“Unfortunately it is clear that we are not going to be able to agree terms with FOM”
Razlan Razali, the boss of the Malaysian grand prix, has admitted that 2015 could be the Sepang circuit’s last formula one race.
He told Isportconnect it is “too early to even think” about whether the existing contract will be extended. “I think for the event to be successful and to even consider the event going beyond 2015, and paying lots of money to formula one, FOM must help the circuit to try and allow us to do as much as possible to get spectators to come to the circuit,” said Razali.
American multinational Mastercard could be set to return to formula one, according to the latest rumour from Brazil.
Russia’s f1news.ru reported that Mastercard – having sponsored Lola’s stillborn F1 effort in 1997 and then Jordan between 1998-2001 – has now agreed a trackside sponsorship deal with Bernie Ecclestone’s company FOM.
Pay television company Sky could replace formula one’s own broadcaster, according to a report in the Times.
Journalist Kevin Eason said Barney Francis, the managing director of F1′s new British broadcaster Sky Sports, will be in the Austin paddock this weekend. “He wants to introduce 3D to F1 and will have talks with Bernie Eccclestone”, Eason wrote.
Mercedes signs Hamilton, Concorde, Lauda, not Schumacher
Following the signature of the commercial agreement with FOM this week by Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is pleased to announce that Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year agreement to race for the team from the 2013 Formula One season.
F1 teams are already making plans for winter testing.
Auto Motor und Sport reports that provisional plans are already being made for the teams to reveal and test their 2013 cars for the first time from February 5 next year. The date of the first test, set for Jerez, is based on the fact that – according to the Melbourne organiser – Australia is provisionally scheduled to host the 2013 season opener on March 17 “subject to FOM confirmation”.
The new boss of Sochi’s 2014 Russian grand prix project insists the race plans are on track
There has been speculation the event could be delayed until 2015 because the resort city’s hosting of the 2014 winter Olympics is the priority. But new chief Alexander Bogdanov said: “There is only one objective. There is a contract signed with FOM, with Bernie Ecclestone, and my goal is to fulfil the obligations.
Rumours are swirling after qualifying in Bahrain that Force India was deliberately excluded from Saturday’s ‘world feed’ television coverage.
That coverage is controlled by Formula One Management, the sport’s Bernie Ecclestone-run company. F1 chief executive Ecclestone is believed to have been angry on Friday that Force India sat out the second practice session over security fears.
A support-race team and a respected journalist have become the next to pull out of this weekend’s highly controversial Bahrain grand prix.
The Porsche Supercup team MRS said its decision to skip the support race in the divided island Kingdom is the “first time in our history that we have had to cancel”. “In the end we have the responsibility for our employees,” said team boss Karsten Molitor, citing security concerns.
A respected F1 correspondent is expecting F1′s 2012 calendar to shrink to eighteen races this year.
Livio Oricchio, who writes for Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo, thinks the sport is now on the verge of cancelling next weekend’s visit to Bahrain. And he also thinks November’s US grand prix, scheduled to take place at the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, is in doubt.
A month before the inaugural race date, uncertainty still persists about the readiness of India’s new Buddh circuit.
The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council said in Singapore that the organisers and Bernie Ecclestone are giving “positive” briefings about the Delhi venue. “We’re very happy, they’re doing a good job,” the F1 chief executive told the AP news agency on Saturday.
As the new political stage is set, there have been rumblings of disunity within FOTA
Stefano Domenicali has laid out the stall as formula one teams prepare to get tough in negotiations about the sport’s future. Politics have returned to the F1 paddock in the form of a powerful consortium expressing interest in buying F1′s commercial rights from CVC, amid the backdrop of the expiring Concorde Agreement.
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