at pro motorcycle races (where the racing is truly exciting, and tickets affordable) than F1. I also see them at import drag races in huge numbers, as well as tuner events. I've seen more under-30's attendees at a So-Cal street race than at any open wheel road race event, including F1. Just not a youth oriented sport, with its $300 tickets and irrelevant cars and sponsors (Red Bull excepted). Tapping the US youth market with F1 is going to require a serious effort to make it relevant, which today it is not.

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