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Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012

Sauber duo sorry for spectators

Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez expressed their sympathies for the hardy spectators who braved atrocious conditions at Spa Francorchamps. "I feel very sorry for the spectators here in the grandstands. We did some running in the first session, but in the afternoon we basically stayed in the garage. There wasn’t anything to learn out there and it is obviously pretty easy to damage the car in these conditions", said Kobayashi, who topped a wet FP1. Team-mate Perez was also disappointed. "Unfortunately for all of us […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Vettel: It's good to be back

Sebastian Vettel has said he is looking forward to racing again this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix. The reigning world champion won in Spa last season, although he currently sits forty-two points behind Fernando Alonso in the championship. "The Spa circuit is defined by the surrounding nature and it’s one of my favourite tracks. I was very happy to have won there last year", he said. "Spa offers every type of racing corner; ultra-fast, medium-fast and slow chicanes, that alternate with fast straights. The […]

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012

F1 legends say 2012 is best ever season

The current season is the best season ever in the history of Formula One. That is the view of triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, in a piece published in the September edition of F1 Racing.  "I think 2012 is the best F1 season I've ever seen - I can't remember one better" "The racing is sensational" Sir Jackie said that part of the reason was because of the competitive nature of the 2012 field. "It's not just McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull - you've had […]

Posted on Saturday, August 4, 2012

Good news from F1 hosts Austin and Russia

There is good news from new Formula One hosts in Texas as well as Sochi, Russia. Austin's new Circuit of the Americas announced that three-day general admission tickets for its inaugural grand prix in November have sold out. US media reports said the venue estimates a whopping 120,000 spectators will attend on all three days of the race weekend. "Worldwide fan interest has been remarkable," spokesman Geoff Moore said. And the Austin American Statesman newspaper said the first layers of track asphalt have been laid, […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

German spectators losing interest in F1

German journalist Michael Schmidt has expressed concern about the half-empty grandstands at Hockenheim last weekend. In Auto Motor und Sport, he said he was "surprised" by the "lack of interest" in the German grand prix amid the fascinating 2012 season. Indeed, Germans have seldom had more to cheer about in F1, with the grid boasting legend Michael Schumacher, the reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, three other race drivers and the Stuttgart marque Mercedes. But only 38,000 spectators attended on Friday, 50,000 for qualifying and 62,000 […]

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday frustration at Silverstone

Everyone feared the worst on Thursday and ultimately those fears were realised on a sodden Friday at Silverstone. Whatever plan put in place to deal with the severe inclement conditions have completely failed, with spectators spending a large part of the day stranded on Dadford Road or the nearby A43. Journalists exclaimed their disbelief at the organisation of the traffic, with one senior Finnish writer saying it felt like how a race was organised in the early 1990s. The fans that did manage to make […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

F1 fans without tickets as agency folds

Some F1 fans are enduring a very unhappy buildup to the forthcoming grands prix at Valencia and Silverstone. The well-known British broadcaster James Allen revealed on his blog that an agency called 'Simply The Ticket' has closed down without delivering paid tickets to hopeful F1 spectators. The business' official website and Twitter account are not working. "Looks like Simply The Ticket has absconded with F1 ticket holders' money for Valencia this weekend," someone Tweeted. Another wondered: "Was (Simply The Ticket) a relatively new site or […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Valencia sells less than 40,000 F1 tickets

Valencia has sold less than 40,000 tickets ahead of next weekend's European grand prix. El Pais newspaper reports that, of the street circuit's deliberately reduced capacity of 45,000 seats, only 85 per cent have been sold. And of the 38,000 tickets sold, 64 per cent of them were purchased by foreign visitors, the Spanish publication added. Spain has been devastated by the European financial crisis, with unemployment at almost 25 per cent and the European Union needing to inject $125 billion to rescue crippled banks. […]

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

No Montreal sellout amid F1 disruption threats

Threats to disrupt this weekend's Canadian grand prix will affect attendance, promoter Francois Dumontier has revealed. "They said they wanted to disrupt the grand prix," Dumontier said, referring to protesting students and internet terrorists. "They already have," he told the Montreal Gazette. He said ticket sales began to decline precisely when the threats became international news. Organisers have already cancelled the traditional 'open day' on Thursday, which traditionally involves free-of-charge access for spectators including the F1 pitlane. "I can't remember the last time we didn't […]

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2012

Canada GP calls off events amid security threat

Organisers of this weekend's Canadian grand prix have called off a scheduled "open house" day. The promoters of the Montreal race had planned to allow spectators to attend the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and tour the F1 pitlane for free on Thursday. La Presse newspaper said the open day has taken place since the early 90s, with 12,000 taking advantage last year. But according to the Canadian Press, it has been called off in 2012 due to "security concerns", amid threats made by protesting university students […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Hacktivists' threaten F1 over Montreal protests

Internet terrorist group Anonymous is targeting F1 once again. Last month, the 'hacktivists' aimed fire at the sport over the Bahrain issue, bringing down the official Formula One and FIA websites. Now, Anonymous is backing the protesting Montreal university students over the controversial 'Bill 78', a law that cracks down on their marches. "Beginning on June 7 and running through race day on June 10, Anonymous will take down all the F1 websites, dump the servers and databases -- and wreck anything else F1-related we […]

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012

Unpredictable F1 became strange in Spain says Alonso

F1's unpredictable season became simply "strange" in Barcelona, Fernando Alonso said after finishing second on Sunday behind Pastor Maldonado. Once derided as a mere pay-driver, Maldonado was in Barcelona hailed by French-language commentator Patrick Tambay as "a new champion". Reporters could hardly believe they were asking the Venezuelan with braces on his teeth if he is a contender for the 2012 title, and then hardly believe the Williams driver answered seriously in the affirmative. "Some of the results that we saw this weekend feel very […]