Welcome to F1Minute for the 28th January 2009.
It’s all circuit news today, starting with speculation that the Belgian Grand Prix could be in trouble. Having made significant losses over the past two years, organisers at Spa are worried that the withdrawal of ING from sponsorship could be a problem. Apparently the bank were big on buying tickets, purchasing 3,000 corporate tickets last year. If they don’t do that this time, it will be a huge blow to the track.
The French Grand Prix, meanwhile, had some hope when the government agreed to allow a race at Yvelines. However, it looks as though strong opposition has caused the minister to reconsider, and other options will have to be looked at.
Finally, BMW have decided to test at Bahrain next month, switching from their original plan of joining the other teams in Jerez. They’ll be in good company, though, with Ferrari and Toyota, and presumably, this is down to the bad weather experienced last week in Portugal.
That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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