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F1 Venues Fight To Stay On Racing Series Calendar For 2014 Season
Published August 2, 2013
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RUSSIAN GP: AUTOSPORT's Aleksander Kabanovsky reported Russia "has missed the deadline to submit its application to the FIA to hold a Formula 1 race in 2014." Although work is ongoing at the Sochi venue, and organizers announced last week that they had pencilled in an Oct. 19 date, "doubts have been cast on the event amid a dispute they are having with the Russian Automobile Federation" (AUTOSPORT, 8/1).
CLOSING TIME: In a separate piece, Eason opined "Eccleston was in my hotel. Breakfast was over and I was on my way to pick up my bags to head to the Hungaroring when I spied Formula One’s ringmaster sitting quietly in a corner with Fabiana, his lovely wife." There was "a certain weariness in the handshake although his greeting was as cheery as usual." Perhaps "I exaggerate but when I saw him the other day, in that hotel with a wife half his age and a diary bulging to bursting point, with a retinue of lawyers to talk to and disaffected team owners banging on the door of his daunting blue motorhome, I wondered about Bernie and where it is all going to end." At 82, "Bernie has done so much, achieved so much, made so many people rich and created so many jobs in the motor racing business, yet these suffocating summer days have the whiff of the fall of empire about them" (LONDON TIMES, 8/1).