Bernie rules out Dubai grand prix

Mon, 5 February 2007, 05:01

Bernie Ecclestone has dashed Dubai’s hopes of securing a formula one race.

As recently as late last year, the Middle Eastern emirate was in contention for a grand prix.

At the weekend, however, the 76-year-old F1 supremo unveiled Dubai’s neighbour Abu Dhabi as the sport’s next long-term host in 2009.

Bahrain hosts the Middle East region’s existing formula one race.

Ecclestone said: “This part of the world is now very well served so I don’t see there is a lot of point in (looking) anywhere else (in the region).”

Meanwhile, Ecclestone in Abu Dhabi expressed disappointment in F1’s drivers, after three of them – Sakon Yamamoto, Scott Speed and Michael Ammermuller – stalled their cars during their Saturday street runs to celebrate the announcement of the ’09 race.

The Briton admitted: “This was an appetiser for the main course, but to be honest I didn’t think the appetiser was that good.”


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