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GP Week : Issue 111
F1 NEWS >> F1 calendar shrinking? Insurance products for the Motorsport industry – worldwide The season is about to start - call us now Adrian Hardy +44 (0)207 220 0138 Jon Salmon +44 (0)207 220 0143 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our brand new website is coming soon! Lloyds broker Ellis Clowes & Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority Japan, Korea at risk FORMULA One faces the prospect of having its calendar shrunk to just 17 events this year, despite having a record-equalling 20 Grands Prix on the list just three months ago. In Bahrain, continuing protests and violence are casting dobt on the long- term future of the race while Japan’s devastating earthquake, tsuname and nuclear troubles could strike both the Japanese and Korean Grands Prix from the calendar on safety grounds. Bahrain Grand Prix officials have until May 1st, three weeks from yesterday, to decide on the running of the 2011 event. Although neighbours Abu Dhabi have offered to move their race to facil- itate a Bahrain Grand Prix at the end of the year, the continuing civilian unrest and violence against protesters make a rescheduled race highly unlikely. In Japan meanwhile, concerns continue over radioactive material leaking from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant on the country’s east coast, having been hit hard by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami in March. Although Suzuka, the venue for the Japanese Grand Prix, was well away from the epicentre of the earth- quake and not damagd in the natural disaster, any further increase in radia- tion from the stricken plant could make it unsafe for the F1 paddock to travel to the country. A less likely consequence of the Fukushima disaster is that radiation from the plant may spread far enough to make it a health hazard in South Korea, where the second Korean Grand Prix is due to be held in October. The country’s authorities insist that Japanese radiation is not a threat to South Korea however. 11