In today’s round-up: another politician urges Melbourne to stop hosting its F1 race.
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“The Grand Prix may have been a good deal in 1996 when it cost the government only AUS $1.7 million, but with falling crowd numbers and taxpayers footing a AUS $50-million-a-year bill, the state government should know to cut its losses and walk away.”
The cancellation means the GP2 Asia championship, which was supposed to include six races, is over after just one double-header event – unless further rounds are organised.
“The future of the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona beyond the 2012 season will depend on economic factors, according to Catalunya’s president Artur Mas.”
“I definitely don?óÔé¼Ôäót want to go below last year. I at least want to be as good as last year. I want to be a regular points?óÔé¼Ôäó scorer. I am really hungry for points. I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót have enough last season!”
“Mercedes has poor traction, McLaren looks shocking as if on cold tyres, Red Bull, Ferrari, Renault-Lotus-Lada and Williams all pounding round.”
“Presidents Day was no holiday at the planned US Grand Prix site south-east of Austin. More machines – and bigger ones – moving around. What?óÔé¼Ôäós more, the sign is up, marking the spot.”
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From the archive
Race cancellations and postponements, like that we saw yesterday, don’t happen very often.
The last race to be postponed was the 1985 Belgian Grand Prix. And it wasn’t due to political unrest, but because the track fell apart.
Read about it below:
Comment of the day
A friend and I bought tickets, flights and booked a hotel in Manama for the Bahrain GP at the end of 2010. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been looking forward to it hugely, so was extremely anxious when the unrest began and it emerged that the race might be threatened. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure there will be a lot of people who were in a similar situation ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ checking the news every day for the last week or so to see how the situation developed.
Cancelling the race is probably the right decision. The start of a new F1 season should have a celebratory atmosphere, which, with all the security and tension, wouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót have been present in Bahrain. Any kind of radical behaviour from protesters, justified or not, would have been a disaster for the sport and the safety of the teams, fans and circuit staff is paramount. The situation is more severe than anyone in the UK knows, and they clearly need time to talk and to bring about change.
That said, from a purely personal viewpoint, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm totally gutted that we won?óÔé¼Ôäót be going.
From the forum
An historical question on Cosworth from Clovis1982.
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