F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lotus test driver Luiz Razia is trying to get sponsorship for a race seat.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“We’re working to get sponsors for next year and it could be a way to start early.”
“Peter Windsor talks to John Surtees about his epic victory for Ferrari in the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix.”
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Comment of the day
Should we trust Bernie Ecclestone’s account of the Sky/BBC deal? Alianora la Canta raises some excellent points:
I read the article and the more of it I read, the worse Bernie’s case looked. He has made several assumptions – not least the “other channels wouldn’t decide a fee until 2014″, which Channel 4 has refuted.
Since the BBC were wanting to change the contract, Bernie had the right to refuse. If the BBC had insisted, he would have had the right to terminate the contract and charge the BBC for the full cost of F1 in 2013 and 2014 (except for any amount recouped from whichever channel(s) scooped up the replacement deal). That’s a minimum and stipulations in the contract and/or precise jurisdiction may have entitled more recompense than that; varying the cost of a contract is one of the fundamental things which can be grounds for breach of contract, as anyone who’s tried to dodge a fare and been caught will confirm.
As for saying the BBC held all the cards, that ignores basic contractual law. The BBC clearly held some but contract changes have to be mutual to avoid breaches.
Alianora la Canta
From the forum
Lord Stig is looking for American F1 Fanatics who are going to see the Senna film.
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On this day in F1
Luca Badoer made his return to F1 in practice for the European Grand Prix.
He had been out of action for nine years, nine months and 24 days – the second-longest gap between consecutive appearances in F1 history.
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