More traditional European venues could be axed by F1's boss for exotic new locations

Bernie Ecclestone is prepared to axe some of Formula One’s traditional European venues in favour of races in New York and Moscow.

Ecclestone aims to have an annual race on the streets of Manhattan from 2013; three locations have already been identified to stage the race. Ecclestone told Bloomberg that a race in Russia would enter the calendar a year earlier in 2012.

Moscow is currently tipped to stage the Russian grand prix, although Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is also being considered.

In order to accommodate these races, Ecclestone will take races away from some European venues, such as Spain, without “too much problem”.

“We’re going to lose some races for sure, there are some races we can afford to lose without too much problem,” Ecclestone said. “I’ve spoken to the countries to see what we can come up with.”

Spain currently holds two grand prix: the Spanish grand prix at Barcelona and the European grand prix in Valencia. One of these venues is almost certain to make way for one of the new races.

F1 will visit 19 circuits in 2010 and will make its first trip to South Korea later this year. India is also expected to host its first race in 2011, which would bring the total number of races to 20. Ecclestone has previously said the sport can accommodate 20 races, although he’d be reluctant to go higher than this.

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9 April 2010

Valencia needs to be removed from the calendar no matter what; before anyone wastes any more time, effort and money trying to make it something it can't be.

Certainly a Manhattan race would be preferable to anything in Russia, but it's about money, so Ecclestone will want to reap the benefits of a country loaded with billionaire gangsters. With Lada's investment, it's almost inevitable.

Since England sends billions to India to prop-up an economy packed full of some of the richest people on Earth, why not claw back some of that bunce?

It's a shame that the focus is tending to move away from Europe, because some of the lost classic circuits, like the incredible Austria for instance, are now less likely than ever to reappear on the itinerary.

If America remains cool about F1, perhaps Bernie could drop the inherently dreadful Bahrain and facilitate a Venezuelan Grand Prix.

I hope the number of Grand Prix is extended to twenty, as it'll mean there'll be hardly a weekend without either an F1 or Moto GP race throughout a large chunk of the year.

If the season reached further into the autumn, this might be a better option for the spectacle, but the development programs will need to be derestricted whatever happens.

9 April 2010

He should ditch Bahrain after the opening debacle this year.

9 April 2010

It wouldn't matter if they ran it past 10 Downing Street and the drivers were all fighting to the death, it would still be rubbish. An incredibly wealthy man selling a complete non-spectacle to a bunch of people happy to waste their Sundays arguing about 'the sport' and how one team has gained an advantage by using illegal titanium rivets and hoping that, one day, there will actually be something worth watching.

The Emporer's new clothes, gentlemen....

9 April 2010

[quote AlexF512]He should ditch Bahrain[/quote]

And Valencia.

And Barcelona.

And Abu Dahbi.

And Singapore.

And China.

And any other circuit which consistently produces boring races.

9 April 2010

Are the Americans that interested in F1? afterall they have several race series that the rest of the world has little interest in, nothing more boring than racing round an oval track for 200 laps if you ask me.

If F1 has to drop anything it should be Bernie himself!

MotoGP for me all the way.

9 April 2010

Barcelona can go. Great as a test track, no good as a race track. Has had a race since 1991 and how many memorable races have there been? Schumacher in the rain in 1996 is the only one that comes to mind (and the hint there is RAIN). Valencia can see out its contract and then they can look for a new Spanish venue.

Hungaroring can go. Rubbish track and they only go there for the money. Has had a race since 1986 and no-one has ever liked the track.

Bahrain can go. Pity, because they have done a lot to raise the profile of F1 in the gulf region, but since its first race in 2004 i can't remember any top races. And the chance of rain to spice things up is slightly less than zero.

Melbourne can go - take it back to Adelaide :)

Most importantly, i think that Hermann Tilke has to go. He is responsible for the current breed of rubbish tracks that nobody likes (except Turkey, which is a great track in precisely the wrong place). Keep him around for designing hotels which span the track and change colours at night, by all means, but give someone else a chance to design a proper GP track.

9 April 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]MotoGP for me all the way.[/quote]

Hee hee - Todays the day! The weekend of MotoGP starts here.....

Cant wait till Sunday - racing for real!!

Back to FWD Sad

9 April 2010

Valencia out : OK :-))

Come back of the France!

9 April 2010

[quote Symanski]

[quote AlexF512]He should ditch Bahrain[/quote] 

And Valencia.

And Barcelona.

And Abu Dahbi.

And Singapore.

And China.

And any other circuit which consistently produces boring races.

[/quote] So, that'll be all of the rest of them then.

10 April 2010

Why do we have to go back to the same tracks year after year? There's plenty of great tracks that never get mentioned - Laguna Seca, Kyalami, Maccua, Mount Panarama, Zolda etc... We'd have to get rid of Bernie, Tilke and all that precious money.

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