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GP Week : Issue 84A
FERRARI threw a party at a grand mansion beside the Bosphorus on Saturday night to celebrate its historic 800th grand prix. We were treated to a video reel showing six decades of passion, pain and success. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso spoke of their pride to race for the Scuderia, and the appeal of their company cars and they emerged from a new 458 Italia as dry ice engulfed the stage. Because of the notorious traffic in Istanbul, both drivers had to be helicoptered into the event, and few non-Ferrari F1 personalities were present. No sign of Bernie Ecclestone or Jean Todt, for instance, despite Ferrari's lengthy investment in the sport. Michael Schumacher was absent too. He did, however, share some kind words with the media: "My greatest passion is racing, and in that we, myself and Ferrari, are very much the same. I will always have a part of Ferrari inside me; a part of my heart will always be red." You'll be glad to know GPWEEK did the right thing, though, and turned up to toast the team. It was not to be a brilliant weekend for Ferrari, who scored just 10 points, and slipped to third in the constructors' championship. Ferrari celebrates 800 Grands Prix AFTER recent discussions concerning New Jersey and upstate New York, Bernie Ecclestone has taken everyone by surprise by announcing that Formula One will return to the United States to a new purpose-built circuit in Austin. Starting in 2012, the promoter Full Throttle Productions has a 10-year contract. The organizer, Tavo Hellmund, is a former NASCAR racer who Bernie has known since he was a nipper. "I've known him for an awfully long time, so I know I can trust the people," said Mr E. "They're prepared to build the kind of circuit we want, [and] they are doing exactly what we're asking. It's a difficult market to break into but wherever we've raced in the past we've had capacity crowds. I've no fears at all." Estimates put the cost of building the venue at $200 million. Hellmund says: "We've got the funding, but we don't have a billion dollars to build an Abu Dhabi". The event will receive financial support from the state. Austin already hosts a number of large events, such as the SxSW and Austin City Limits music festivals. Full Throttle Productions say they've already bought a 700 acre plot to the east of the city. Hermann Tilke's company has been hired to design and build the track: "I signed a deal with him a long time ago," said Hellmund: "[Tilke] know where FIA and FOM want every plug, literally. They've already done the design, there's already a masterplan, and we have unbelievable land, a few miles from the airport. It's a killer location." Austin to host 2012 US Grand Prix Venue takes F1 by surprise; Tilke to design track For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... F1 NEWS >> 9