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(ESPN)   It's official - There will be a French GP next year   (en.espnf1.com) divider line 29
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2012-04-24 03:25:59 PM  
i'm sure bernie owning circuit paul ricard had nothing to do with it

"Whatever the outcome, I don't care," said Ecclestone. "That's a local issue that doesn't concern me."

you proved that already this past weekend in bahrain
 
2012-04-24 03:42:21 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: i'm sure bernie owning circuit paul ricard had nothing to do with it

"Whatever the outcome, I don't care," said Ecclestone. "That's a local issue that doesn't concern me."

you proved that already this past weekend in bahrain


The only thing that concerns Bernie is the almighty pound sterling.

At least it's not at Magny Cours, those races are ridiculously boring.
 
2012-04-24 03:42:55 PM  
In before joke about surrendering
 
2012-04-24 04:24:21 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: i'm sure bernie owning circuit paul ricard had nothing to do with it

"Whatever the outcome, I don't care," said Ecclestone. "That's a local issue that doesn't concern me."

you proved that already this past weekend in bahrain


Oh, and it sounds like he got the French government to pay F1 (i.e. Ecclestone and his friends) to hold the race on his track. Nope, nothing fishy going on at all.
 
2012-04-24 04:39:48 PM  
I have to give Bernie credit. He did some great things bringing F1 together particularly when it came to the series and the TV rights. But then the money and power gave him a Napoleon Complex and he became a complete tool. Getting the French government to pay him to stage a race at his track? Wow, I am totally not shocked.

I still hate what he did with the Indy F1 race -- loved watching those cars race down the front straight there! But you know you're doing something really wrong when you make American open-wheel fans feel sympathy for Tony George.
 
2012-04-24 05:08:22 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Oh, and it sounds like he got the French government to pay F1


You have to admire the pure balls of Bernie "Pay me to hold a race at my racetrack".
 
2012-04-24 05:12:50 PM  
It will be interesting to see how the F1 event is received in Austin this fall. The facility being built looks awesome and I'd like to attend some time in the future but wonder if the NYC/NJ race may be the better attended one. Realistically I see the two courses alternating much like this French/Spa arraignment.

Perhaps NASCAR's Winston Sprint Cup schedule makers will drop a 2nd date from a boring track like Pocono that has been struggling for years to fill its stands and go to Austin. One of the best race's of the year on NASCAR's schedule is Watkin's Glen and it really is a shame they only run two road courses a year.
 
2012-04-24 05:20:32 PM  

soopey: It will be interesting to see how the F1 event is received in Austin this fall. The facility being built looks awesome and I'd like to attend some time in the future but wonder if the NYC/NJ race may be the better attended one. Realistically I see the two courses alternating much like this French/Spa arraignment.


That being said, I just finished watching NJ governor Chris Christie getting all "New Jersey" saying "The Nets are leaving? Good riddance." This is going to be very interesting to see him and Bernie together when Bernie asks for more money for the race there. Oh, I would pay good money to be in that room and watch that conversation.

Also, how's that Austin track shaping up? I'm hearing they're going to be cutting it close to get it done.
 
2012-04-24 05:24:02 PM  
Taking away the best track on the calendar every other year = FAIL.
 
2012-04-24 05:28:35 PM  
Ugh. Seriously? Every other year we're going to trade one of the most historic and exciting tracks on the calendar for a track that was designed to be a test track? While we're at it, why don't we go ahead and drop Monaco and Monza too?
 
2012-04-24 05:30:01 PM  

soopey: ...it really is a shame they only run two road courses a year.


/fixed that for me
 
2012-04-24 05:30:40 PM  

killershark:
Also, how's that Austin track shaping up? I'm hearing they're going to be cutting it close to get it done.


Supposedly on schedule.
 
2012-04-24 05:33:15 PM  

good_2_go: soopey: ...it really is a shame they only run two road courses a year.

/fixed that for me


Nationwide guys run three road courses (Montreal, Watkins Glen, and Road America) and put on a hell of a show. I don't see why the top tier shouldn't add another road course.
 
2012-04-24 05:35:19 PM  

fatalvenom: Taking away the best track on the calendar every other year = FAIL.


Yep, old Bernie hates alot of the European races because they don't suck his cock every time he wants them too. With no Italian, British and German GP the value of F1 would drop by a billion or two and he hates that.

Its the older tracks that have the best races and the real money.
 
2012-04-24 05:45:18 PM  

killershark: Also, how's that Austin track shaping up? I'm hearing they're going to be cutting it close to get it done.


Well they're supposed to start paving the track over the summer. Yeah they'll be cutting it real close. Like, the teams are showing up while the paint is still drying close.
 
2012-04-24 05:50:44 PM  

Norfolking Chance: fatalvenom: Taking away the best track on the calendar every other year = FAIL.

Yep, old Bernie hates alot of the European races because they don't suck his cock every time he wants them too. With no Italian, British and German GP the value of F1 would drop by a billion or two and he hates that.

Its the older tracks that have the best races and the real money.


