F1 links: Talks on Canadian GP return

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Here’s a round-up of F1 news and other interesting links I’ve found today.

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Exploratory talks aiming at Canadian GP return

"In the context of the global economic situation, Ecclestone might accept to lower his demands in order to see Formula 1 return to the North American market, with car manufacturers and sponsors pressuring him to make it work."

Button and the Brain

"Is it possible that we did not appreciate just how much the multiple world champion owed to the "brain on the pit wall"? Could it be that Ross would have achieved as much with any of the better drivers in those years, the Frentzens, the Hakkinens, the Alesis, even the Coulthards?"

Notes from Monaco

"Oh yes, the president is back alright. A totally different approach to last year when he walked through the paddock at Monte Carlo once, guarded by his spinmaster-general (Anthony) Richard Woods, like an old man on his way to the gallows. This time, and despite the loss of his son, he was looking dapper and fit and wondering around with his arms rigidly by his side (a bit like the Duke of Edinburgh). I am sure he is enjoying his latest crisis in the sport hugely. He is right at the heart of it and getting lots of press. Marvellous. Interesting that he did not hold a press conference. That must have been a huge temptation."

Paddock Life: Monte Carlo edition

"Having been refitted in 2006, the yacht features a spa, six staterooms, a Jacuzzi on the sundeck and a party area. There are elevators to all decks, a full gym, a sauna and spa centre, and a cinema room – with 60-inch plasma screen. And don't forget the bar area. If you fancy a taste of what life is like on board, Briatore is kind enough to rent it out for charter. It does depend, however, on you having a spare 250,000 Euros per week!"

Kevin Eason at large: Formula One budget cuts are blindingly obvious

"The problem is all the hidden agendas: Ferrari want more money and ultimate power over the rest, Toyota want out but need a convenient excuse like blaming the budget cap, and I suspect Renault falls into that camp, too."

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5 comments on “F1 links: Talks on Canadian GP return”

  1. As is always the case, any talk of the Canadian GP coming back is a good one. The event represents everything that any GP promoter should strive for his event to reach. The return of the event will be a win-win for everyone involved in the sport.

    BUT…it’s still not satisfactory to just have Montreal and not a USGP as well. The USF1 boys and fans such as myself and many others need our own home race…Mr. E, make it happen :)

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      27th May 2009, 6:24

      Sorry, but I disagree. In the current economic climate, there’s no need for an American Grand Prix. While the United States might be the biggest car market untouched by Formula One and the potential presence of US-GPE on the grid next year, the American car market is also facing severe downturns owning to the economic situation. There was trouble getting bums on seats while the race was at Indianapolis and everyone still remembers the aftertaste of the 2005 saga, so I think it would be even harder to get a race going again in th immediatefuture. Once the economy picks up – or, at the very least, stablislises itself – then maybe it’s an option, but not before. It’ll just be a case of throwing good money after bad.

  2. Button and the Brain

    i think brawn’s strategic talent has always been acknowledged, but never fully analyzed and described. he could have made multiple-champions of several drivers – villeneuve, montoya, coulthard, barichello, and webber come to mind.

    there are a couple that could have done 7 titles – hakkinen, alonso, maybe hamilton, massa or a younger kimi. if button wants to drive another 10 years, he might do it.

  3. Circuit, local and national economic impact and revenue streams of a Grand Prix – Prince Albert said in an interview on the BBC that the economic impact benefit to Monaco can be measured in the hundreds of millions of Euro’s. How can that be? Monaco is 1.95sq km and has a population of 33,000 (not including the fans supporting the race). But I can’t help but wonder how much of the revenue is generated from the regular fans as opposed to the rich folk back slapping and showing off their wealth, and if this is fair or representative in itself. Monaco is exclusive, decadent and over priced and surely much of whats on offer will be way outside the regular fans budget.

    We always talk about the budgets of the teams and salaries of the drivers, but I would be equally interested to find out the circuit, local, and national economic impact and costs of hosting a GP, the cost of preparing a track and venue, as well as how much each circuit pays to Bernie and whether that money comes from public or private enterprise, and to what degree and how they go about recouping those costs. Perhaps this might help us more so to understand why we have lost or are on the verge of losing certain grand prix’s.

    On another note, how surprised was I to see live timing during the race on the gp2 site now, finally…

    1. the most detailed info is probably going to relate to the canadian gp. i think it was this site that compiled the most, could be wrong.

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