A month ago this column suggested Formula 1 Commercial Rights' Holder Bernie Ecclestone faced a challenge in finding sufficient events to construct a 16-race 2010 calendar, let alone fill 18 Sundays.
Since then the FIA's World Motor Sport Council sat in Paris to judge the Renault crash-fix affair, and bolted a brief 'general' session to the meeting. Thereafter international motorsport's supreme body issued a provisional, 19-slot 2010 F1 calendar.
Bernie Ecclestone at the Grand Prix of Singapore © LAT
FOTA, said Howett, was adamant that contesting the three events, each on a different continent, within a three-week window posed major logistics challenges. Returning to Europe from Istanbul after a back-to-back with Monaco would result in teams reaching their bases too late to repack for their flights to Canada.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken