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Well, the FiA oversees F1 but I don't know how much influence they have over the calendar. That's in the hands of Bernie and the various holding companies who have the commerical rights to the sport, surely?

We're already in Abu Dhabi, don't forget, and whilst this year's crowds were an improvement on last year's empty stands, it still has the feel of a soulless event. Sochi is just around the corner, India will be on the calendar in 2011 construction problems notwithstanding. And of course we nearly lost the British GP because of $$$ and Canada was lost for a year because they couldn't find the funds needed (despite it being one of the best circuits).

So, whilst Todt may have the right idea, the sport as a whole isn't immune from following the dosh.

That said, unless Bernie sets up a meeting with the Sri Lankans, I'd take Todt's words as the truth in this scenario. F1 in Sri Lanka is nothing more than a pipe dream at the moment, in the same way Hambantota 2018 will surely prove to be. The fact that they've been told to focus on karting is a bit of a put-down to be honest; if F1 had a chance we'd be talking about F1's feeder series visiting Sri Lanka, not building a karting track.

Anywho, this does raise another point, how are the Indian Organisers for the 2011 race getting on???

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Well, the FiA oversees F1 but I don't know how much influence they have over the calendar. That's in the hands of Bernie and the various holding companies who have the commerical rights to the sport, surely?

We're already in Abu Dhabi, don't forget, and whilst this year's crowds were an improvement on last year's empty stands, it still has the feel of a soulless event. Sochi is just around the corner, India will be on the calendar in 2011 construction problems notwithstanding. And of course we nearly lost the British GP because of $$$ and Canada was lost for a year because they couldn't find the funds needed (despite it being one of the best circuits).

So, whilst Todt may have the right idea, the sport as a whole isn't immune from following the dosh.

That said, unless Bernie sets up a meeting with the Sri Lankans, I'd take Todt's words as the truth in this scenario. F1 in Sri Lanka is nothing more than a pipe dream at the moment, in the same way Hambantota 2018 will surely prove to be. The fact that they've been told to focus on karting is a bit of a put-down to be honest; if F1 had a chance we'd be talking about F1's feeder series visiting Sri Lanka, not building a karting track.

Anywho, this does raise another point, how are the Indian Organisers for the 2011 race getting on???

Must admit my knowledge of the torturous paths of allegiances and alliances in world motor sport and the F1 are reasonably limited so I'll defer to you on the relationship between Todt, Ecclestone and the FiA Rob.

Having said that I can see your point 100% about the Sri Lankans being told to go back to the very basics...building a go kart track is a bit like the IOC telling a future Olympic bid host to build a school sports carnival track, or FINA advising a wading pool might help secure a swimming world champs.

And you could add Melbourne to the list of F1s that have been in peril recently thanks to financial issues (plus broadcast timing concerns).

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Chinese to build luxury port city off Galle Face

Govt gets US$ 700 million offer for 500-acres of sea land

By Bandula Sirimanna

China which has been increasingly involved in Sri Lanka’s economy, has secured another lucrative deal — creating a new 500-acre, port city on reclaimed land on the sea off the Galle Face Green. A top Government source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the deal, said the government had agreed to the US$700 million offer from a Chinese investor. The offer has been channelled through Chinese authorities.

The securing of the investment was itself announced by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Chairman Priyath Wickrama at a public forum on shipping earlier this week in Colombo but he didn’t disclose the identity of the investor or the country of origin.

Army HQ being cleared for Shangri-La and CATIC. Pic by Mangala Weerasekera

China’s CATIC, essentially an aircraft manufacturer and parts supplier, has bought a 10-acre block of land adjoining the Shangri-La project at Galle Face for a hotel and shopping mall complex. Many other Chinese companies have secured lucrative Sri Lankan contracts for infrastructure and other projects including the harbours in Hambantota and Colombo, with the Government seen to be favouring Chinese entities over others.

Mr. Wickrama said the reclaimed land investment would be on a 99-year lease. But the Government official told the Sunday Times it would be an outright purchase and agreements for the landfill and construction of the new city would be signed soon in a project stretching up to 2014.

The official said the Government wanted to discontinue the practice of long leases of state land and sell them outright (like in the case of Shangri-La and CATIC) based on the valuation of the Chief Government Valuer.

The re-developed land would then be offered to other investors and the private sector, by the Chinese developer under the guidance of Government agencies which would be responsible for the entire design of the project.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority will oversee the reclamation project which will be divided into three segments -- business, residential and leisure. A mini-golf course, a Formula One race track, a small yacht marina and areas for water sports will be created. The feasibility study and an environmental impact assessment conducted by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Moratuwa University have been completed.

Port Authority officials said the Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI) had been entrusted with the task of providing hydrographic and modelling services. Construction work will be carried out under the supervision of the Urban Development Authority, the Colombo Municipality, relevant Ministries and the Archaeological Department.

The Galle Face reclamation project was first announced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the ruling UPFA’s May Day rally last year and subsequently drew protests and concern from environmentalists and residents.

pipe dream coming true :mellow:

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Tell you what, you can have Valencia's place in the calendar if you build something better than what they've got. :rolleyes: Even with DRS, KERS, Pirelli tyres etc. we've just seen by far the dullest race of the season. :mellow:

Genuinly though, how much interest is there in the sport in Sri Lanka and how much of a motorsport culture is there? Just because you get China to build a circuit for you, doesn't mean F1 will want to go there, especially when there are countries like Russia, India, South Africa and possibly France waiting in the wings and ahead of Sri Lanka in the queue.

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how much interest is there in the sport in Sri Lanka and how much of a motorsport culture is there?

omgosh. sri lankas turns airports to a racing track to race.that kind of interest is their. their is long history mate. motor racing started before 1950s in sri lanka(me think).http://www.cmsc.lk/

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Just to clarify, that photo's from China, just so those reading the thread don't think that's a Sri Lankan circuit.

But nevertheless, if the interest is there to fill the stands, and if a good track is created, then best of luck I guess. But the words from the FIA President a year ago aren't hugely encouraging for your chances.

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