Ecclestone threatens to drop Monza from calendar

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Podium Monza, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone threatens not to renew Monza’s grand prix contract when it comes up for renewal in 2016.

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Ecclestone saluta Monza “Bye bye dopo il 2016…” (La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italian)

Asked about the future of the race beyond the expiration of its current contract in 2016 Ecclestone said: “Not good. I don’t believe we’ll do another contract, as the old one was a disaster for us from a commercial point of view. So it’s bye-bye after 2016.” He also repeated his desire to see some of the smaller teams drop out of the sport and instead have eight teams of three cars.

Red Bull’s Christian Horner admits to two years’ worry about Renault engine (The Guardian)

“We sat down to express our concerns with Renault in Autumn 2012. They have got to get it together. They’re not in Formula One to make up the numbers.”

I’ve outperformed Vettel – Ricciardo (BBC)

“Did I think it would be 6-2 in qualifying and I would be leading him in the championship? Probably not.”

Formula E can challenge F1 – Heidfeld (ESPN)

“I cannot look into the future but of course with the technology behind it, if you tried to look into the future, Formula E looks like the place to be and the place to go.”

Lotus to switch to Merc engines (Joe Saward)

“The word on the street is that Lotus F1 Team, the old Renault F1 factory team, will shortly announce that it will become the fourth Mercedes team.”

FIA explains how restarts will work (Autosport)

“Team personnel who normally sit on the pit wall will have to move to the safety of the garages, with the exception of two people from each outfit.”

Renault nicht schuld an Vettel-Problem (Auto Motor und Sport, German)

Vettel’s power unit problem in Austria was caused by a software problem with the engine control unit which is standard to all teams.

Derek Warwick – Raw Racing (Mario Muth via YouTube)

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What I also loved about that duel was that afterwards Villeneuve and Arnoux went into a broadcaster’s tent and watched their battle replayed on tape, arm in arm, having a great laugh and a great time re-living what they too knew was special and was what racing can truly be.
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122 comments on Ecclestone threatens to drop Monza from calendar

  1. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 2nd July 2014, 1:57

    I don’t believe we’ll do another contract, as the old one was a disaster for us from a commercial point of view

    The words “commercial point of view” best sum up the mindset of the powers-that-be towards F1 at the moment, what’s more disappointing is that Bernie has theoretically been a part of this sport’s history (having run a team and actually raced himself) and shouldn’t be a typical businessman with a lack of knowledge of the sport and appreciation for its sentiments, but I guess power really is as addictive and damaging to one as cocaine is.

    I believe Monza is actually one of the events on the calendar with a low race fee, but regardless F1 is losing its identity as competitive sport with the best 22 drivers, 11 teams equipped with the most advanced, relevant technology and I don’t believe Bernie is helping one bit.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 2nd July 2014, 2:14

      I don’t think Bernie actually raced, he tried to but wasn’t good enough to qualify.

      • mfreire said on 2nd July 2014, 3:36

        Monaco ’58 he failed to qualify, and Silverstone in the same year he gave his car to Jack Fairman, who retired in the race on the eighth lap. Both races he competed in were with an Alta-powered Connaught.

  2. HoHum (@hohum) said on 2nd July 2014, 2:17

    “From a commercial point of view” hosting a F1 race has been a financial disaster for most tracks involved.

  3. f1freek (@f1freek) said on 2nd July 2014, 2:25

    If Monza has been a “commercial disaster” then why not just make it a double points race? That will definitely help with the viewership right?

  4. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 2nd July 2014, 2:25

    Lotus being linked with Mercedes engines for next season something that constantly bugs me.

    I wonder why Sauber aren’t swooping in to become the fourth Mercedes-powered team: their cars have driven with such engines before, they only exists to race in F1 (unlike Lotus who are a manufacturer in the road car industry like Mercedes too so Sauber would be a more marketable option) and something like having the strongest engine on the grid would give the team a direction to head in and inspire the team personnel, much like Williams did after their dreadful 2013: the Mercedes engine coup was accompanied by Massa, Smedley & Martini as a title sponsor. Having mentioned Martini being associated with Mercedes, a global-leading car brand, could ease their financial pain as they’ll be more able to attract sponsors.

