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Formula One commercial secret in its unpredictability - F1 CEO Ecclestone

October 11, 2015, 0:55 UTC+3

"Nobody wants to see people killed or hurt. People like to go to the circus and see the high-wire act. It is dangerous. They do not want to see the guy fall, but it could happen." Ecclestone said

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Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone


SOCHI, October 11. /TASS/. An aspect of possible danger, which Formula One pilots are subjected to, is one of commercial benefit aspects of the most prestigious global auto racing sport competition, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone told TASS on Saturday.

Commenting on the secrets of F1 racings’ popularity, Ecclestone said in an interview with TASS "That it [F1 racing] got all of the things that people want."

"It is a dangerous sport," Ecclestone said. "Nobody wants to see people killed or hurt. People like to go to the circus and see the high-wire act. It is dangerous. They do not want to see the guy fall, but it could happen."

On the whole, Ecclestone said, each F1 racing is for the benefit of the country it hosts.

"There is a lot of things it [F1] does for the country and makes the country wake up," Ecclestone said.

Last year the October 5, 2014, rain-affected F1 race in Japan was concluded earlier by the decision of FIA officials after French pilot Bianchi, 25, from Marussia team crashed into the back of a tractor, which was clearing debris in a run-off area from a previous incident.

The French pilot was seriously injured and, while unconscious, taken to a hospital in Japan. Bianchi was pronounced dead this summer as he did not recover from the state of coma.

Following the tragic accident of Bianchi last year in Japan, some of racing experts proposed inventing some type of a cover over an open cockpit of a F1 racing car, commonly known as a bolide.

Asked whether an open cockpit of an F1 bolide would be possibly outlawed in the future and remodeled as part of safety issue concerns, Ecclestone said "No, never."

Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jr. from Scuderia Toro Rosso team was hospitalized after he crashed during the third practice session of the 2015 Sochi GP on Saturday afternoon.

Russia’s Vitaly Petrov, a former F1 racer, told TASS earlier in the day that the crash of the Spanish driver was a result of his own fault.

"F1 bolide is one of the safest racing cars in the world," Petrov said in an interview with TASS. "Pilots crashed into walls on numerous occasions and emerged unhurt afterwards."

"Speaking about today’s crash, Sainz lost control of his car, crashed into barrier and his car slid against it," Petrov, who is the first Russia’s pilot in F1, added.

The 84-year-old F1 supremo is currently in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi for the 2015 F1 Russian Grand Prix.

Race organizers, Sochi Autodrom, reported on Friday afternoon that all tickets for the much-anticipated and popularity-assuming race event in Russia’s Olympic city of Sochi were sold out.

The world’s largest country hosted its inaugural F1 race only a year ago, although F1 CEO Ecclestone was in talks of hosting the most prestigious auto racing sport event sine 1980s.

The 2015 F1 season kicked off with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15, while Russia’s GP is scheduled for October 11 - the 17th out of 21 GPs on this year’s racing calendar.

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