Zurich Gnome

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Anyone for Moscow?

If it's Wednesday, it must be time for a new GP rumour. Apparently Moscow is back in the frame to hold a race, with the news that billionaire Abramovich (of Chelse football club fame) is talking to the mayor of Moscow about a Grand Prix.

It's bad enough that rich individuals can buy success by purchasing a team and throwing money at it - Chelsea has so many world class players that many regularly fail to get a game.

But I really hate this "I have the money and want a Grand Prix" approach. I think valuable prizes should be earned, not bought. And sure, it's an opportunity for Mr Ecclestone to add more scheckels to his already overflowing coffers. But he doesn't have to sell the family silver on day one.

Please, please, make them build a circuit, host other races to show that it can be done and then apply for a race.

Why is it fair to say that all teams that want to race in 2008 have to apply by March 2006, and yet circuit organisers can come along when they want? We need stability, not new circuits.


At 9:37 AM, Blogger carl said...

Hi Geoff, won't we get your prediction for Monaco? Do you think Ralf will end the course? Will finally Montagny finish ahead of Sato? Will more than 15 cars finish? Will Webber blow another cosworth? I look forward your visions...

At 12:36 PM, Blogger ZurichGnome said...

Thanks Carl! I think a better question is "Will Geoff have any idea about the race"!


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