    • Julian (@julianwins) said on 2nd July 2014, 6:33

      Lotus F1 is not related to the road car division in any way shape or form. They’re both completely independent.

      Also Sauber have been linked with Ferarri for a long time.

      • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 2nd July 2014, 7:30

        You make a good point about Lotus, but Sauber were linked to Mercedes way before they were linked to Ferrari. Sauber and Mercedes also had one of the most iconic cars in history together, the beautiful C9.

    • anon said on 2nd July 2014, 7:35

      Part of the reason why Sauber are not parting ways with Ferrari just yet is because Sauber have been working for years with Ferrari on a technical partnership, which includes Ferrari subsidising the use of their engines in return for the use of Sauber’s wind tunnel (particularly when Ferrari was making upgrades to their own facilities).

  5. Clive Allen (@clive-allen) said on 2nd July 2014, 2:28

    Brilliant video by Derek Warwick. Thanks, Keith.

  6. Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 2nd July 2014, 2:40

    The Commercial rights holder is looking commissions again

  7. t3x (@t3x) said on 2nd July 2014, 3:11

    Regarding the standing restart, what happens when half the field starts on a sea of rubber marbles half way through the race on certain tracks?

  8. Sergio Perez (@sergio-perez) said on 2nd July 2014, 4:36

    Formula E is looking good. Have to admit I had my doubts, but the current field of drivers looks respectable and exciting. Was looking forward to some new talent to “graduate” to it and try to shine directly from the lower formulas, but I guess that would damage their road to Formula 1. The cars are not that good looking, but seeing names like Heidfeld, Senna, Prost ( I have to see that!), Buemi- Alguersari in different teams, Abt (young talent), Trulli (old timer still around!), GP2 race Winner Di Grassi amongst others makes me think this will be a championship to look for. There are still some vacant seats, would be great to see even more respectable names there… Barrichello? Marciello? Da Costa? Also, great calendar. It will definitely fill the whole left during the F1 winter break!

    • anon said on 2nd July 2014, 7:39

      Have they actually finalised the Formula E calendar? Only last month it was reported that although an event has been proposed for London, they haven’t even worked out where to hold it, let alone sorting out the layout. Quite a few other venues are also in a similar situation – I think that only two venues have actually produced a circuit layout and had it signed off by the FIA.

  9. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 2nd July 2014, 5:38

    I’ve never been to a F1 race (because it’s expensive to travel, to stay and to buy the F1 ticket), but the best crowds, booing or not, are the ones in Monza, Sao Paulo, Silverstone and let me add Suzuka (in a more disciplined way, but good crowd anyway).
    Monza should stay because it’s one of the few places on the planet where F1 still is what it must be.

  10. Dane said on 2nd July 2014, 5:45

    Bernie will change his mind when he wakes up next to a horses head!

  11. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 2nd July 2014, 5:51

    All I can say is, nooooooooooooooo!

  12. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 2nd July 2014, 6:28

    OK, so what trial is Bernie facing at the moment.

    Oh, and thanks for the return of (the albeit incomplete) formatting buttons, @keithcollantine !

  13. QuadQuantum (@quadquantum) said on 2nd July 2014, 7:28

    Bernie will never drop Monza. This is his usual saber rattling tactic

  14. Jonathan (@jweighell) said on 2nd July 2014, 9:32

    Can I propose that Bernie is dropped instead?!

  15. Arki (@arki19) said on 2nd July 2014, 10:17

    Re: standing re-starts being introduced in 2015.
    Has the FIA considered that this could possibly cause races to run way past two hour’s duration? If they are trying to get new, young fans making races longer is not going to help. What about us down here in Australia: it’s either serious sleep deprivation or adding a lot of extra time onto one’s recording. It takes long enough to get the races going again with the Safety Car arrangements and even more of a delay is very off putting.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 2nd July 2014, 12:58

      I don’t see how this is going to add very much time at all. Perhaps an extra minute per re-start. As I had suspected and has now been confirmed, it’s not like the crews come out on the track like for the original start. Nor do they need a warmup lap. They simply stop in their running order on the grid once the safety car gets off the track, and then do a standing start. Where’s the time consumption?

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