F1 links: Belgian GP under-sold

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Wanted: 24.000 F1 fans for Spa-Francorchamps

"The organisers of the Belgian Grand Prix at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit have only sold 46.000 tickets for this weekend's race. To break-even, they have to sell no less than 70.000, so, only days before the weekend, the organisers of the event are hoping to find 24.000 fans to travel to the Belgian Ardennes."

The future of Valencia as an F1 venue

"The European Grand Prix at Valencia was not a success in 2008. It attracted a race day crowd of 115,123, although that seemed a rather optimistic figure to most of the F1 fraternity. This year the organisers claimed only 81,000."

Video: USF1 Team Players

"Guest host Krista Voda chats with SPEED Formula One announcer Bob Varsha, Team USF1 principle Ken Anderson and USF1's primary investor, YouTube Co-Founder and CEO, Chad Hurley. The team is set to make their Formula One debut in 2010 and recently confirmed that their primary financial backer would be, in fact, Chad Hurley."

BRDC members give green light to board at EGM

"At an EGM convened at Silverstone on Tuesday 25 August, the Members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) voted overwhelmingly to grant powers to their Board, authorising them to entertain offers of investment in Silverstone and its core land."

Montezemolo gives Badoer one more chance, Bianchi waits for call up

"tTe Gazzetta mentions the name of Jules Bianchi, a 20 year old Frenchman who is dominating the Euro F3 series, the series which launched Sebastian Vettel into F1 in 2006. Bianchi could clinch that series as soon as the Spanish round on 20th September, which would give him a superlicence. Like Massa he is managed by Nicholas Todt, son of Jean."

Reflections on the European Grand Prix

"Valencia track. Some of you seemed to like it. I have to say I found the race boring. I even resorted to watching the Ashes during some stages on the Times on-line ball-by-ball which was excellent." Good job he wasn't on the live blog…

Brawn finds backing to secure F1 future

"Brawn GP CEO Nick Fry said the identity of the sponsors would likely be kept secret until the launch of is 2010 car. The team has been linked to deals with Emirates airline, Monster energy drink, Bwin and Telmex in the past."

Paddock Life: Valencia edition

"Badoer also showed he wasn't a push-over when one journalist asked him how confident he was, on the back of his lacklustre performance, that he would still be in the car in Spa – as had been confirmed all weekend. 'What is your opinion?' he hit back. 'What is your question? Where I should be? Are you a journalist? I told you already.'"

Red Bull set to make engine decision

Helmut Marko: "Of course there are facts that cannot be ignored, be it the four engine failures Sebastian had this year, with two occurring the last weekend. The six Mercedes drivers had none this year." Those are the kinds of words Renault chief Carlos Ghosn won't want to read.

Campos and Petrov

"It is reckoned that because there will be no refuelling next year, Cosworth cars will have to carry an additional 18kg of fuel. This will mean that the designers will have to build bigger fuel tanks and this will effect both the weight distribution of the cars and the handling. The result of all this will be that the cars will use their tyres less efficiently than the existing teams. Engineers from rival teams calculate that this will cost the three new Cosworth teams around three to four seconds a lap."

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