Daily Archives: March 31, 2010

Petrov to pay tribute to victims of Russian bomb attacks

Russian Vitaly Petrov for Renault, who will wear a black band this weekend

Russian Vitaly Petrov for Renault, who will wear a black band this weekend

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov will pay tribute to the victims of the recent suicide bomb attacks in Moscow, by wearing a black armband as a mark of repsect, during this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

After the bomb attack on the Moscow Metro on Monday, which left 39 people dead, two bombs today went off, killing at least another 12. The country and government remains on alert at the moment.

Petrov said:

"This terrible news shocked me 
profoundly. I would like to give 
my support to everybody who was 
affected by this tragedy. I will 
wear a black armband during the 
Malaysian Grand Prix in memory
of the people who were killed or 
wounded at Lubyanka and Park 
Kultury stations."

"I'm sure organisers of this barbaric 
act will be found soon and brought to
justice and I hope from all my heart 
that such a thing will never happen 

In many occasions have driversand teams paid tribute to people who have died, inside or outside of F1. The Toyota crew all wore black armbands during the 2008 French Grand Prix after the death of their Ove Andersson, the head of Toyota’s F1 program and a former rally driver.

At the Nurburgring in 2007, Felipe Massa had a black stripe on his helmet and a black band on his left arm, after the deaths of 191 people in Sao Paulo in a plane crash.

Tickets for Korean Grand Prix on sale

The planned layout for the Korean Grand Prix

The planned layout for the Korean Grand Prix

The Korean Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) has started to sell tickets ahead of the inaugural Korean Grand Prix in October.

The prices of these tickets will range from 117,000 won (£68,€75) to 920,000 won (£537,€600) minus tax at the track. This circuit is expected to hold around 123,000 people when the Grand Prix is launched in October.

This race will be the fifth and last Asian race of the season, and it will launch the final trio of races.

More information can be found at www.koreangp.kr.

Although I have no use whatsoever, I went onto the official site (the ticket part of it is in Korean) and got prices for a 3-day ticket at Grandstand B, which is beside the hairpin which connects the pit straight and the main straight. This grandstand definitely looks like the best spot to see some good F1 action, unless you are the sort who goes to the tight section of the circuit with a camera. I’ve compared prices against a few of the best circuits on the calendar, to see are the tickets really worth it.

The circuits I am comparing against are Silverstone, Spa, Monza (as 3 of the best in Europe), China and Singapore (as  of the best in Asia). Apart from Silverstone, all prices were obtained through Formula1.com.

Best Grandstand Other grandstand
Korea €400
Silverstone €360 (Copse) €290 (Becketts)
Spa €520 (Eau Rouge) €520 (La Source)
Monza €340 (End of pit straight) €275 (Parabolica)
Shanghai €470 (Grandstand A) €260 (Grandstand K)
Singapore €575 (Turn 2) €315 (End of main straight)

Actually, it’s a bit cheaper than the best circuits around, but that was to be expected. I’ve heard from a few locals saying that it was too expensive for them, but €400 for a main ticket isn’t too bad compared to the rest. However, if you were thinking of going to any of the Asian races, there’s little point, seeing as how you can sit at Copse cheaper than any other great corner in the world.

Malasyian GP press conference schedule

The third round of the Formula 1 world championship gets underway this weekend. Here is the schedule of the press conferences for the Thursday and Friday interviews:

Thursday April 1, 1500 hours local time (0700 GMT):
Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Karun Chandhok (HRT), Kamui Kobayashi (BMW Sauber) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes).

Friday April 2, 1600 hours local time (0800 GMT):
Tony Fernandes (Lotus), Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus), Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India), Otmar Szafnauer (Force India).

Full transcripts will be available here as always.