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GP Week : Issue 114
Now called FanVision, the new G3 is available for sale with our best experience ever, including an ultra-bright 4.3 inch LCD screen, the ultimate in personalisation, more data, stats and camera angles than anywhere else. Our classic version is still available for weekend rentals. Experience Formula 1TM like never before. Save 20% when you reserve online! F1.FanVision.com There have been big changes at Kangaroo TV. YOUR RACE, YOUR WAY Get the next generation in fan enhancement. Click HERE to go to THE F1 contract for the Turkish Grand Prix may yet be renewed beyond this year’s event, despite recent comments from the country suggesting the race will have to be scrapped because of the high hosting fees. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has asked the Turkish government for $26m to host the race as part of a new contract from 2012, twice the fee that they are currently paying. The head of Istanbul’s Chamber of Commerce, Murat Yalcintas said last week: “It looks like the Formula One race will not be held in Istanbul next year.” However, speaking to Autosport during the week he insisted that it was not over just yet, although admitting that 2011 was a make-or-break year for the Turkish Grand Prix. “ This year will be a turning point in the future of the Turkish Grand Prix,” said Murat. “According to the results of these discussions, the Turkish GP may or may not continue. Both sides have not declared any official opinion yet. The only thing we can say is that Mr. Ecclestone insists on a deal of $26.5 million (€18m) per year, and the Turkish government has not evaluated this proposal positively.” Spectator figures have declined in recent years and in 2009 only 36,000 three- day tickets were sold. Every year since, organisers cover grandstands with black sheeting to hide them from the television, with at least five stands due to be entirely empty this year. Despite seeking a 100% hike in the fee, Bernie Ecclestone says he would be disappointed to lose the event, while hoping that a bigger crowd this year could help persuade the government to hold on to the race. “I think Turkey is a bloody good circuit. All the facilities there are good, everything is good except we don’t have a big crowd,” Ecclestone told Reuters. “I would be disappointed if we lose it but we can’t keep subsidising it.” Adding to the intrigue is Ecclestone’s personal role in the race – his company owns the track and is the promoter of the Grand Prix. “ We have a long lease on the circuit and we have an escape clause. We can escape now if we want to,” he continued. “ When our first agreement was made, they subsidised ticket revenue so everyone was expecting a whole bunch of people to be there and if there wasn’t, the government was going to make up for the missing tickets,” revealed Bernie. “It looks very much like the crowd is going to be much bigger this year, so it means the government’s involvement will be considerably less.” The Turkish Grand Prix takes place this Sunday on May 8th, and will be the seventh running of the race since its debut on the calendar in 2005. Hope remains for Turkish GP to stay on calendar Indian GP track named INDIAN Grand Prix organisers last week officially named their new track the Buddh International Circuit, as preparations continue for the inaugural race in the Asian country. The 5.140 km circuit was originally named the Jaypee International Race Circuit, so-called because of the organising company Jaypee Group. The track’s new logo was also unveiled at last week’s launch. “ The name ‘Buddh International Circuit’ has been chosen with reference to the area where the racetrack is situated – Gautam Budh Nagar district (near Greater Noida),” read a statement from the race organisers. “Because of its location, naming the circuit ‘Buddh International Circuit’ was a logical choice for the company.” The Buddh International Circuit, which is located an hour’s drive from the airport and a 45 minute train ride from the city centre, is costing approximately €170m ($220m) to build, and will house 120,000 spectators when finished. It hosts its first race on October 30th 12