No Indian Grand Prix in 2015 – Ecclestone

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Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the Indian Grand Prix won’t return to the F1 calendar in 2015 as originally planned.

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Indian Grand Prix must wait until at least 2016, says Bernie Ecclestone (The Guardian)

“At the moment, India won’t be on for next year for sure. Probably 2016… they’re gradually getting over all the bureaucracy with the tax position inside the country and the general finance.”

Buyout group HIG poised to buy historic Nuerburgring – sources (Reuters)

“HIG outmanoeuvred Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who had also submitted an offer for the circuit, which at 20km is the world’s longest race track but has not hosted a Grand Prix since Niki Lauda crashed there in 1976.”

German Grand Prix could vanish from F1 calendar, says Ecclestone (City AM)

“The German Grand Prix is in trouble because they haven’t got any money.”

Ecclestone bribery trial to be fitted around his F1 schedule (The Independent)

“I am in court for two days a week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The judge did it so I am able to go to races at the weekend.”

Jenson Button Q&A (Sky)

“The two that you would pick out that look strong and consistent are Mercedes and Williams. In a way it is not good when you are behind certain teams, but I am happy for Frank Williams that they have a competitive car so far this year.”

Mark Webber, Porsche LMP1, Algarve, 2013Mark Webber: “It’s a big learning curve” (Top Gear)

“When I drove [the Porsche 919 Hybrid], I knew immediately I’d made the right decision. It’s heavier of course, so it’s obviously not as responsive as an F1 car. But these cars are very complex under the skin, and this is the next best category to F1 by a mile.”

Force India: McLaren improved Perez (Autosport)

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley: “The thing that the fans find exciting, but teams find worrying, is when you go for a gap at Monaco that isn’t there.”

‘I have no fear – but I’ll stop racing when I have children’ (The Telegraph)

“[Susie Wolff] had her first ride on a motorbike at two and was in a go-kart at eight. ‘That first time, I remember that all these little boys kept hitting me. I came into the pits and I said to my dad: ‘I don’t like it. It’s awful.””

The Baku reality facing Bernie (ESPN)

“Baku is an exciting prospect, and could be a positive addition to the F1 calendar. But ensuring that the grand prix is free from the basic errors that plagued last year’s GT race will mean a lot of work for the FIA, and a lot of sleepless nights for Charlie Whiting.”

Insight: Behind the scenes look at how Formula 1 TV now operates team radio and other functions remotely (James Allen on F1)

“From here they can monitor the programme vision sources and output, many of the formula1.com functions, and even operate robotic track camera heads at the circuit. And for this season all of the Team Radio is going to be managed from here.”

#ForzaMichael! – 5 March (Ferrari)

Giancarlo Fisichella: “I will never forget the lap when you gave me a lift on the sidepod of your Ferrari, when I stopped out on track with a problem at Hockenheim! I’m waiting to enjoy a nice game of football with you. Forza Michael!”

96 Silv (DailyMotion)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ev8mw_96-silv

Description from the Digital Spy forums via Vee8: “Found something interesting when going through some old stuff earlier. The first F1 Digital+ broadcast was the 1996 German Grand Prix, However I’d read in the past that they did a full system trial at Silverstone which was never broadcast. In 2007 Premiere broadcast a short highlight program for Silverstone 1996 as part of their ‘Die Besten GP’ series and I captured it. At the time I missed the fact that it seems to be using the footage shot during the F1 Digital+ full trial. For the first four to five laps it’s the TV pictures from the BBC World-feed but the graphics are handled differently. Then from lap five on they start using some of their own trackside camera angles, a few of which would remain FOM angles going forward. I put together a video running from the start of the race to the time Premiere’s highlights cut forward a few laps to show the differences. The world-feed via EuroSport is in the picture-in-picture window and what seems to be the F1 Digital+ trial footage is full-screen.”

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Here’s what an Azerbaijani F1 fan had to say about the prospect of a race in Baku:

I feel I’m bound to comment on this, as I’m actually from Azerbaijan and previously lived there for some 18 years.

On one hand, with Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore ostensibly involved; the deal is going to be as corrupt as any on the Persian Gulf. Expect multibillion venue a-la Yas Marina with fantastic facilities, developed infrastructure, some marina/seaside cityscape background. Do not expect a good track (probably a rather boring Tilkedrome); flat-as-a-car-park (Baku has very little elevation to offer); corrupt politicians and eye-cringing glamour to roam around. Think Monaco without racing tradition.

On the other hand; well, it may not be a strictly European race, but with unlimited oil budgets, the authorities are going to make sure it feels like one. More so than Istanbul Park. The flights from major European hubs are not long-haul, the tickets can be pretty cheap (I’m sure the government will subsidise national carriers from Europe too – they like nothing better than Western exposure) – you can get a return from London for like £250.

The setting is very welcome to tourists; hotels are top-notch (again, think Abu Dhabi), the country is virtually free of street-level crime, and tons of British/American expatriates live there on permanent basis.

I do hope that this race also improves the situation with racing drivers’ situation in Azerbaijan. The country genuinely loves racing (they do most of it on the busy streets though); and government will invest in just about anything that will boost their perceivable image. Yet the karting facilities are severely lacking (there were zero available outdoor tracks last time I visited) and most aspiring drivers I know race here in Great Britain.

Traffic is going to be a nightmare, as getting anywhere in Baku requires a lot of patience, time, and self-restraint.

