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      10-24-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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"F1 doesn't need British GP" - Ecclestone

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Bernie Ecclestone insists he is prepared to scrub Britain's name from the 2010 calendar if Silverstone does not want to pay the going rate for its formula one race.

With Donington's chances now all but over, it had been expected that the F1 chief executive might move to safeguard the British grand prix by reaching an alternate deal with the race's traditional venue.

But after a Silverstone spokesman said Ecclestone's current offer is not "commercially viable", the British billionaire hit back: "No one is forcing them to take it.

"This is business. We have offered them a deal," he told the Daily Express newspaper. Do we need a British grand prix? No."

Ecclestone disputes that Silverstone, scene of F1's very first world championship event in 1950, should enjoy protected status as one of the sport's "traditional" venues.

"Italy is a traditional race because they have always raced at Monza," he argued. "Monaco is traditional as they have always had the same track.

"Britain and France have raced at three different circuits. They want a cut-price deal because it is traditional. That's not traditional to me. Britain is not protected," said Ecclestone.

"I would like a new plane because it's traditional as I have had one for 40 years but no one is offering me a cheap deal. That's not how it works."

Meanwhile, The Times newspaper reports that Donington's breach of contract may cost the circuit up to 15 million pounds sterling in cancellation fees.

This guy needs to be euthanized ASAP
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      10-24-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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he has a point, why should they cut them deal, it is a buisness now
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Silverstone is the biggest race of the year, bar none. When you have 100,000+ people showing up for a single race, it's the best thing for the sport. If Bernie cared about F1, and not just his wallet, he would understand that Formula 1, as a sport, needs to embrace the fandom instead of trying to make the extra buck on hosting fees.
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Silverstone is the biggest race of the year, bar none. When you have 100,000+ people showing up for a single race, it's the best thing for the sport. If Bernie cared about F1, and not just his wallet, he would understand that Formula 1, as a sport, needs to embrace the fandom instead of trying to make the extra buck on hosting fees.

Not sure I agree with the British F! GP having the largest crowds. The British GP had it's largest crowd in 15 years (307,000 over 3 days). The gp here in Australia has regularly had larger crowds than this.
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Not sure I agree with the British F! GP having the largest crowds. The British GP had it's largest crowd in 15 years (307,000 over 3 days). The gp here in Australia has regularly had larger crowds than this.
Albert Park hasn't been there for 50+ years either, nor is it a fan favorite. My point still stands.
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Albert Park hasn't been there for 50+ years either, nor is it a fan favorite. My point still stands.
Don't want to interject, but your post reads as if the only reason you thought Silverstone was the biggest race in F1 is because of the crowd it draws.....even then I doubt there are that many that go to Suzuka or Interlagos that care about Silverstone. Each country has its own racing history and it can be argued that the local history matters more (given the vast regional and cultural differences from track to track) than that of the bigger picture.

Silverstone may have some historical importance to the sport, but in every sport the historical imperative has waxed and waned. Right now the more important thing is selling more cars in India and China and because of that Albert Park is much more relevant than Silverstone.
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getting my plane tickets to go to melborne for the F1 race this week indy is traditional but they axed that race pretty easily. i think they should judge the tracks by how much passing they can do. so anotherwords the new spanish circuit gets the axe. singapore gets the axe, oh wait, i guess almost all the tracks would get the axe
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I like how Monaco and Monza get discount rates because they are "traditional" tracks, but Silverstone (which has been around just as long) doesn't. WTF BERNIE!!!!
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When you consider that probably 85% of the grid is UK based teams all of which are centered around Silverstone or there about it would be suicide for there not to be a British GP.

I wouldn't deny that Silverstone isn't perfect but it's a better track to visit as a fan than Monaco is, but the money income for this track probably far exceeds the likes of Silverstone. For Mr Ecclestone the love of the sport dead long ago in his mind and he is solely in it for the money.
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