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F1 – 2007 season

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The 2007 season in F1 is pretty interestingly poised. The uncertainties of F1 have again ruled the roost with Lewis Hamilton seizing control of the championship in the beginning of the season and Fernando Alonso meeting his match.

Alonso has been pipped to the post by Hamilton (a Brit) twice successively in Canada and USA. I am reminded of Michael Schumacher in the early 1990’s (during his days at Benetton Renault) when I see Hamilton.

Renault’s main sponsors have shifted to ING. Ferrari no longer have Marlboro.

There are new kids on the block – Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg etc. Qualifying format has also changed this season – yet again!

This season is going to spring a few surprises.

There is talk of India being awarded a race by Bernie Ecclestone in 2008 or so – its got to be said if this is pragmatic at all – given how slow the Indian bureaucracy is.

But my guess is that F1 will make it to India – given how commercial a sport F1 really is and given the huge fan following that exists for this sport in India and you can have a cool 1 lac+ audience for the event itself – if it is hosted in India. It will also generate a lot of revenue for advertisers and for the sport’s governing body itself – India is after all a huge market behind China with over a billion+ people. Who would not be interested in such a huge market? Also, knowing how shrewd a businessman Bernie really is, I am saying that F1 will make it to India in the next 2 years. Its just the law of economics to its advantage. There is a lot of money here for all of them and they will not miss this opportunity. Its too expensive a miss for them to let go!

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Written by Naveen Athresh

July 1, 2007 at 6:11 pm

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