Why Qadbak's F1 plans hang in the balance

Why Qadbak's F1 plans hang in the balance

The Qadbak investment company is pushing ahead with its plans to take the BMW-Sauber team onto the Formula 1 grid in 2010, but that might be a more difficult task than it appears. Dieter Rencken explains

Last week this column analysed the provisional 2010 Formula 1 calendar, concluding that at least two, possibly three, of the 19 events listed were unlikely to be staged as listed, if at all.

Although Hockenheim has now agreed terms with the sport's commercial rights holder, this deal, which lasts until 2018, is not all it seems, for the CRH will be co-promoter and the time-share arrangement with the Nurburgring remains in place, meaning Hockenheim is only to host five races (2010/2/4/6/8), despite the length of the contract.

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