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  • T, Ferguson T, Ferguson Apr 30, 2007 12:53 Flag

    Another race in the Middle East ??

    Earlier this month Bernie was talking about expanding the race calender, possibly including India, Russia and certainly another race in Abu Dhabi.

    What is he thinking?? As an American I recognize the European roots of this sport and think that he is neglecting it's own backyard. He commented that the races in Asia could race at night to get European viewership......why not just stay and add more in Europe, or North America for that matter. The Long Beach Grand Prix, which use to host the event back in the 80's, is still going strong with the nearly defunct CART series, but yet draws as many fans as most EURO venues. In fact, Indy is still one of the largest attended tracks on the circuit. Certainly North America,ie.. Canada, Mexico or US could support another race, why is he looking into areas, that quite frankly, most of us race fans have no desire to travel to. I've been to most venues, but the Middle East, doesn't interest me in the least.

    Bernie needs to quit lining his own pockets and start considering the fans. While great venues in Europe are suffering, he is looking at areas that most of us could care less about, just because they will put big money in his pocket. He better be careful, with the lack of racing going on and going elsewhere, he is bound to only have an Asian an Middle Eastern fan base. Have fun with that one Bernie.

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    • I think it would be interesting and i believe mr ecllestone has had the possibility of a street race i think it was either round sharm el sheikh or the dubai coast but where ever it is proves to be wicked.
      Also possibillites of an indian grand prix!

    • Meant to say - I agree with the post about the 'European' GP - there are loads of tracks which could/should/don't host a GP at the moment - Zandvoort, Imola, Donington, Valencia, Paul Ricard, A1 ring if Red Bull rebuild it, maybe Estoril... It's a shame not to have some kind of rotation, specially as the Germans can barely afford to keep one GP going these days!

    • I agree,i think there are some brilliant tracks that are not considered and more and more middle east just to make him look like a good egg to those with the hard cash.
      On another note why is the european race always in germany surely it should be rotated have we all forgot the classic donnington 1993???

    • I fully support the efforts to hold Grand Prix in places like Hungary or Russia where there is obviously investment needed, however as you say they are not looking at what they can do for the development of the country more like what they can squeeze out of the venue and spectators to line their pockets.

      They obviously look at the cash rich middle and far east and see that they can make a killing by getting someone else to foot the bills for a grand Prix. Leaving them to concentrate on the PR!

      It would be good to bring back the Long Beach Grand Prix, or at least have another Grand Prix in North America. I think Americans are great fans of racing and would appreciate it more, they may even put something back into the sport.

    • I fully support the efforts to hold Grand Prix in places like Hungary or Russia where there is obviously investment needed, however as you say they are not looking at what they can do for the development of the country more like what they can squeeze out of the venue and spectators to line their pockets.

      They obviously look at the cash rich middle and far east and see that they can make a killing by getting someone else to foot the bills for a grand Prix. Leaving them to concentrate on the PR!

      It would be good to bring back the Long Beach Grand Prix, or at least have another Grand Prix in North America. I think Americans are great fans of racing and would appreciate it more, they may even put something back into the sport.