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Formula One circus at a standstill as volcano leaves travel plans in the air

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April 19, 2010
Formula One circus at a standstill as volcano leaves travel plans in the air
Kevin Eason, Motor Racing Correspondent

The Formula One circus has been spectacularly grounded by the Iceland volcano that has shut down European airspace and threatens to disrupt a growing list of sporting fixtures from Europa League football to England’s departure for cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean.

The usual dash to the airport after yesterday’s Chinese Grand Prix was reduced to a standstill as more than 1,000 team members, drivers, officials and media realised they all had a home they cannot get to. Everyone is affected, from team principals to cooks and caterers, who run the team hospitality suites, to Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One commercial rights-holder, even though he has a private plane at his disposal in Shanghai.

The financial and logistical implications for the sport are huge. Today marks the start of a mini-break with three weeks until the Spanish Grand Prix, but airlines are already warning teams that they could be stranded in Shanghai until the first week of May — potentially catastrophic for the race in Barcelona, which is on May 9.

Ecclestone dismissed suggestions that the Spanish race might face cancellation, but he admitted that the planes used to carry hundreds of tonnes of freight — including team equipment and the 24 race cars, worth £1 million each — were trapped in Europe. They are needed to get the cars back to the race team factories, all of which are in Europe, including eight teams, Red Bull, Mercedes, Renault, Force India, Virgin, Lotus, McLaren and Williams, based in Britain.

“The main concern is getting the engines back because they have to be worked on,” Ecclestone said. “But I am sure everything will be all right. There is no question of cancelling the Spanish Grand Prix. Of course, it is causing everybody problems, but we will find a way to get everyone home.”

When asked how he would get the 60 members of his team home, Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, said: “I have no idea. We are hoping somebody comes up with a plan because we are struggling.” The 12 Formula One teams have an estimated 750 staff out here, who will have to be kept in expensive hotel rooms for what could turn out to be weeks at an estimated total cost of more than £100,000-a-day.

The disruption comes after a gruelling five-week spell of races in Bahrain, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. Some team members have been away for that entire time, while others have notched up to 40,000 miles flying backwards and forwards to Europe.

Although this week’s Champions League semi-final, first legs involving Inter Milan and Barcelona tomorrow and Bayern Munich and Lyons on Wednesday will go ahead, doubts remain about Thursday’s two Europa League semi-finals between Atlético Madrid and Liverpool, and Hamburg and Fulham on Thursday. Uefa, European football’s governing body, will make a decision “in the coming days”.

England’s cricketers are still hoping to leave for the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday, with two warm-up matches planned in Barbados before they begin their campaign in Guyana. Carl Froch could be forced to make a 19-hour journey by car and ferry from Nottingham to Denmark after the boxer’s travel plans were wrecked. Froch defends his WBC super-middleweight title against Mikkel Kessler in Herning on Saturday and had been due to fly out last Saturday.

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