New Jersey race could be delayed until 2014 – Ecclestone

F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: As international media attention focuses on Bahrain, Bernie Ecclestone makes a surprising announcement about the New Jersey Grand Prix.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone unsure of 2013 Grand Prix of America race (BBC)

“Maybe the New York race will be 2013. It’s a when – 2013 or 2014.”

Bahrain F1 Grand Prix protests continue – video (The Guardian)

“Mourners chanted anti-government slogans and criticised Bahrain’s hosting the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend.”

Daily protests in Bahrain amid human rights abuse claims (BBC)

More video of the protests in Bahrain.

More protests against Bahrain race (Sporting Life)

“This was the more acceptable face of protesting in Bahrain as a 5,000-strong crowd made their voices heard without resorting to throwing petrol bombs and stones at riot police.”

Human rights in Bahrain (Amnesty International)

“In recent months, the Bahraini authorities have become more concerned with re-building their image and investing in public relations than with actually introducing real human rights and political reforms in their country. Indeed, for the authorities, much is at stake. They are keen to portray Bahrain as a stable and secure country in order to stave off international criticism. But as the country prepares to host the Formula 1 Grand Prix on 20-22 April, after the event was cancelled last year in response to the instability in the country, daily anti-government protests continue to be violently suppressed by the riot police that uses tear gas recklessly and with fatal results. Acts of violence by some protesters against the police have also considerably increased in the last three months.”

??Formula One belongs to the rulers, not us? (The Times)

“‘I am fighting for my future,’ he told me as we careered down narrow streets. ‘Formula One belongs to the rulers, not to us. It is not wanted because they will tell the world everything is normal in Bahrain, but it is not. This is the real Bahrain ? the bullets and the teargas and they don?t want anyone to see or know.'”

Bahrain… safety and morality. (Will Buxton)

“I was given the opportunity by Speed, my employers, not to attend the Bahrain Grand Prix. But I have decided that I will. I have made that much clear both in this blog and on Twitter.”

What will F1 find in Bahrain? Our man finds out (The Mirror)

“With this protest the last for the dead cameraman, I was told, the focus would turn on Formula 1. The authorities have not helped that in using the banner ‘UniF1ed’ in all their promotional material. To some F1 and the ruling monarchy are the same thing.”

Red Bull KERS: Floor Mounted Super Capacitors? (ScarbsF1)

“With a year?s understanding under their belt and the newly confirmed status as the RenaultSport factory team, the RB8 has taken a step forwards in KERS packaging. Now the energy storage appears to be slightly revised, with the unit inside the gearbox swapped for floor mounted units.”

Explaining the Red Bull dilemma (Sky)

“Newey seemed to be spending most of his time on Webber’s side of the garage rather than Vettel’s. Adrian is not someone interested in looking backwards. His focus will be on unlocking the greater potential of the revised car and as such he will have been far more interested in Webber’s progress in China than Vettel’s.”

How Webber turned tables on Vettel (BBC)

“Webber told me a ‘little lift’ of the accelerator was enough to bring the car back down again. For those watching, it was a heart-stopping moment. But Webber obviously did not dwell on it long – in the very next sector of the lap, he set his fastest time of the race so far.”

Silverstone closing on F1 testing return (Autosport)

“In a bid to ensure that teams are also not disadvantaged by bad weather at Silverstone, they will be able to pull out of the running if it looks like the test will be a washout.”

Schumacher Ferrari, classics may fetch $11.3 million (The Age)

“Schumacher’s F1-2000, which may fetch AUS $1.1 million, was raced in the Austrian Grand Prix in 2000, when it retired on the first lap following a collision.”

Comment of the day

Dan_the_McLaren_fan on the Amnesty report linked above:

It?s truly astonishing to see what is going on with my favourite sport.

Everyone in F1 is calling for security. I don?t think the protesters have a strong desire to murder every driver, mechanic and spectator. The only purpose of the army protection would be to keep protestors away: that way they won?t disturb the race, no TV can film them, and they can all suffer and die in silence. What everyone will see is a F1 race in a calm state where law and order reign.

