Hi ev’rybody! (Ten points if you give the correct response)
Watching Formula 1 news over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a sudden and inexplicable change: we’ve suddenly got a whole host of new races in the works. And this is more than simply your average “We’d like a Grand Prix” pledge which nothing ever comes of – Bernie is behind it. Firstly we had the annoucement of the race in Austin, but then Bernie said he was considering a second race to be held in New York. Then he fired up talk of a Russian Grand Prix (and over the weekend, Jenson Button and Vitaly Petrov were in Moscow where news broke that the city wanted a race from 2012). Then we got stuff on Mallorca wanting to steal the European Grand Prix away from Valencia. And over the past few days, Bernie has looked at a race in South Africa. And by all accounts, both sides – Bernie and the aspiring promoters – have responded positively. Add to that the addition of Korea for this year, India in 2011 and Rome in 2012, and we’ve suddenly found ourselves positively inundated with new races. Not counting Mallorca (which Bernie seems to have dismissed), we’ve got seven potential new races in four years. That has to be a record by Formula 1′s standards. The next-nearest influx of races was two in 2004: Bahrain and Shanghai.
What on earth is prompting this?