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2007 provisional calendar
Finally f...in'Imola is out of the calendar. 2005 and 2006 editions showed that on this track it is ABSOLUTELY impossible to surpass, even I with my punto could keep Raikkonen or MS behind simply because there is no way you can find the space to attack.
I'm sorry the races will be only 17 (even though probably it is the perfect number), and I'm sorry that Suzuka is out, it is a great track. Curious to see the Fuji, though!
And of course, it's great to welcome SPA again.
No, Tilke still sucks.
I am looking forward to Fuji - it has been many a moon since I even have thought about that track.
Australia 18 March
Malaysia 08 April
Bahrain 15 April
Spain 13 May
Monaco 27 May
Canada 10 June
United States 17 June
France 01 July
United Kingdom 08 July
Germany 22 July
Hungary 05 August
Turkey 26 August
Italy 09 September
Belgium 16 September
China 30 September
Japan 07 October
Brazil 21 October
I really hope it is anyway!
re: Imola; yes, sad to see her go but it was inevitable + they buggered up Variante Alta. Italy and Germany can't expect two races a year any more than GB did back in the 70s and 80s.
I agree that Imola will probably be reinstated.
But what happened with the Mexico GP? Wasn't it supposed to be back in the new Cancun circuit from 2007?
Anyway, I think Imola will be back on, and I seriously hope Suzuka will be. I also love Suzuka (but not as much as Spa.)
if mercedes and bmw or ferrari want two home grand prixs then i guess they'll get it
Imola is a TOIT track in name only - Monza is the spiritual home.
I would expect Honda to get Suzuka back on - anyone remember the Pacific GPs at Aida?!
Ones to watch: India, SAfrica and Mexico.
getting advertising out to the crowds on the stands (on tv it doesn't really matter where the gp's anyway, except when it's at weird times in the morning) or being able to welcome important local clients in your hospitality area
And why oh why is that piece of shit track Hungary still on the calender. One good race and 19 terrible ones sums it up!
What happened to the two races in Spain to capitalize on the Alonso effect. I'd be up for a return to Estoril if it were upgraded (not Tilkefied) to current safety standards.
I like Suzuka but Fuji will be a nice change IMHO.
Merc, TOIT and BMW would far rather have two races in the US than one in their homelands.
(the FIA GT championship recently held a race at Paul Ricard with NO paying punters ... for the very good reason there are no grandstands).
Petrol, Fuji is owned by Toyota and Suzuka by Honda. I think Suzuka will muscle its way back on!
Hungary is there for purely political reasons - which also explained its inclusion in 1986.
Where's Greco when you need him? ...
(Turkey won't lose the GP though)
Petrol, it was Jerez '97 where the Mayor muscled his way into the presentation; a memorable race for a few reasons!
news of a summit between Bernie and the Imola team pre-Monza and Autosport's comment that there is a gap of one month between Bahrain and Barca.
BTW, in a shocking case of forward planning I am aiming for Sepang next year. The viges household will be touring Her Majesty's colonies of New South Wales and Malaya. Cocktails, anyone?
Ayrtons qualifying must have been a blinder
Course length: 3,702m
1995 Results(Pacific GP, Oct.22)
PP : D.Coulthard/Williams Renault(1'14"013)
1st : M.Schumacher/Benetton Renault
2nd : D.Coulthard/Williams Renault
3rd : D.Hill/Williams Renault
1994 Results(Pacific GP, April 17)
PP : A.Senna/Williams Renault(1'10"218)
1st : M.Schumacher/Benetton Ford
2nd : G.Berger/Ferrari
3rd : R.Barrichello/Jordan Hart
Ayrton Senna/Williams Renault (1994)
Michael Schumacher/Benetton Ford (1994)
Brooksey; good luck with the FF - best support race at Albert Park. Speaking of which, am currently watching the V8s live from Sandown Park. Where is that? Great beasts. Best watched with a cold Carlton. Best saloon cars in the world (DTM don't count - they are wolves in sheeps clothing).
Funnily enough, the plan is to next season race Fvee in the Victorian titles, and then jump into a FFord mid season to prep for 2008. I'm not sure how it will all work out yet, but i'll keep everyone here posted no doubt!