Whilst we are waiting for Spa to get underway I think it is time for a bit of good old fashioned Bernie bashing.
We all know that F1 attendances and tv viewing audience figures have been down recently and there have been two good articles on why this has been the case.
"Final thought: there is an on-going debate about the sport’s dwindling audiences and so on. My contribution is that Bernie’s biggest mistake has been his determination to sell Formula One and new tracks to territories where there is no history or interest in the sport whatsoever while at the same time ignoring some of its traditional strongholds.
These mainly Far Eastern deals are short term and have shown repeatedly that they do nothing to grow the sport. I am thinking of China (empty stadium), Turkey (empty stadium, now white elephant), South Korea (cancelled), India (future uncertain), Bahrain (always a struggle and politically very tricky), Abu Dhabi (a long-term “maybe”).
At the same time as these duds were wasting the sport’s energy, there was no race in the United States for much of the time, or France, a race was dropped in Germany and Italy and even the British Grand Prix was under threat at one point. Isn’t it time for Formula One to play to its strengths, to build on its history, not ignore it?"
"9.The Return of the Austrian GP
Say what you like about the Red Bull organization, they know how to organise an event. The Austrian GP weekend was where F1 was reunited with an old friend. Unlike most new-country GPs, it wasn't a question of spot-the-spectator on Friday and Saturday, it was a sell-out race. It may not have delivered the kind of racing result that the two Dieter Mateschitz teams were hoping for, but it restored the buzz back to F1."
How many F1 fans exist in Azerbaijan?
Bernie is the person responsible for F1's decline by giving places with no real interest in the sport a Grand Prix in exchange for cash to stuff into his already overfull pockets, even allowing for his latest soap opera farce with the German courts.