Cape GP: Officials 'ill-informed'

2013-03-11 13:39

In March 2013 we reported that Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone hinted at a Cape Town Grand Prix.

He said he'd like Africa to host a race - as he said a couple of years ago when there was much controversy about using the then new Green Point Stadium as the pits and Wheels24 made a video of the proposed "track"


His hopes for a Cape race have been dashed for now as the city fathers and mothers claim the cost would be prohibitive so have  black-flagged the idea of a Formula 1 race.

Tourism, events and marketing director Anton Groenewald, said: "We are not in favour of it because of the huge cost implications to the city."

Wheels24 reader FRITZ KLAASTE says:

"I don't understand why Cape Town would not give this a thought. The whole world is standing in line to host a Grand Prix and here we have people like Mr Groenewald who I believe is ill-informed for the reasons given in this report. How can a place like Monaco with the exact backdrop like Cape Town, see their Grand Prix as the best annual thing to happen in their city?

The whole world stand still for this three days, and look at the beauty of Monaco. What better window to a city do you want than a potential world TV Audience of around 530 million people?

F1 is the biggest TV sports in the world, much bigger than any other sports event like a soccer, cricket or rugby. If the Mothercity would for any reason host any other sports event, the same reason would be the best motivator for a Grand Prix. Noise levels and cost to City is simply not good enough reasons.

This is bad leadership.These people need to go to a GP and talk to the fathers of F1 Cities to get the clear picture before downing this idea. Unfortunately time is a problem seeing that Bernie Ecclestone would want to ad Cape Town in 2014. Some of the biggest inventors and engineers of the sport are South Africans.

I would suggest that the marine drive is not really the best option, but a street circuit like Monaco that uses Table Mountain as backdrop with a turn at the sea, back through the city toward the mountain. Hopefully the responsible councillors will see the light.

The whole of South Africa will join in if so requested. I firmly belief so. We're just a bunch of petrolheads. We love our soccer, rugby and cricket, but we so dearly love our motorsports.

  • Allan Edward Basterfield - 2013-03-11 15:05

    What an exaggeration......I hardly think F1 has the worldwide appeal that this writer suggests.......why would CT want to compete with Monaco anyway. Both are unique cities with there own special appeal. Cape Town City has made the right decision......get over it!!

  • Riedwaan Amlay - 2013-03-11 23:50

    Not supporting the F1 initiative is being self centered and selfish as this is a huge opportunity to generate revenue as well as job creation. Stop thinking about yourself and allow others to be empowered as well.

  • Manuel Pereira - 2013-03-12 12:33

    Seriously, you think "hosting" a gp is free? Melbourne has made a loss of Eur 156m over 5 years. The "fee" for this privilege is upwards of Eur28m p.a. (i.e. over R300million). Excluding the cost of the track itself, barriers, stands, hospitality etc. F1 owns the TV rights and forget about local companies getting in on the act - remember the World Cup. SA has better things to spend on that another big party for a selected few.

      Nico Basson - 2013-03-12 15:40

      That's Melbourne. What makes you think Cape Town is like Melbourne? Why don't you rather look at the Brazilian GP if you want to compare. Sorry to burst your bubble, but SA is more like Brazil than Australia in terms of economics.

  • Leroy Shaun Petzer - 2013-03-14 11:25

    Here is a link to ticket prices for F1 GP's... http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/21561123 These events are supported to a certain extent by Government funding but the British GP, SA's government are not going to foot the bill for the event. Just think about it 300mil for a GP event or 300mil on home renovations? Where do you think the money is gonna go? The CPT GP will need to have other support event to draw in and entertain the people for 3 days and I dont see it happening. As a huge F1 fan I would love to see the circus in CPT but its just not viable, remember the Afcon Cup was not hosted at Greenpoint Stadium as the costs were to high to make a profit from the event. Dont you think it would be selfish @Riedwaan to spend millions of rands on a 3day event when so many people dont have food, jobs or basic services? F1 abandoned the rebuilt circuit in 1993 after just two races and a bankruptcy on the part of the promoter. So if they cant make a profit in the finantual mecca of Africa what are you smoking to think that CPT will do any better?

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