Other than that, I’m quite happy to have a ‘home race’ for what it’s worth.
Marsianwalrus (@Einariliyev)

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On this day in F1

Mario Andretti scored the first victory of his Formula One career today in 1971.

He couldn’t have wished for a better to start in his first race for Ferrari, although he only ran a partial season for the Italian team.

Andretti took the win after long-time leader Denny Hulme dropped out with suspension failure late in the race. Jackie Stewart was second for Tyrrell ahead of Clay Regazzoni.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7e6bm_1971-f1-grand-prix-south-african-ky_news

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55 comments on No Indian Grand Prix in 2015 – Ecclestone

  1. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 6th March 2014, 5:38

    Saturday morning saw the officials elect to power-wash the track in cold conditions, leading to an ice-covered circuit when the competitors arrived. The next day’s running was little better. When FIA officials and teams arrived on Sunday morning, they discovered a sopping wet track, leading to a “rain” delay and a Safety Car start. Worse, the rubber wasn’t blasted off using high-pressure water. Instead, soap was a factor. Yes, soap.

    That is brilliant, simply brilliant. :)

    • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 6th March 2014, 7:50

      I was about to post the same quote. It certainly made me chortle into my cornflakes this morning.
      And very definitely Happy Birthday to F1Fanatic. Keith, you must be very proud of what you’ve achieved.

  2. Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 6th March 2014, 7:19

    So Indian GP wont be included in 2015 calender, Bernie is concerned that Indian govt. is treating Formula 1 as a mere ‘Entertainment Show ‘and not as a ‘Sport’ and thus taxing huge amount from F1 circus. Ok even I’m concerned about F1 being labeled as an ‘ Entertainment show’ in my country but has Bernie really helped us in not treating it as entertainment show?

    With these gimmicks like DRS, quickly degradable Pirelli tyres and now the maniac Abu Double (which he wanted for last three races) , he is the one who took the first step of making F1 an entertainment show rather than a sport. He wanted to add more spectacle by adding artificial stuff in racing.

    All you cared about is money. Whichever country agreed to fill your pockets, you took the F1 circus in that country. I wish you serve ‘double’ imprisonment time for your bribery case and thus leave F1in much better hands, the one who can understand what sport really needs instead of these gimmicks to survive.

  3. Harry (@hazzwright) said on 6th March 2014, 7:30

    Put the German GP at the Norisring…

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th March 2014, 7:56

    Lovely line from Fernley when he talks about Perez:

    “The thing that the fans find exciting, but teams find worrying, is when you go for a gap at Monaco that isn’t there.

  5. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 6th March 2014, 8:08

    lol “Lotus Climax”

  6. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 6th March 2014, 8:22

    Only a few more hours of suspense from Williams (11:45 GMT according to Autosport’s Jon Noble)
    Any sooner and it’s too early to advertise Martini…

  7. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 6th March 2014, 9:10

    I remember talking to Sebastien Vettel when the GT2 came out, about the power, the way it looked. He said, ‘What do you reckon?’ I said, ‘We should both get one’, so we did.

    In some way, since they stopped being team mates, Mark has been alot more positive about Seb. Maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 6th March 2014, 10:59

      @me4me – Well, the call the GT2 the “widow-maker” so perhaps there was another motive for recommending one? Perhaps it was all part of Webber’s master plan to get the upper hand in 2013? It REALLY didn’t work Mark…

  8. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 6th March 2014, 10:55

    I actually disagree with Webber there. Yes, WEC is second to F1 in speed (unless you fancy returning to a grid of bandits and Dan dares in a junior single seater category), and presents, in my opinion, the greatest sporting challenge of them all in the shape of the night shift at Le Mans, with a high chance of rain, GTE donkeys round every blind corner and the undesputed scariest race track in the world. And yet, for team professionalism and above all driver quality the only series that comes even close to rivalling F1 is DTM, a series which utterly won my affections last year – in fact, in many ways I enjoyed it more than F1 last year. I can guarantee that Button will go to DTM when he retires from F1.

    p.s. I wish the life-line that is F1 Fanatic a very happy birthday. Keith, you have smashed the competition my friend, you gave the fans of the greatest sport in the world a place to conduct high quality debates away from the raised eyebrows of cynics and wives alike, and supplemented that with all the news, information and insight we could ever need. I doff the proverbial hat.

  9. The Blade Runner (@thebladerunner) said on 6th March 2014, 11:47

    Happy Birthday F1 Fanatic!

    As a relative newcomer you have quickly become my number 1 source of F1 information and chat. If I told you that I checked the site out 15 times a day it would be an understatement!

    Keep up the good work!

  10. In_Silico (@insilico) said on 6th March 2014, 13:25

    I’m going to disagree with Webber on that one. The World Endurance Championship and Road Racing like the Isle of Man TT and the Northwest 200 etc. are both head and shoulders above F1 in my eyes. I wouldn’t have said that a couple of years ago, but F1 has really let itself down with the addition of things like highly degradable tyres, DRS and double points at the worst track on the calender.

  11. StefMeister (@stefmeister) said on 6th March 2014, 17:10

    Regarding the 1996 Silverstone video in the article, Here’s the full highlights program from what seems to be the F1 Digital+ trial run before the services 96′ German Gp debut:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1f1ecj_1996-silverstone_auto

  12. Strontium (@strontium) said on 6th March 2014, 18:27

    It is so typical that India would not return next year. Utterly predictable.

    Also, no matter what people say, I think that Perez’s move to McLaren did him good, because otherwise he would have probably ended up at the same door as di Resta; the exit.

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