Utterly disgusted by this situation!

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136 comments on New Jersey race could be delayed until 2014 – Ecclestone

  1. Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 18th April 2012, 8:02

    Couldn’t find the old article, but this confirms waht I said yesterday –

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 18th April 2012, 8:19

      Who says Marko despises Vettel?

    • VoiseyS (@voisey) said on 18th April 2012, 13:28

      And what makes you think that was Marko’s decision. The guy is a spin doctor, nothing more. It will surely have been Newey who decides(d) which route to take. Having developed a second evolution of the exhaust, based on the fact the first wasn’t competitive enough, it wouldn’t be very prudent to waste all of that development time to accommodate the (currently) slower of the two drivers.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 18th April 2012, 8:22

    I do hope the New Jersey GP goes ahead sooner rather than later, I’m tentatively planning on going. I imagine it will.

  3. Dev (@dev) said on 18th April 2012, 10:50

    looking at how Webber struggled against Vettel last year, i thought that it would be difficult for Webber to justify his position if the same continues this year. Vettel was very happy with last years RBR but it did not suit Webber, and now the positions have been reversed, we have Webber more comfy with the car and Vettel is not able to get the most out of it. it seems that RBR will take the approach which will be independent of the drivers liking but whichever gives better performance. This makes me think whether
    Massa is having similar problems at Ferrari… the direction of development is being clearly dictated by Alonso and the car is more or less customized for him and Massa has no option but to drive it and is therefore not able to show similar level of performance.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 18th April 2012, 11:01

      I’m not so sure it is due to being customized for Alonso @dev, but I do think that Ferrari know they have a car that is tricky and hard to drive. Alonso is coping with it to some extent, it doesn’t suit Massa at all, and that’s one of the reasons they team is quite supportive of Massa at the moment: he’s not their biggest issue, and only if the car can be improved is it useful to look at what their 2nd driver can achieve behind Alonso.

      • Dev (@dev) said on 18th April 2012, 15:01

        ofcourse i’m assuming that the car development is customized for Alonso’s style, but all past mates of Alonso have mentioned this… at his former team Renault. The only team where he did not get a customized car was McLaren. But it’s unlikely that at Ferrari the car development directions are unbiased, they clearly have a number 1 driver and Alonso gets his way… btw nothing against it. But only trying to figure that would Massa do better by moving out of Ferrari to a team where he could shine again. As long as Alonso is there he will never be able to perform well, if their driving styles are different..

  4. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 18th April 2012, 11:07

    So what’s with the possible delay with New Jersey? It’s a street track, surely it can’t take 2 years to put a a few barriers…

  5. hey (@hey) said on 18th April 2012, 12:55

    Re the Scarbs RedBull KERS article: I’m pleased to hear that KERS isn’t as easy a system to harvest and dump as I thought. I think that one of the “mission points” for F1 should be to always be relevant to road cars as much as possible. To hear they they’re still working on harvesting balance, heat management and storage efficiency is good news to me. Once they really start properly getting to grips with the current regs, I’d like to see the KERS allowance increased a bit more, then more, then more. A promising line of technological development for years to come I reckon.

  6. Colm (@colm) said on 18th April 2012, 13:41

    if there is a usa grand prix this then how can there be one next year because there is a rule stating that a country can only host one race a season

    • Jarred Walmsley said on 18th April 2012, 21:50

      no there’s not and there never has been. often countries have had multiple grandprixs

  7. Status of Spa on the Calendar – Can someone explain to me why Spa is in danger of losing its place on the calendar. In my view its one of the top-3 tracks in F1 – its history, old-school layout, terrain changes and it not being one of the new, ahem, cookie-cutter track designs of today, make it a permanent mainstay. What gives and thanks in advance!

  8. McFillin (@kcampos12) said on 18th April 2012, 16:32

    Oh man! I sure hope NJ doesn’t get delayed to 2014. Not only do i want to hear the V8’s but an extra year of waiting will kill me!

  9. Shimks (@shimks) said on 19th April 2012, 9:36

    Explaining the Red Bull dilemma

    Fascinating article!

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