Grand Prix

First they said it was off, then it was denied, then Normand Legault announces it’s off because of tobacco laws then Ecclestone denies it again. Considering Legault and Ecclestone are supposed to be the best of buddies I get a feeling someone’s screwing with us.

Still, I’ll be royally pissed if we end up losing the race. Both because it’s a moronic law that I dont think will change anything to smoking (find me one person who started smoking because (s)he saw a Marlboro logo on a Ferrari, come on!!) and because there are already a few Grand Prix on the circuit who dont allow advertising and who dont lose their race. Why the hell should one of the most popular stops amongst drivers, fans, everyone, be cancelled for that reason??

J’ai commencé en anglais parce que l’article sur Ecclestone est plus récent et en anglais mais évidemment, on retrouve aussi la nouvelle sur Cyberpresse et parlez moi pas du bruit et des ginos au center ville, 80 millions en retombées et la visibilité internationale, sans compter les centaines de milliers de gens qui trippent F1, ca vaut définitivement 4-5 jours avec certains petits inconforts!


E August 8, 2003

If publicity for tobaco was useless, why do tobaco companies pay hundred of thousands of dollars each years for it ??

Because they have very big hearts ??

Come on

Im totally behind this anti-tobaco-publicity law.

Ill be piss too if we lose the Grand Prix but if they cant find other sponsors, I say too bad, let them go.

Patrick August 8, 2003

1. I dont think a sticker on an F1 makes someone smoke, it helps a company differenciate itself from others. Every actor smoking on screen and looking “cool”, ads targeted to kids (like the Camel thing in the states) and peer pressure are what convince people to start smoking.

2. We are not losing the Grand Prix because it lost sponsors itself, they are doing fine with others. We are losing it because teams who can use those sponsors virtually anywhere in the world can’t when coming to our little island. They lose international exposure from the tv broadcast and dont want to. I would agree with you if it was a race organizer sponsor program but you cant really blame british teams from getting big money sponsors that they can give exposure to in japan, the US, Australia, etc.

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