Ecclestone to cut older races

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has said that he is ready to cut older race venues from the Formula 1 calendar, in order to make way for the new proposed races in New York, Moscow and Rome.

The Korean Grand Prix joins the list this year, and India in 2011. With New York, Russia and Rome all tipped for places in 2012 and 2013, Ecclestone has said that older races will have to be cut. In an interview with Autocar, he said:

We’re going to lose some races for sure, there are some races we can afford to
lose without too much problem. I’ve spoken to the countries to see what we can
come up with.

This was to be expected. With 2 races joining in the next 2 years, without other races being dropped the calendar would be raised to a record-breaking 20 races per season. If New York, Russia and Rome all get through scrutineering, that means there must be around 4 or 5 venues that must be dropped.

I like change in Formula 1, and there’s a few circuits I’d like to see go. Valencia is the most obvious, as it simply cannot produce anything interesting, and also had difficulties repaying their contract to Ecclestone, because of low ticket sales last year. Barcelona could well be a target because, though attendance is high, it is not the most characteristic of circuits.

Another one is the Hungaroring. While it is the only race in Eastern Europe, the circuit is neither a challenge to the car or the driver, apart from the high temperatures. Overtaking is also extremely difficult, and I doubt there’s much cash in the hands of the race organisers. Now personally, I’d like the Shanghai circuit to go, since the races aren’t great, the organisers cannot keep up the payments either, and attendance is very low, with empty grandstands littering the circuit.

After this, the Bahrain Grand Prix should go, since the racing is terrible, and the circuit organisers were pure arrogant earlier this year, by claiming the new sector would increase overtaking, when they knew bloody well it wouldn’t. Also, the German Grand Prix should be either the Hockenheimring (old one please) or the Nurburgring, not alternating between them.

I would hope that at least 3 of those races will go in the next few years. But what do you think?  Have a say in the new poll:

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3 responses to “Ecclestone to cut older races

  1. pickle92 April 11, 2010 at 17:18

    I voted to cut: Sakhir, Shanghai, Barcelona (what’s wrong with Jerez or the other Valencia?), Valencia (Street), Hungaroring, Singapore, Jeonman and Yas Island.
    If we are going to have new tracks we do need to get rid of some of the dross. Also these new tracks need to be good and not just as bad as some of these.
    Call me extreme, but if F1 wants to cut costs dramatically, then maybe we should have fewer races on the calendar. Why not have a season like this?

    1. Australia
    2. Malaysia
    3. Spain
    4. Monaco
    5. Turkey
    6. Canada
    7. France
    8. Britain
    9. Germany
    10. Belgium
    11. Italy
    12. Japan
    13. Brazil

    • ciaranmor April 11, 2010 at 17:49

      Maybe a bit too much cut off, but don’t forget there will be more races coming soon. One idea I heard of (I didn’t think it up, someone mentioned it) was for all the races to be geographically aligned. Basically, the races in each continent would be grouped into the calendar, like the European season already is.
      I would think it would reduce costs dramatically, and give us a good excuse to bring back Interlagos as the season finale :)

  2. pickle92 April 12, 2010 at 13:48

    But then wouldn’t you be in danger of have two separate championships emerge, one in Asia and the other in Europe?
    I’d keep it the way that it is, but swap Abu Dhabi and Brazil around.

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