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F1 to Adelaide Campaign links:
Original Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/qdfa3213/
This attracted 4 time F1 World Champion Alain Prost and Liberal Politician the Hon. Christopher Pyne to sign it along with many other South Australians and fans around the world.
In late 2011, the Official F1 to Adelaide Twitter Page was launched and has received some big name support from F1 driver Riccardo Patrese, McLaren, Touring car drivers Tom Coronel and Yvan Marshall and European Le Mans Driver Jack Clarke as well as Politicians and local councils from South Australia and Interstate as well as media personalities.
Official Twitter Page please follow: @F1toAdelaide
The Official F1 to Adelaide Promo Video was launched on Youtube and has received over 400 hits! It can be viewed here:
In early January FIA President Jean Todt replied in an email saying: "There are many of us in F1 that would like to race in Adelaide again."
The positive benefits in bringing F1 back to Adelaide:
•Bernie Ecclestone said he will subsidise the costs of hosting the Australian Grand Prix if it becomes a night race.
•It will bring in thousands of Tourists from all corners of the globe to visit our city and other main attractions during race week.
•It will put Adelaide back on the map.
•It will stop other cities abusing us and calling us a "Backwater, Retirement Village or the Whinger City."
•It will help our local small and large businesses.
•It will help our falling Retail Industry especially in places like Rundle Mall.
•It will create new Full Time and Short Term jobs and it will also help our local economy.
•It will showcase our city once again to the whole world that we can host world class events.
•It will show that our Government and our State does have the confidence to do great things instead of holding back all the time.
•It will make our city become a Super Event City and keep the name "The Festival State."
•It will be showcased to millions of viewers worldwide since Formula 1 is the second most watched sport in the world after the FIFA World Cup.
•Putting the race alongside the Clipsal 500 in November would make us have the biggest Motorsporting Festival in the World.
•It will bring big celebrities to our city.
•We could have the possibility of seeing an Australian competing for the World Championship on our very own soil.
Formula 1 is going to sky sports denying a lot of fans the chance to watch the races.
It was announced on 29 July 2011 that Sky Sports and BBC would team up to show the races in F1 in 2012, but that there will be free to air restrictions. Sky Sports will show every single race as well as practice sessions and qualifying sessions ad-free, while the BBC would only have limited coverage, some of which will be delayed and not live.
This petition is calling on the UK Parliament and F1 to ensure that F1 remains LIVE on free to air Television.
Channel Ten and its sports off-shoot, ONEHD, have improved Australia's coverage of Formula One substantially over the last few years. However, the excellent coverage provided by the host broadcaster BBC TV cannot and will not be matched for Australian viewers while a commercial provider has the Australian broadcast rights.
SBS or ABC would provide an excellent solution to the poor state of Formula 1 television broadcast rights in Australia. Australian Formula 1 fans have suffered long enough, and it is time the world's most watched form of motorsport had a suitable home on Australian Free-to-air television.
We, the undersigned appeal to your organisation NOT to grant permission to hold the event in Bahrain given the current situation in the country.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is currently under martial law after the government's lethal crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in March 2011.
Some 30+ unarmed civilians have been killed by security forces (some at point-blank range or as the result of torture). Alleged supporters of the protests have been beaten up by masked government security personnel, arrested at roadblocks and taken from their homes mainly in the 70% majority Shia villages. Some have died in custody.
100's of civilians have gone missing including men, women, children, medical personnel, human rights supporters and pro-democracy politicians.
Secret military trials of civilians have begun with no right of access to independent legal counsel. Four individuals have now been sentenced to death.
There is now no free media in the country and electronic communication is routinely monitored, blocked and throttled.
In a sectarian witch-hunt by the government, 1,000+ individuals have been sacked from their jobs for allegedly participating in the demonstrations. Students have been expelled from schools and universities and some studying overseas have had financial grants withdrawn and threats made against them for supporting the peaceful democracy movement.
By allowing the Bahrain authorities to go ahead with the Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA would communicate to the international community that the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, Formula One Management, its sponsors and participants condone the human rights abuses being committed by the Al-Khalifa government on its own people.
Amnesty International - A Human Rights Crisis
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Ratification of International Human Rights Treaties - Bahrain
On February 14th, the youth of Bahrain started a peaceful movement demanding constitutional reform & more participation in the running of the country’s affairs under the umbrella of a constitutional monarchy.
However, over the span of one month, this movement was faced with a brutal crackdown by the Bahrain regime, culminating into a full-blown attack by the Bahrain police, army and national guard aided by the GCC joint forces led by Saudi Arabia, on the very basic human rights of the people of Bahrain. This led to over two dozen deaths, hundreds injured, over six hundred detainees, over one thousand job dismissals, the demolishing of places of worship and the prevention of religious practices; in what is a clear “sectarian cleansing” process against a majority sect in the country. All this has been in an effort to silence any further dissent.
During this movement, and as an integral part of the society, the athletes in the country also organized a rally in support of these demands for reform. The Bahrain regime replied to this rally by indefinitely suspending and banning around 200 athletes from any local, regional or international play on charges of “supporting the popular revolution in the country”, according to a government official. The regime went further to arrest about 10 athletes incommunicado, along with several staff members of the Bahrain International Circuit from their workplace.
It is important to note that these athletes include regionally and internationally renowned ones, including but not limited to:
• A’ala Hubail (arrested footballer); the 2004 Asian Cup Golden Boot winner, helping Bahrain in the process to reach its first semi-final round at the regional stage. He is also a trained paramedic and EMT who was also acting as a volunteer nurse treating the injured during the brutal crackdown of protesters. His brother, Mohammed (another National team player), has also been arrested.
