Zurich Gnome

The journal of a Swiss-based motor-racing enthusiast.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wellness of Spa

I'm not sure whether wellness is really an English word, but it's in the Merriam-Webster dictionary so that's good enough for me. Here in Switzerland there are loads of wellness clinics, or spas, and although I'm not a fan of Saunas or Steam Rooms (you can't read the motor racing news) I do like a good thermal bath. But I digress from the main theme, what is going in Belgium?

It appears that the Belgian GP is now safe. And Miraculously, Bernie Ecclestone will step in to promote the show. Last year, the promoter lost a significant amount of money. Does anyone think Bernie will lose out? Well, I guess he might not actually make money from the takings on the gate but overall, he'll still cash in. Here we have another classic example of how money leaves the sport. Last week Bernie was in Greece, investigating whether there is a possibility to create a circuit near Athens. Is there no end to the appetite to extract money from a sport that really needs to get back to the business of pleasing the fans?

Of course it's ok to make money from motor racing, but please, make sport the main priority.


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