So, I'm now going to try something new. I'm going to start a new series of posts which collects interesting stories from around the web. It's a bunch of stories I read, have an opinion about and want to share. So this is the first in the series. Hopefully it will be regular and be useful to most of you who might not read it or missed it or want to find it again.
My comments (if any) will be in blue.
SPONSORSHIP MARKETPLACE IN FORMULA 1 LOOKING “PRETTY GOOD”
The sponsorship marketplace in Formula 1 is looking “pretty good” at the moment with several new brands coming into the sport, according to Formula 1 business expert Zak Brown, however he adds that there remains a big pressure on teams to continue to find ways to raise money.
“When you get into banks, logistics or narrow consumer groups, they don’t tend to be mass market as much. I think the new trend is a win-win. It will be good cash for racing teams but also help extend the reach of the sport – which is only good for everybody."
PIRELLI ANNOUNCES COMPOUNDS FOR NEXT THREE RACES
The tyre construction will remain unchanged, contrary to Pirelli’s initial plans. This decision is due to the fact that the new tyres, which were brought to the Friday free practice sessions in Canada, could not be tested sufficiently due to rain - and that the teams failed to agree unanimously about introducing the changes. Instead a change in the tyre production process should now ensure that the delamination issue has been addressed.
IS NEW JERSEY HAPPENING AT ALL?
Over the last few days it has been widely reported that the organizers of the Grand Prix of America, scheduled to take place in New Jersey next June, have a "long-term agreement" with Bernie Ecclestone. Even this morning, Sky proclaims that the “contact is in place”.
Odd therefore that such a deal has not been mentioned by Bernie's own website, the official website of Formula One.
I don't forsee it happening next year. Anyway, Russia is there so no big deal, it will still be 20 races which is what the rules mention.
F1 RACE IN PHUKET?
"I was told yesterday about the new city planning law," added Somsak Phurisisak, of the Department for Sport and Tourism, according to the Bangkok Post. "Whatever is illegal we will not do, so we may have to cancel the proposed grand prix."
According to the Bangkok Post, Somsak suggested that alternative venues such as Khon Kaen or Nakhon Ratchasima may not be suitable "because they lack accommodation and facilities to house hundreds of people during the Grand Prix".
Personally the idea of F1 cars racing in Phuket sounds like a good idea, better than in the smog of Bangkok.
USAIN BOLT IN AN F1 CAR?
Is this for real? It was a tweeted picture, so go check it out in the link above or HERE.
SERGIO CLOSELY EXAMINED AT MCLAREN
Sergio Perez feels his move to McLaren means his driving is now much more closely scrutinized than when he was at Sauber.
"So yeah, when you are at McLaren, the spotlight is on you, people comment a lot about what you do right, what you do wrong. You definitely get more attention."
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