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In the round-up: The cost of running the Korean Grand Prix leads the organisers to request a new deal.
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“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.”
“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.”
“The new F1 track is a relative success so far – it is both ‘under budget’ and ‘on time’, two phrases that are rarely used when it comes to government-run construction projects – partly due to the fact that it is a completely private project.”
“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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