François wrote:Maybe Iran wants the race for themselves!
Or maybe the whole country? so they can be near Saudi Arabia?
The president of the Automobile Federation of Bahrain has called on Formula One to help unify his country, but is unable to offer concrete guarantees over safety.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa Al Khalifa, who is also one of the 26 members of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, feels Bahrain will emerge a stronger nation following next month's grand prix. Last year's race was called off following the deaths of a number of anti-government protesters involved in violent clashes with police and the armed forces.
Al Khalifa told Press Association Sport: "I know all eyes are on us, but for me I feel there is a buzz going on in the country to rally around Formula One. So my message to Formula One is 'be part of unifying my country'. We've had our share of trouble, people have made mistakes, but it is time to reconcile, to move on and come out stronger and more united."
Ferrari’s new deal for the 2013 Concorde Agreement reportedly involves a $50 million annual fee.
reppo wrote:http://www.f1zone.net/news/ferrari-concorde-with-50m-bonus/13315/Ferrari’s new deal for the 2013 Concorde Agreement reportedly involves a $50 million annual fee.
Isn't that about the same as combined budget of HRT and Marussia. Somewhere it was that they get nothing from the new deal. And Mercedes is unhappy. What if they leave like Honda, Toyota and BMW did. There are now four engine suppliers in F1: Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Cosworth. Cosworth having only HRT and Marussia might change their name to Notworth and leave. PURE is supposed to come in 2014 but it might end up to be Ferrari vs Renault game. What is it so difficult in making a deal that would satisfy all teams?
Mar.28 (GMM) The FIA has dismissed the latest rumours about next month's Bahrain grand prix.
Some publications this week said F1's governing body was in the process of drafting a statement announcing that the Sakhir race has been cancelled due to security concerns.
But the FIA's director of communications Norman Howell angrily denied those reports.
At the same time, Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa al-Khalifa, Bahrain's motor racing federation chief and also an FIA world council member, admitted he could not guarantee the safety of F1's travelling personnel next month.
"There are no guarantees in this world," he is quoted by PA Sport, after admitting "disturbances" in Bahrain are still taking place.
"You could be (in danger) anywhere, even Silverstone.
"All I can guarantee you is you will be as safe as at any other grand prix."
Asked if there will be extra security measures in place, Khalifa answered: "No, absolutely not. It will be life as normal.
"We've never had any violence towards foreigners simply because they are foreigners or in F1."
F1 industry monitor Formula Money has found that the Bahrain grand prix is more commercially successful for teams and trackside advertisers even than Monaco, Spa and Monza.
The publication also said that if the 2012 race is cancelled, "the teams could lose $44.7m of prize money".