>


Advertisement
Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
06/27/10
f1
Ecclestone happy with F1 'home' in Valencia
There are some yachts lined up along the waterfront
McLaren
(GMM)  The Valencia street circuit is now a "home" for formula one, according to F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

Ahead of its debut race in 2008, it is believed a seven-year contract was signed.

But the venue has met with criticism, including a 5.4 kilometer layout that has hosted processional races, and a lack of atmosphere due to the absence of many boats in the marina.

There were, however, a healthy 50,000 spectators for Saturday's qualifying session, and Ecclestone is quoted by the local news agency EFE: "I'm very proud and pleased with Valencia."

There are also ugly container ship  loading cranes along the waterfront
McLaren
The Briton said he once thought setting up a circuit in the America's Cup port area was "almost impossible" and a "20 year project completed in two".

"It's a miracle," Ecclestone laughed.

"This is now a home for us.  Today a journalist told me 'this is another Monaco'," the 79-year-old added.

However, Telegraph writer Simon Briggs on Saturday described Valencia as "a poor man's Monaco".

Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
2004200520062007
2008200920102011
2012201320142015

Search Hot News
Search Help