F1 is a wealthy and resourceful sport, their abilities to handle an ever increasing calender is a judgement which will vary from person to person. I'm well aware of the real amount of time they have between races but I still personally don't see it being a problem as they already can handle week gap races.
As for being away from home, no one forced this career on them where they get to travel the world, meet interesting people and get paid a pretty penny to do so.
If its such an issue maybe they should have 2 separate pit crews which alternate between Gran Prix. As it is the FIA has ensured that no one is ever overworked with limited pit crew hours and the overall care of the workforce has improved dramatically since the 90's. Also they don't have in season testing anymore, T-Cars, endless spares etc.. which would have all been a massive burden to pit crews in the past.
It's to cash in on Alonso's popularity. It's why we had two races in Germany when Schumacher was at the height of his powers. The problem here is that it hasn't worked. The Spanish fans are quite funny in that they only seem to care when Alonso is doing well. I he isn't, the crowd figures tend to be down. Look at the 2008 race, where he retired on the first lap - the grandstands were all but abandoned shortly thereafter.I think we need to have a 20 race maximum for the season.
Shanghai has just renewed their contract. The Australians are only playing hardball to gain political points with voters.Haven't China expressed concern over the lack of money in it, as well as Australia of late? There could be two GP's we could lose.
I am told there will be no race there because of the political situation in Argentina. A revived Argentine Grand Prix would only happen with the support of the government in Buenos Aires. However, the circuit is in San Luis, a seat currently held by the national opposition (and possibly one of their traditional seats). The government will not endorse a race to be held in the opposition's territory. However, I must say that my information may be slightly out of date.Why can't we race at Potrero De Los Funes again?
It's a mad track.
Because Formula 1 circuits must be accredited to FIA Grade-1 standards. GT1 circuits only need to have a Grade-2 certification.Which begs the question, why can GT1 race there when F1 can't.
It still doesn't do anything to address the problem of the government being unwilling to support the race because of its location.
Face it, Potrero de los Funes is a pipe dream. It's never going to happen.
and to alternate with what is undoubtedly a jewel in the F1 crown??
Because when it isn't hosting Grands Prix, Spa spends most of its time shifting from one crisis to the next.Neither Paul Ricard, nor the next best Magny Cours really ever provided is with very interesting races, and to alternate with what is undoubtedly a jewel in the F1 crown?
Because there's an upper limit to the number of races that the calendar can hold. The provisional 2012 calendar holds 21 races, but one of them has to go. And then the Russians are going to join in 2014, which means a second race on the current calendar has to be dropped - but Turkey is the only race at the end of a contract (Bernie has never dropped a Grand Prix mid-contract simply because he got a better offer from someone else). And then there's been renewed interest from Argentina and Mexico in joining, as well as the Ukraine and South Africa putting their own bids together, plus the likes of Vietname and Croatia who have expressed interest in forming a bid. And that's just the interest that we've had this year.Why in blazes can't they just take a spot of their own?
There obviously is, since the prime minister put together the taskforce. Plus, you've got Romain Grosjean and Jules Bianchi currently doing very well for themselves in GP2, and Jean-Eric Vergne in Formula Renault 3.5. It's almost certain that at least one of them will graduate to Formula 1 by the time a French Grand Prix is resurrected, since the earliest date they could return to the calendar is 2013. I can't for the life of me imagine that the likes of Trulli, Barrichello, Webber, Karthikeyan and Schumacher will still be on the grid then. Plus, there's the annual rookie turnover that will create vacancies, and drivers like Sutil who may find themselves out of work if they keep getting beaten by their team-mates, and that's without mentioning the possibility that Robert Kubica will never race again (since a lot is riding on his recovery). By the time the French Grand Prix returns, half the current grid could be gone.Besides, with no French F1 drivers in F1, and as of now no French team either, is there really any national interest for their "taskforce" to be worth it?
Valencia will be the only Spanish date on next year's Formula One calendar.
That was the claim on Tuesday of Radio Valencia as well as Cadena SER, the premier Spanish radio network.
The reports said Valencia, the Spanish port city and host of last Sunday's European Grand Prix, will take on the mantle of the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012 and beyond.
Also on Tuesday, Valencia mayor Rita Barbera told the EFE news agency the city wanted an earlier date on future F1 calendars.
In May, Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya hosted Spain's long-standing other F1 race, the Spanish Grand Prix.
Tuesday's radio reports said the fact Valencia will host the only Spanish F1 race in 2012 was based on a "verbal agreement" that will soon be memorialized in writing.
The event's new deal, reportedly agreed to by F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone over the weekend, runs through 2021 and gives Valencia the May date usually reserved for Barcelona.
Why keep the boring, flat, it's-not-Monaco-stop-trying track over Catalunya?
No, it doesn't - Turkey is under threat because they haven't agreed to a renewed contract yet. Losing Catalunya doesn't automatically make Istanbul safe.I guess this means Turkey is safe for 2012 as well(at least hopefully).
Not even close - Bernie spoke to the owners of Aragon to ask if they could pick up Korea's calendar spot last year if the circuit was not finished in time. Aragon turned him down, saying they had no interest in hosting Formula 1.
I'd rather drop Cataluyna and have Jerez, but they're both pretty lacklustre. Valencia is just plain awful, but if they're willing to pay, then anywhere can get a race in F1, no matter how crap the track is.
Abu Dhabi and Bahrain are prime examples.
I've been thinking (always a dangerous sentence from me): I wonder if the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry would be a possibility for a French Grand Prix?
The full circuit is twelve kilometres, but I think a few modifications could be made to the western extension and trim it down to five or six kilometres - something like this - and it could be a real winner. It's also nice and close to Paris; in fact, it's within the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area. Of course, it would take some work, but it might be worth it.