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Bernie is playing a game with F1, and at the moment it's a game that unfortunately only he can win. He's more than happy to get new countries to spend on developping new tracks and then pay him top dollar for the right to stage races for 4 or 5 years, knowing that the more curcuits there are that can host a race then the more he can squeze out of the older traditonal venues. He's not bothered about some falling by the wayside in the short term as he has plenty of new countries wanting to jump in. Once he's reached a stage where no more new countries are interested and some more have fallen by the wayside, then he can start the merrygoround again, offereing insentives to get countries that have left to get them back in. Or even more radical, when he has say 30 countries where there are circuits that are up to F1 grade then he could shrink the calendar to say 14 or 15 races and really pump money out of the ones that are willing to stump up a hugely inflated price. Hate him but he is



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