Originally Posted by F1Filter
Schumi = ticket sales.
A lot of GP's this past season didn't sell out, or were only near half-capacity. Bernie needs some sort of leverage to be able to command those ridiculous fees he asks. Because it would seem that already venues like Turkey aren't going to be renewing their contracts.
I've got to laugh at all the "traitor" sentiments that the Italian press has been throwing out @ Schumacher. Didn't Di Montezemolo more or less force him to retire? Ferrari didn't renew his contract because they wanted to sign drivers before the end of that season. So I don't get where Ferrari, or the press in Italy gets off saying that he was indebted to the team. The last time I checked, they were mid runners when they had drivers like Berger and Alesi.
Well exactly. Back when they ran Alesi and Berger in the 90's the only thing they had going for them was a beautiful engine sound...
The biggest problem with F1 now is the fact its boring (obviously) although why that is mroe open to debate. For me, it's the circuits; classics like Monaco and Interlagos gave us fantastic racing, absolutely everything else on the calendar (namely the stuff designed by Hermann Tilke was utterly, utterly boring, with cars being lapped as early as 15 laps into one of his circuits - unfathomable when in qualifying every car was covered by a second and a half. It's more laughable now than it was back in 94 or 95, where the Simteks, Pacifics, and Forti cars were being lapped...
I don't know. I still hold pre-95 F1 to be the highlight of it's history. Now it is just an elaborate cash cow for Bernie Ecclestone. Maybe when he dies...