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Valencia to donate some of test proceeds to Haiti victims

Circuit Ricardo Tormo director-general Julio Garcia reveals that some of the proceeds from ticket sales for this week's opening pre-season F1 test in Valencia will go towards helping the victims of the Haiti earthquake
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia will donate some of the proceeds from ticket sales for this week's pre-season F1 group test to the victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti earlier this month.

The news was revealed by the Spanish track's director-general, Julio Garcia, as seven of the 13 teams in F1 2010 – defending world champions Mercedes Grand Prix as well as McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, Williams, Sauber and Scuderia Toro Rosso – prepare to compare themselves against one another for the first time this year.

Ticket prices range from €5 to €25, and some of that will go towards helping the devastated Caribbean country to be rebuilt following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake – the most severe in more than two centuries – that struck on 12 January, destroying Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, leaving over 150,000 people dead and three million more homeless.

“Fans who buy a ticket for the tests in Valencia will also be performing a humanitarian act to help after a tragedy,” affirmed Garcia.



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JDPower - Unregistered

January 31, 2010 5:25 PM

Richard, they have to at least be able to break even, I'm surprised after the amount Bernie charges the circuits they can afford to do this. It would be a far more generous if Bernie were to donate all the track fees to Haiti

richard

January 31, 2010 5:34 PM

jd, i would imagine that ALL charges for testing are paid by fia or bernie, as it is a designated test session, and there would be no need for spectators. the selling of tickets would only be a bonus to valencia, so they could in effect give all of the sales income to haiti, and still lose nothing.



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