• Jafar Abdulqader (arrested handball player); also a national handball team player, helping Bahrain reach its first ever Handball World Cup participation in 2011. Other players from that national team have been arrested and suspended.
• Tariq Al Farsani (arrested bodybuilder); an Asian Bodybuilding Champion.
The list extends to many other sports, and the Bahrain Football, Handball, Volleyball and Basketball Federations, along with the Bahrain Olympic Committee, have all backed this decision.
Ever since the Circuit de Catalunya opened in 1991, it has generally been regarded as a track where overtaking is virtually impossible - in fact, the 1999 Spanish Grand Prix saw only one overtaking move in its entire 65 lap distance.
However, it was impossible to not notice that at the 2010 GP2 Feature Race at the Barcelona circuit, British driver Sam Bird overtook cars lap after lap at the turn 5 Seat corner as he drove from the back of the grid to finish in 9th place.
On a circuit where overtaking is virtually impossible, this was a monumental feat.
For the good of Formula 1, there needs to be Full-Time and Professional F1 Stewards- not only for their qualified viewpoints, but also consistency throughout the season.
Too often we see one rule for some and another for others, and lately its getting all too common for the official results to be declared hours, days and weeks after the chequered flag!
After a spectacular season opening race in Melbourne, it was extremely annoying to hear that soon after the result ceremony, Jarno Trulli had been given a 25 second penalty, relegating him to 12th.
The situation of the final result changing after the awards ceremony is becoming far too commonplace in Formula 1 and is ruining the spectator’s enjoyment of the podium celebrations.
The FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) and Formula 1 Administration should first and foremost consider rule changes that benefit the spectacle of the sport therefore the following rule change should be considered.
“After the podium celebrations, the result of the race cannot be altered unless there has been gross misconduct by one of the teams (i.e. the car has been found to be illegal).”
This will ensure that the TV and trackside spectators are guaranteed that the result that they witness is the final result.
“If after the awards ceremony is complete, it was ruled that a driver was involved in a misdemeanour or a rule infringement then the penalty options are; a fine to the driver/team or a grid-place penalty in the following race.”
Many people who attendend the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix were there since the USGP was cancalled.
I asked several people if they would sign a petition in an attempt to bring the race back to the states.
All individuals say they would easliy pay twice for general admission or at least $150 or more for the 3 day pass.
Motorsport in New Zealand has a huge fan base, but is considered to be 'second fiddle' to most other sports such as Rugby, Cricket and Netball. Even though Motorsport was the 2nd most watch sport after rugby in New Zealand it still doesn't get the footage it deserves.
If Sky had a dedicated Motorsport channel then we would see an improvement in the quality of motorsport coverage in NZ and also a boost to the people competing in NZ and overseas.
He is easily the most successful driver ever to have driven in Formula 1.
When he won his sixth championship in 2003, he surpassed Juan Manuel Fangio, whom everyone considered to be the greatest driver ever. Then he went on to add another championship, increasing his tally to seven.
No one can ever come close, or hope to match him. True, he may have been very controversial, but Schumacher won a huge number of fans, and his loss couldn't really have done Formula 1 any good.
His retiring at the top of his game only adds to this perception. And to confirm it, he comes back for his first test after a year, and tops the timesheets on the first day.
Now we have potentially another Schumacher in the form of Lewis Hamilton. Formula 1's viewing figures would soar if the people got to see a season of Schumacher vs Hamilton, the old versus the new. Isn't this opportunity too good to pass?
If you think so, please sign this petition.
Microsoft gaming studios, creators of the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles.
The Formula 1 Grand Prix was relocated from Adelaide to Melbourne in 1996 amidst both fanfare and protest. Hailed as a sporting event triumph by the then government, the site chosen was a major city recreational park of state significance, Albert Park, which was subsequently altered substantially to accomodate the racing track which included the clear felling of over 1000 mature trees.
Ten yeas later, inflated attendance figures keep falling as do the economic benefits, but the abuse of the local area by the Australian Grand Prix Corporate keeps increasing.
The official ticket allocation and attendance has fallen by 25%, however independent reports claim that the actual attendances are much lower. The government makes claims of net economic benefit, which are also questionable.
The cost to taxpayers has risen to over $30 million dollars. While the organisers claim that the value of international advertising to Melbourne is something like $100 million, one would question the value of marketing the world's most liveable city to petrolheads and whether it is worth the pain caused to Melburnians.
The disruption to users of the park is massive, and the time taken to assemble and dissassemble the track takes longer each year, forcing local sporting clubs off their grounds.
Now, during our worst ever drought, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation is using our precious lake water to keep the grass green around the track and to wet and prepare the road surfaces. This is just before Stage 4 water restrictions come into place, whilst the rest of the park is dry and trees are dying, television audiences will see only pristine green grass in the immediate track areas. Inside the park, areas where grass once grew and is now dirt and dust due to the drought has been covered in many tonnes of woodchips for the convenience of spectators, which would seem like a massive waste of trees. The Grand Prix corporation injects little into the massive maintenance costs of the park, of which it contributes significant wear and tear and this is an indirect cost to taxpayers via Parks Victoria.
Furthermore, noise pollution over the Grand Prix weekend directly affects over 1 million people in the inner metro area.
It is time to return Albert Park back to the public and put an end to this abuse of one of our greatest cultural, recreational and sporting icons. We want to make a statemtnet against the government sacrificing parkland for commercial enterprise.