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  • Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

    From the top gear web page....

    The Bahrain Information Affairs Authority announced the Crown Prince's intention to cancel via its Twitter site, quoting: "Bahrain's priority is on overcoming tragedy, healing divisions and rediscovering the fabric that draws this country together.

    "At the present time the country's entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain."

    Bernie Ecclestone said: "It is sad that Bahrain has had to withdraw from the race. We wish the whole nation well as they begin to heal their country.

    "The hospitality and warmth of the people of Bahrain is a hallmark of the race there, as anyone who has been at a Bahrain Grand Prix will testify. We look forward to being back in Bahrain soon."

    No new date has been set for the Bahrain GP, which has been a fixture on the F1 calendar since 2004. The first race of the F1 season will now be the Australian GP on March 27, held in Melbourne. More as we get it...


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    Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

    It will be interesting to see if this race is slotted in later in the season as the races are packed together pretty tight as it is.

    2011 FIA Formula One World Championship Race Calendar
    01 2011 FORMULA 1 QANTAS AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Melbourne) 25 - 27 Mar
    02 2011 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur) 08 - 10 Apr
    03 2011 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai) * 15 - 17 Apr
    04 2011 FORMULA 1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX (Istanbul) 06 - 08 May
    05 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPA—A 2011 (Catalunya) 20 - 22 May
    06 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2011 (Monte Carlo) 26 - 29 May
    07 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2011 (Montreal) 10 - 12 Jun
    08 2011 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE (Valencia) 24 - 26 Jun
    09 2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Silverstone) 08 - 10 Jul
    10 FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2011 (NŁrburgring) 22 - 24 Jul
    11 FORMULA 1 ENI MAGYAR NAGYDÕJ 2011 (Budapest) 29 - 31 Jul
    12 2011 FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps) 26 - 28 Aug
    13 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2011 (Monza) 09 - 11 Sep
    14 2011 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore) 23 - 25 Sep
    15 2011 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX (Suzuka) 07 - 09 Oct
    16 2011 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX (Yeongam) 14 - 16 Oct
    17 2011 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF INDIA (New Delhi) * 28 - 30 Oct
    18 2011 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Yas Marina Circuit) 11 - 13 Nov
    19 FORMULA 1 GRANDE PR MIO DO BRASIL 2011 (Sao Paulo) 25 - 27 Nov




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      Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

      http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2011/02/2...-bahrain-race/

      Abu Dhabi would have no problems moving Bahrain toward the end of this season. The only problem is it would create 3 weeks of racing in a row.




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        Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

        Originally posted by ACOGRecon View Post
        The only problem is it would create 3 weeks of racing in a row.
        Not that I watch it, but 3 weeks in a row is a problem, how?

        p.s. NASCAR drivers race almost every weekend from Feb to Nov.

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          Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

          It's not the physical strain on the drivers, its the physical cost of the logistics involved to move 24 race cars and their drivers, and mechanics, and technicians, and media people, and team leadership half the way across the world every week. In the European mid season all the races are close together, so it's no problem shipping the equipment/personnel, but during the flyaways at the beginning and end of every season its very hard to transport materials including car upgrades. Consider this, the teams sent their Bahrain GP sea freight by the middle of January for a race at the beginning of March.

          Consider also, if you will, the last six races of the season. Teams have to fly from Italy to Singapore to Japan to Korea to India to Abu Dhabi to Brazil in just about 2 months. Preperation for a GP generally starts on a Tuesday with all of the team setting up their garages, their paddock motor homes and press buildings (see link below). Thirsday is a press day. Friday free practice sessions 1 and 2 are held. Saturday free practice 2 and qualifying is held, and Sunday is race day. Lots to do on back to back race weekends.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bfbhUr_JvU
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UecNWd4TWs




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            Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

            Ahh, I guess that all makes sense. Maybe the governing body of these races should consider a big time TV contract to bring the racing to a larger percentage of the public. By doing so, they may increase their revenue (from sponsorships, t-shirts/caps/scale diecasts, etc) and be able to manage the logistics. This would also have the added benefit of allowing me to see some dedicated rally action here in the states.

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              Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

              Globally F1 is HUGE, it's just there is a very small market in the US for F1, most of the races are broadcast in delay on Speed Channel, and some are picked up by the big networks for a Sunday noon showing. The BBC gets over 100 Million viewers per race worldwide alone. Because of Oval racing's predominance, and some unfortunate incidents at the 2005 US Grand Prix, F1's stance in the US is kind of shaky. Hopefully this will change in 2012 when a purpose built track built in Austin will rejuvenate the market.

              On average the British Grand Prix has somewhere near 125,000 attendees each year. Mind you, F1 tracks are not built like the Super Speedways, which can maximize on seating (upwards of 200,000). F1 also boasts huge sponsorship and merchandise deals, with legends like McLaren and Ferrari racing, and factory operations like Renault and Mercedes with their own teams, and even Red Bull sponsoring two teams (including the current world champion constructor and driver). The larger teams average a budget of ~$400 Million, and make countless more in merchandising. The TV rights are held by a single management company (FOM), so TV stations play huge sums of money just to broadcast a global feed (they aren't even allowed to control the race side cameras!).

              Basically, open wheel racing is not in the lifeblood of American race fans, where stock car racing is more inherent.

              So, to answer your question the teams are a huge operation, and eventually the people behind the logistics need a chance to relax and see their families. :)

              2005 Us Grand Prix:
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Un...tes_Grand_Prix
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs32fA3udDE

              Money in F1:
              http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2009/03/0...ey-goes-in-f1/
              Last edited by ACOGRecon; 02-23-2011, 07:42 PM. Reason: added links




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              • #8
                Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

                Ahh, I see. I guess I wasn't looking too closely, seeing as I thought this was all about Rally racing, not F1. Since it is F1, I have lost all interest. Please disregard my previous posts. :icon12:

                Oh, and as far as the logistical people getting to see their families... Thats what the off season is for! :icon_lol:

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                  Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

                  Originally posted by Mindkill View Post
                  Oh, and as far as the logistical people getting to see their families... Thats what the off season is for! :icon_lol:
                  haha. Plus some of those team members sleep very little over a race weekend from Thursday to Sunday.. It can take a lot out of you, and then you have to fly somewhere else and do it all again and then again! Mistakes can happen when your not performing at your best.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

                    Like this. (25 seconds in)





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                    • #11
                      Re: Itís official: Bahrain GP cancelled

                      Nice to see there's a healthy interest in F1 here. I can't wait for the start of the season! As for you guys across the pond, you don't know what you're missing here. It's a shame that Kubica won't be in this season due to his injury in rally - he was looking to be such a strong contender this year. Just hoping for a damn good fight across the season.


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