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Africa could host an F1 GP

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 5 – Formula One Supremo Bernie Ecclestone has launched a bid to have a Formula One Grand Prix in Africa.FERRARI_2009_The billionaire sports entrepreneur, who is also president and CEO of Formula One Management, has already appointed an African representative Surinder Thatthi to thrash out plans for a possible venue.

Thatthi told Capital Sport that Ecclestone has directed that the deal be finalized in good time to enter the venue in the next competition.

“Mr Ecclestone is not a very young, and trust me he wants his dreams accomplished very soon,” said Surrinder.

Mr. Thatthi is part of the 12 member FIA World Motor Sports Council and is credited with the revival of the Kenyan Motor Sports.

As a representative for the formula one supremo, Thatthi will be involved in high level discussions with interested African governments to strike a deal.  

Thatthi has meanwhile intimated that he is in talks with Botswana, who he described as a country that is willing to venture into motor sports, and possibly have the money to invest.

“We have to look for countries that can afford it; here is a country (Botswana) they don’t have a population but the Government says it wants to invest in Formula One,” he said

Ecclestone has recently been involved in a tussle of sorts with Formula One teams over his budget cap proposal.

The teams had threatened to ditch the sport and form a parallel circuit, if the Briton insisted on the budget cap.

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The controversy was quelled with a ‘Concorde agreement’ that allowed, teams to have a choice between the freedom to spend what they choose but within the confines of existing technical constraints, or adherence to a budget cap of £30m that allows a degree of technical freedom.

For now it remains to be seen whether the Thatthi can pull the most difficult of jobs so far and bring to the continent  one of  the most expensive sports.

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  1. james angatia

    September 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    For sure…i heard that on your show! you really are smart! lets see if we can watch formula one in person

  2. edwinabuga

    December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Seems to me that for a lot of Kenyans, their choice of vote is not only influenced by reason. Somehow their reasoning capacity gets overtaken by euphoria. Everything you have shared in this post is true and I find it hard to believe that a significant majority of Kenyans (a majority significant enough to affect the poll results) are oblivious to these facts.

    We need something more than clever logic to save this country…we need God! Let’s pray for Kenya.

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