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Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2011

Calendar uncertainty good for Turkey

This week's events have raised the possibility Turkey could return to the F1 calendar next year. The race has been dropped from the 2012 calendar because the Istanbul organisers and Bernie Ecclestone could not agree to a revised sanctioning fee. But we reported in September that, given renewed uncertainty about Bahrain's return to the calendar next year, Turkey "is on standby" for 2012. This week, it has emerged that the inaugural US grand prix in Texas, and the Korean event, are also in doubt for […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Question marks over three races for 2012

Up to three races on the 2012 calendar are endangered, according to a Brazilian media report. The O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper reports that the events scheduled in Korea, the United States and Bahrain will be discussed during Thursday's F1 Commission meeting in Geneva. An unprecedented 20 grands prix have been scheduled on the 2012 calendar, but Bernie Ecclestone will tell the teams on Thursday that the Korean organisers are hesitating on paying the sanctioning fee deposit. "It took us long enough to negotiate with […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Force India insists McLaren tie-up legal

Vijay Mallya insists Force India's technical partnership with McLaren is above board. At the F1 Commission in Geneva on Thursday, the thorny topic of the potential redefinition of a 'constructor' will be debated. The 'customer car' proponents, reportedly headed by Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone, are set to argue that teams are already breaching the existing definition, such as McLaren's commercial tie-up with Force India. "Our relationship with McLaren has been built over a period of three years," boss Mallya, who buys the transmission and hydraulics […]

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011

Ecclestone: Raikkonen return would be 'nice'

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he would welcome Kimi Raikkonen back to formula one. The 2007 world champion, having driven mainly in world rally but also Nascar-style racing since leaving Ferrari two years ago, is being strongly linked with a comeback with the Williams team. New reports, including in the major Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, claim the 32-year-old has been training hard for the past four months to get back into shape for F1. "It would be nice to see him do it," F1 chief executive […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011

Todt: F1 must accept move to new markets

Jean Todt says he supports formula one's push out of Europe into new markets. The FIA president was speaking at India's new Buddh circuit, amid some observers' fears that the sport is steadily walking away from its traditional hosts and venues. "Slowly (F1) is moving from Europe to other developing countries in Asia and the Middle East. "India is a strong emerging country and I admire the investments made for building the infrastructure and the resilience shown by the people," said Todt. It has also […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011

F1 to consider 'third car' issue for 2013

New fuel has been added to Ferrari's push to have three cars on the formula one grid. After India, key officials will move on to Geneva, when next Thursday the F1 Commission meets. La Stampa newspaper reports that one of the topics on the agenda is the redefinition of a formula one constructor. According to Italiaracing, the news emerged after a team bosses meeting in India on Friday. The outcome of the F1 Commission vote will settle the debate about whether big teams should be […]

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011

Ecclestone: F1 should have even more US races

F1 should drop some more European races and replace them with events in the US, Bernie Ecclestone said. The sport's chief executive confirmed to reporters in India that, by 2013, formula one will have three North American races; two in the US and one in Canada. Asked if the New York race endangers the Austin round, he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport: "Not as far as I know. "We used to have three or four races in America, so we need two more. […]

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ecclestone: F1 destroyed my marriage

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that formula one destroyed his long marriage. The F1 chief executive was married to Slavica, the mother of his two daughters, for almost 25 years until 2009. "I have worked very, very hard for formula one and probably so intensively that it destroyed my marriage," Ecclestone, to turn 81 on Friday, told Germany's Die Welt newspaper. "I'm too busy and I enjoy what I do," he explained. "Most of the time I work from nine to six, and even then in […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ten year New York race deal confirmed

A ten year deal for a waterside American grand prix amidst the New York skyline was announced officially on Tuesday. New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the official announcement but the street race, to debut in mid 2013, will be privately funded, headed by Leo Hindery, a well-known American businessman and Le Mans class winner. Unlike Texas' purpose-built circuit for next year's US grand prix, Hindery said the roads for the street race are already in place and only need to be resurfaced. "We build […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ecclestone could be sued after bribery trial

Bernie Ecclestone could be sued at the conclusion of former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky's corruption trial. The trial, surrounding a multi million payment from the F1 chief executive to Gribkowsky amid the sport's sale some years ago, began this week in Munich. According to a British newspaper report, prosecutors say that if Gribkowsky is found guilty, the $44 million must be paid to BayernLB because the Munich bank owned the relevant share in F1's commercial rights. But as Ecclestone and his family trust have only […]

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011

Ecclestone would welcome Mosley comeback

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he would welcome Max Mosley back to the FIA presidency. The F1 chief executive told Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that coming out in opposition to his long-time fellow F1 powerbroker amid the 2008 scandal ranks among his biggest ever regrets. "One of the worst things I've done in my life - and for which I am ashamed - is to not defend Max Mosley when he had his big problems. There's no excuse," said Ecclestone. The 80-year-old is referring to […]

Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2011

MotoGP rider killed, F1 safe insists Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone is confident formula one remains ahead of the pack in terms of safety. The F1 chief executive was speaking after the death of Indycar driver Dan Wheldon in Las Vegas last week, and before Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli was killed on Sunday in a sickening crash at Sepang. "What a horrible week for our sport," said Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok late on Sunday. Added his boss Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "People forget how dangerous a sport racing is." Ecclestone told […]