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Old 07-09-2007, 09:31 PM   #166
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I'd love the day to see my beloved Williams back up where they should be.
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That just illustrates why I thought the 03 season was the best season of this decade. Tons of winners (even Jordan got up) the winner of the championship scored only 93 points, it went down to the wire...
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I just feel bad for Toyota. Ralf and his 20+ Million $ salary need to be fed into a food processor and reconstituted for lightweight aero parts.
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They've given them both enough chances I think. They had a good year I think it was 03 or 04. Time to move on.

I swear though, every veteran who was struggled for long time must HATE Hamstring. He's not even a season old and already he's more successful than say, Riccardo Patrese, the starts record holder!
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Well it's official, the US GP has been taken off the calendar for next year. It's unfortunate but F1 in the States has always been inconsistent and frustrating. Other countries have not had as near as a problem with hosting F1. If they can't get their shit together than so be it. Give it to a country where F1 is popular.

BBC Last Updated: Thursday, 12 July 2007, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK


Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has ended speculation by revealing there will not be a 2008 US Grand Prix. He is keen to stage races in other areas, especially Asia, and said no other US venue was in line to replace Indianapolis, its home since 2000.

"We didn't reach an agreement. Let's see if we miss America," he said. Previously, Ecclestone had described America as "not vital" for F1 and said "there are bigger markets for us to be in other parts of the world."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/moto...ne/6760617.stm
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Big Grin I would plan a trip to vegas

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Well it's official, the US GP has been taken off the calendar for next year. It's unfortunate but F1 in the States has always been inconsistent and frustrating. Other countries have not had as near as a problem with hosting F1. If they can't get their shit together than so be it. Give it to a country where F1 is popular.

Inconsistent and frustrating? How could a sport explain a failure like the tire fiasco two years ago? In my mind, THAT is inconsistent and frustrating (pulling more than half of the field from the competition).

Get their shit together? Bernie needs to pull his head out of his ass. The USGP has drawn an estimated 125,000 a year - one of the best attended F1 races (according to AP figures).

The USGP IS a big event to the sponsors. It is really too bad Bernie is a stuck up P.O.S. No where in the world could an F1 see a race for the price that you could in Indy.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Formula One's U.S. Grand Prix won't return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year after officials failed to reach a new deal.

Speedway CEO Tony George said Thursday he and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone agreed not to schedule the event for 2008. The only American-based race on the F1 schedule had been held at Indy the past eight years, drawing some of the biggest crowds on the circuit.

"After several discussions, Bernie Ecclestone and I were unable to agree how to keep Formula One in Indianapolis for the near term," George said in a statement. "However, we have agreed to leave the door open for a potential future date."

George, who scheduled a news conference later in the day, had set Thursday as the deadline for reaching an agreement to extend the contract with F1.

George met with Ecclestone last month during U.S. Grand Prix weekend in Indianapolis, and said he was confident a new deal would be reached.

But Ecclestone repeatedly said F1 did not need to race in the United States. He mentioned the possibility of moving the U.S. Grand Prix to New York or Las Vegas.

The 2.6-mile, 13-turn road course was built inside the speedway's famous oval to attract the F1 race.

Attendance figures are not released at Indianapolis, but estimates have been around 125,000 each of the past six years. The inaugural race in 2000 drew more than 200,000.

The event was marred in 2005 when 14 of the 20 drivers pulled off the track just before the start over concerns about the safety of the Michelin tires used by seven teams. Afterward, George refused to wave the checkered flag or join Michael Schumacher in the winner's circle.

Last year's negotiations to extend the deal dragged into August before the two sides agreed to a one-year deal. Speedway officials had said they wanted a more permanent solution this time.

Despite F1's absence, the speedway could still be the site of three races next year as track officials expect to announce with MotoGP, the international motorcycle racing series, next week.

Besides the Indianapolis 500, the speedway also is the site of NASCAR's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 29.
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Well it's official, the US GP has been taken off the calendar for next year. It's unfortunate but F1 in the States has always been inconsistent and frustrating. Other countries have not had as near as a problem with hosting F1. If they can't get their shit together than so be it. Give it to a country where F1 is popular.
It's not about where F1 is popular, it's about where the money is. Bernie will take this hole in the schedule and plug it with a race in another Middle Eastern or Asian country with enough cash to build a circuit quickly and promote a race.

The Indianapolis venue was pretty nice, but I guess they couldn't maintain the attendance figures over the run of the event at that track. They drew 220,000+ spectators at the first event, but that was down by half this year.
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If the French can get by without a grand prix, I think we Yanks can manage.
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We had a grand prix people!!!

And Webber made the freakin' podium!!!!

That start was hilarious, one of the best things I've ever seen.
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yes this race was great with the rain and all!

And now finally Hamilton knows what it's like to have a bad weekend
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Great race...last ten laps!
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yes this race was great with the rain and all!

And now finally Hamilton knows what it's like to have a bad weekend
He's actually bloody human!! Wat the f

Y'all watch out as old Webbsy wins next race.
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WOWOWOWOWOW!

WHAT a race! This is why I love F1. Alonso knocking wheels after an extended duel with Massa, yess!

They had a heated exchange after the race as well ....
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It's nice to have a few decent races scattered among the boring ones. Great race.
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That video has been taken down by F1. Wankers! Get over it for god's sake.
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