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Friday, July 13, 2007

U.S. Loses Formula-1 Grand Prix So That Rich Old Man Can Get Richer

I don't blame you if you don't recognise the 77 year old clown in the picture. Despite his craving for admiration, the majority of people involved in Formula-1 can't stand Bernie Ecclestone. Why? Because of decisions like this one.

This five foot fuckhead rules Formula 1 with an iron fist through his control of the circuits and the TV rights and year after year good races in great venues are pushed asside for international tracks that offer 'Big Daddy Bernie' a bigger piece of the pie.

Ruthless control of Formula-1 has made him one of the richest people in the world, but it's not enough for this megalomaniac. The Indianapolis Grand Prix brought in 125,000-200,000 dedicated F1 fans, more then most other circuits and yet it has been dropped in favour of a Singaporean street race which is guran-damn-teed to be knowhere near as entertaining for the fans. And all so this old has been can line his filthy pockets. What a disgusting decision.

In other news, Lewis Hamilton's challenge for the World title in his rookie year may be under threat after Mclaren were found guilty of spying on Ferrari. Although Mclaren claim it was an isolated incident by one suspended member of the team and they have not received any benefit from this, they may still have points deducted from both of their drivers.

So I guess this is just a bad bad week for Formula-1. Sheesh.

[BBC Sport]
[Ecclestone Wiki]

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At 6:48 pm, Anonymous Aaron said...

Can't agree with you more! Having been to Indy each of the past eight years, I can tell you that the people there have 200x the fun than attending the other 'races' (which are no more than letting on and off the gas and turning left). Bernie needs to take a look at the real economic structures some of these countries he is robbing. There is a reason these countries don't have any other internation sporting events, PEOPLE THERE CAN'T AFFORD TO FEED THEIR KIDS LET ALONE FEED BERNIE'S WALLET!!!!

At 9:41 am, Anonymous Sanchez said...

You hit the nail right on the head Aaron. The U.S. fans have been denied a race they love because an asshole wants to rob the poorer nations to feed his bank balance. Simply outrageous.

At 8:13 am, Anonymous H said...

Are these two replies from people under the impression that Singapore is a 'poor' country. I agree with the comments about Bernie Ecclestone but wake up guys, no way is Singapore 'poor'!

At 7:15 pm, Anonymous Sanchez said...

No, but Singapore is 'poorer' that the U.S. but yet is willing to pay Bernie more dough. That's the point.

At 5:34 pm, Anonymous JD said...

A poorly researched article that doesn't even mention Tony George's role in the fiasco - - the real guy at fault.

Tony George is responsible for breaking his sport up in two; Bernie saved ours during the FISA-FOCA wars of the 80s.

DO a little research before you post some knee-jerk reaction like this in the future... And by the way, I am a proud American and loathe the absence of a USGP. But as an educated fan, I understand most of the blame falls on Tony George's shoulders.


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