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  • Scratch Scratch May 21, 2007 05:25 Flag

    Bernie Ecclestone, what a #$%$

    If getting up at 6am was the case then maybe i would'nt mind. The fact is the race was on quite a bit earlier than that, around 3 or 4am. So i should get your facts right. The fact is they would'nt have to start the race in aus any later than 6pm, then the time here would be around 9am. Now whats wrong with that.

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    • Hey....what about the fans in the U.S. I'm in California and have been getting up at 4 to 5 am for years to watch the races. In fact, we have a restuarant/bar in Balboa that opens and has dozens of fans for every Euro race. Come on you Brits, grow a pair. Or better yet, since your "bloody" pound is so strong, go out a buy a DVR. It's only a couple of races per year, look what we have had to put up with.

    • For viewers and F1 fans like us, it is a sport. Let's remember that F1 GP is not merely a sporting event, it is a business for those sponsors and business people involved. Naturally, the higher the viewership, the better it is in term of exposure of sponsors' brand names and products.

      If it is going to be night race, I think 7.00pm which is good enough to strike a balance. If I am right, Mr Bernie, wanted Australia to hold it at 9pm. Sounds ridiculous to me. If I want to involve my family in the events like this, I would not want it to be so late. The children need to sleep early. It is Sunday night, the next morning, everyone has to go to work and children need to go to school.

      I feel sorry for the Melbourne organiser. They are already suffering from low attendance rate. With the shift to night race, especially to 9pm, the attendance rate will suffer even further. Furthermore, more investment in lighting is required. So, it doesn't make holding the race viable anymore.

      If I am the organiser, continue to run day race until the contract expires and forget about F1 in Melborne if night race is forced upon them. After all, it is money losing... who wants to continue to lose money in a venture.

    • sorry you're right the aus race was at 3.00 am, I was thinking of Malaysia (which started at 8.00 am, but I like the grid girls so I watch the build up)

      My point is that most races are in a different time zone and fans the world over have to have a late night or get up early to watch a race, if you were in austraia and you wanted to watch the US GP.
      Not sure what the time difference is and I can't be arsed finding out.

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      • If i'm honest, i would'nt want any change anyway. F1 has always been a petrol head sport anyway so it will only attract a certain amount of spectators worldwide. With new and exciting drivers coming into the sport, why do these people want to keep changing it. Isnt it enough that they keep changing the rules and car spec's all season and every season. It's time for the boss'es of F1 to leave it alone at least for a couple of seasons. Then drivers could'nt come out with excuses, {RAIKKENON TYRE'S} but to name a few.
        I don't know how he can say that Hamilton's success so far this season is because of tyre's, Hamilton had to get used to a completely new car, a faster car, and longer races than in his last few years. So Raikkenan and all the other drivers with excuses, stop your whining and do the job your getting millions of pounds for doing, i'm sure there are millions of people in the world who would love to be in your possition.

      • Also I don't think night races will be safe, I saw the Moto GP bikes testing it, those lights aren't as good as they say and most of the countrys they are planning them in tend to be quite tropical so heavy rain is very likley in the evening which would ruin visablity even more