Korea, 2011

Korean GP organisers concerned over losses

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: The cost of running the Korean Grand Prix leads the organisers to request a new deal.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

F1 Korea organisers eager to reduce deficit (Korea Times)

“The revenue from ticket sales increased by about 7 billion won from last year, but it is a long way short of making up the estimated 70 billion won (??3.89m) loss this year following Sunday?s race.”

Korea seeks to renegotiate GP deal (Autosport)

“We are trying hard, but we need the co-operation of Mr. Bernie Ecclestone. We certainly want to continue with this event because it is a big event, even though we have losses.”

Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter

Still more papers to be signed for the Indian Grand Prix, it’s a joke the whole process, don’t understand why it’s so difficult.

An important week for FOTA (Ferrari)

Stefano Domenicali: “The impetus that came under Montezemolo?s presidency has been carried forward with diligence and dedication by Martin Whitmarsh, who is doing a great job. Clearly, at this stage however, we need to understand how to move forward without leading to suspicions and polemics, elements that are always present in such a competitive environment as Formula 1.”

Dan Wheldon’s death puts cockpits back on the agenda in F1 (The Guardian)

“Adding a cockpit will be highly unpopular with fans, with the open-wheel, open-cockpit format seen as part of the brand of Formula One and a further level of separation from the drivers likely to be equally decried. While, in the cockpit, issues such as visibility, evacuation and even claustrophobia, are thought to be of concern to the men behind the wheel.”

India F1: a chance on the big stage (FT, registration required)

“The new F1 track is a relative success so far ?ǣ it is both ‘under budget’ and ‘on time’, two phrases that are rarely used when it comes to government-run construction projects ?ǣ partly due to the fact that it is a completely private project.”

Maurice Hamilton via Twitter

“With Martin Donnelly, Korea flight back today. Said spooky being able to freeze-frame his shunt scene for first time on on-board Senna movie.”

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Comment of the day

Read what Alan and Viktor Andersson had to say about going to Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix:

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On this day in F1

And happy birthday to Heikki Kovalainen who is 30 today!