The problem is not all of the older tracks have the real money anymore. Spa, for example, has had issues with money. And while it wasn't a traditional F1 track, Indy has the history that was perfect for F1, plus it brought in 200K+ fans. But where was the F1 race this weekend? Bahrain. I know I probably wasn't the only one who noticed that the F1 cameras were somehow avoiding shots of the empty grandstands. But as long as Bernie gets paid, he doesn't give a crap about whether it's old tracks with the best races.
 
2012-04-24 07:00:51 PM  
1 gear forward, 7 gears backward, with a dog-track bunny painted to look like Hitler chasing them from the front?

/from the front, I see what I did there
 
2012-04-24 07:04:02 PM  
img1.fark.net It's official - There will be no Belgian GP next year
 
2012-04-24 08:03:05 PM  
On a brighter note, the twunt in in his eighties. His replacement surely won't be any worse.

/Fingers crossed.
 
2012-04-24 09:17:35 PM  

iron de havilland: On a brighter note, the twunt in in his eighties. His replacement surely won't be any worse.

/Fingers crossed.


Unfortunately, Bernie won't die until we cut his head off, drive a crankshaft through his chest, and bury him next to a chicane.
 
2012-04-24 09:24:33 PM  

Wonderduck: Unfortunately, Bernie won't die until we cut his head off, drive a crankshaft through his chest, and bury him next to a chicane.


Can I drive the car that does that? I've seen what those front wings are capable of at speed.
 
2012-04-24 09:38:30 PM  

killershark: Norfolking Chance: fatalvenom: Taking away the best track on the calendar every other year = FAIL.

Yep, old Bernie hates alot of the European races because they don't suck his cock every time he wants them too. With no Italian, British and German GP the value of F1 would drop by a billion or two and he hates that.

Its the older tracks that have the best races and the real money.

The problem is not all of the older tracks have the real money anymore. Spa, for example, has had issues with money. And while it wasn't a traditional F1 track, Indy has the history that was perfect for F1, plus it brought in 200K+ fans. But where was the F1 race this weekend? Bahrain. I know I probably wasn't the only one who noticed that the F1 cameras were somehow avoiding shots of the empty grandstands. But as long as Bernie gets paid, he doesn't give a crap about whether it's old tracks with the best races.


While I still somewhat enjoy F1, LeMans racing is where it's at.
 
2012-04-24 10:33:09 PM  
fatalvenom:

While I still somewhat enjoy F1, LeMans racing is where it's at.

QFT!
 
2012-04-25 12:12:42 AM  

eddie_irvine: fatalvenom:

While I still somewhat enjoy F1, LeMans racing is where it's at.

QFT!



Why?

Bernie's shiat doesn't anger you at all?
 
2012-04-25 12:45:37 AM  
killershark
"Also, how's that Austin track shaping up? I'm hearing they're going to be cutting it close to get it done."

It's going to be a giant fiasco. The only 2 roads leading to that track are two 2-lane county roads with no lights. They are still fighting over who's going to pay for it. They haven't even started building it( the roads to feed the 100,000 plus people out there). But it's cool....I'll be selling water for 10 dollars a bottle while it takes 10 hours to get in and out...
 
2012-04-25 01:30:56 AM  

SniperJoe: Wonderduck: Unfortunately, Bernie won't die until we cut his head off, drive a crankshaft through his chest, and bury him next to a chicane.

Can I drive the car that does that? I've seen what those front wings are capable of at speed.


By all means. I don't care who gets the credit, as long as it happens.
 
2012-04-25 06:28:43 AM  

fatalvenom: While I still somewhat enjoy F1, LeMans racing is where it's at.


I can't say I blame you too much there. I always make it a point to watch the 24-hours and it's always a good battle. That and ALMS is always fun, but I think that Petit Le Mans will be missing something this year without the Peugeot / Audi battle.
 
2012-04-25 10:31:29 AM  

killershark: Norfolking Chance: fatalvenom: Taking away the best track on the calendar every other year = FAIL.

Yep, old Bernie hates alot of the European races because they don't suck his cock every time he wants them too. With no Italian, British and German GP the value of F1 would drop by a billion or two and he hates that.

Its the older tracks that have the best races and the real money.

The problem is not all of the older tracks have the real money anymore. Spa, for example, has had issues with money. And while it wasn't a traditional F1 track, Indy has the history that was perfect for F1, plus it brought in 200K+ fans. But where was the F1 race this weekend? Bahrain. I know I probably wasn't the only one who noticed that the F1 cameras were somehow avoiding shots of the empty grandstands. But as long as Bernie gets paid, he doesn't give a crap about whether it's old tracks with the best races.


By money i mean the sponsors prestige (and how much they are willing to spend) and tv market. Take the Monaco GP. Its normaly a technical and boring race that can't pay Bernie much money at all, but every> sponsor wants to be there and is the place to wine and dine people. Without the German, Italian and British tv markets the sport looses a massive market share.
 
2012-04-26 03:00:57 PM  
i think the french GP girls will be tres bon!
 
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