F1: Game over for USGP !!!

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by ajzahn, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Formula One Will Not Return to Indy

    AutoWeek | Published 07/12/07, 11:56 am et

    The United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will not be on the 2008 Formula One schedule after eight consecutive events since 2000. IMS set a July 12 deadline for a decision on the race's future during June's USGP race weekend, after F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone made disparaging comments about the event before declining to sign an extension on the spot.

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

    "It has been a pleasure having the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, and I hope that as we approach our Centennial Era at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an opportunity might present itself that would allow its return."

    It is unclear whether the loss of Indy means F1 will not return to the U.S. at all. Ecclestone met recently with billionaire developer Steve Wynn in Las Vegas to discuss the possibility of a Vegas race in 2008. Results of that meeting are unknown.
     
  2. Roll on Bras�lia as the GP of the Americas!
    yay!
     
  3. bring back Hockenheim, please !!!
     
  4. Indy = most boring track on the F1 calendar, so I will not miss it.
     
  5. Aj, what are the confirmed races for 2008?
     
  6. YES!
     
  7. no idea
     
  8. Why not F1 on Laguna Seca, Watkins glenn or Road America?
     
  9. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
     
  10. Disappointing, but not surprising.
     
  11. Bring back Watkins Glen, that is a far superior course to Indy's.
     
  12. If they ever come back I hope it's not to Indy.
     
  13. Rad, bring on the GP of Maracaibo
    A street circuit svp
     
  14. I would like to see the F1 cars race at a track like Laguna Seca now that there will be no GP at Indy.
     
  15. I have said it once and I will say it again, they should have just raced on the oval. I know many people on this site are ignorant of oval racing, but it would have been great. It would be a super exciting race and a total wild card race between the teams. Setting up a car for an oval could move the field around quite a bit. It would be cool to see actual passing in F1.
     
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  17. Plan a trip to Montreal next year <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
     
  18. Oh well, I've seen the USGP, and won't miss it a bit.
     
  19. Laguna Seca is horrible. The track has very few (if any) passing areas, the paddock isnt very nice, the pits arent close to F1 standards, and the surrounding area isnt that great either.
     
  20. ESTORIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  21. Indy is one of the worse place to have a F1 in the U.S.
     
  22. Indy boss vows to win GP back

    Indianapolis chief executive Tony George has pledged to do everything in his power to ensure that Formula 1 returns to the legendary track after 2008.

    George announced yesterday that the circuit had been unable to agree terms with Bernie Ecclestone and would not feature on next year's F1 calendar.

    But he is adamant that the loss of the 2008 race does not mean the end of Indy's relationship with F1.

    "Obviously, I am personally disappointed," George told a press conference. "Eight years ago, it was our intent to host this event on an annual basis.
    While I still hold hope for the future that we'll be able to bring it back, it's tough to have a hiatus like this, and I view it as such.
    I'm going to continue to work on this to the best of my ability to try to bring it back as soon as possible."

    He confirmed that it was possible that the United States Grand Prix could return as early as 2009, but said there were no guarantees yet.

    "That would be my hope, but I think it would be premature to say that, having not had the conversations that need to take place that it would even be possible in 2009," George said. "I regret the fact we won't have it for 2008, but my hope is we'll be successful in getting that back in the future.
    (The chances of a 2009 race are) probably better than the 50/50 that I thought it would be back in 2008.
    How much more? I don't know, maybe 60/40?"

    George said the soon-to-be-announced 2008 MotoGP race at Indianapolis had no bearing on F1's departure.

    "The decision to not have a round of the (F1) world championship here next year was considered totally independently of any consideration being given to having a motorcycle race here," he insisted.

    Indianapolis had hosted the US GP since 2000, and although it saw controversies like Ferrari's bungled 'dead heat' in 2002 and the Michelin pull-out of 2005, it invariably drew the largest crowd on the calendar.

    Prior to joining forces with Indy, F1 had lacked an American date for eight years following the demise of the unsuccessful Phoenix street race.

    The sport continues to struggle to gain a foot-hold in the US market, and George warned that F1 would have to adopt a different strategy if and when it returns to America.

    "I think the future will depend on recognising the fact that the United States is a bit different, and we're going to have to figure out how to make it work," he said. (ITV)
     
  23. Formula 1 might as well be called Formula MidEast or Formula Asia. All the prestige & historic tracks are disappearing/off the calendar. Damn you Bernie.
     
  24. I feel sorry for the owner of Indy too. He spent millions upgrading the track to support F1 cars.
     

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