Row over F1 supremo Ecclestone's Valencia deal
10 May 2007, MADRID - Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone will do a deal to bring a street race Grand Prix to Valencia only if the ruling conserivative Popular Party wins the forthcoming elections.
10 May 2007
MADRID - Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone will do a deal to bring a street race Grand Prix to Valencia only if the ruling conserivative Popular Party wins the forthcoming elections.
The F1 supremo explained that the deal, bringing a race to the city next year - probably in August - depends on regional government president Francisco Camps winning re-election on 27 May.
"I'm sorry to have to say this now, but I really didn't have the courage to say to the president, when I met him this morning, that we are not going to sign this contract until (then)," Ecclestone told EFE.
Valencia's regional and local elections take place on 27 May.
Ecclestone added: "Everything is in place, we have the contract ready, the circuit is planned, the safety has been improved and everything is in perfect shape."
But his comments brought a swift and angry response from the socialists.
Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, socialist secretary for work and economy, said the terms of the deal were "contemptful of the Valencians who were above conditional offers" and who deserved to better respect.
The announcement took Camps and his Popular Party colleagues by surprise.
If the PP do secure re-election as is expected, the Grand Prix will bring another big tourism boost to Valencia after the Americas Cup.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news