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F1 in China: a view from the fans

Following the recent Chinese F1 Grand Prix in Shanghai, won in controversial circumstances by Lewis Hamilton, China Sports Insider spoke to two fans who had been at the race to get their thoughts.

Peng Wen
Peng Wen

Zhu Xiaoya, 18, is college student who has been following F1 and other motor sports (including GP3) on TV for two years. She traveled from Beijing to Shanghai for the race with her cousin, Peng Wen, a 24-year-old market research analyst, who is a long-time sports fan, but new to F1. Both were attending their first Grand Prix.  Continue reading F1 in China: a view from the fans

Weekly Wrap: F1 F-up, Becks is back, Ding’s title bid and Perfect Pitch

The World Snooker Championships have begun in Sheffield, UK, with world number 2 Ding Junhui looking to add the only major title missing from his resume. Having won five ranking tournaments already this season, he continued his good form, taking a 6-3 lead over Michael Wasley in their best-of-19 first round match, and making the highest break of the tournament so far (136).  Continue reading Weekly Wrap: F1 F-up, Becks is back, Ding’s title bid and Perfect Pitch

China’s F1 antipathy a constant in season of flux

Formula 1 is a state of flux right now. Aside from all the massive rule changes for this season, Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali quit this week, there’s due to be a new US-based team from 2015 and three of the existing teams are reported to be meeting in Shanghai on Thursday to discuss how to make their engines louder, after those new regulations sucked some of the noise out of the sport.

China Grand Prix 2014-2-non_pre_0But the one constant that remains is China’s antipathy to Grand Prix racing. The race at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday will be the 11th consecutive Chinese Grand Prix held there, with current or former world champions winning eight out of the previous 10 races. But after the initial buzz, reality set in.

Here are some of the problems:

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Ping pong boss to China: starting losing please!

It used to be that sports were run by sportsmen and women. But then, as is often the case, money got in the way and sports became more “professional”, so “professionals” were hired to run the sports.

For example, the head of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) used to be former star Chinese player Xu Yinsheng, until he was replaced in 1999 by a “professional”, an electrical engineer called Adham Sharara. The Egyptian-born Canadian also played on the national team for three years, but his biography makes it clear he is a career administrator who played, rather than top player-turned-administrator.

15 years later, Sharara is still in charge and coming out with gems like this:

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Chinese driver’s long road to Formula 1

Sun Zheng is arguably China’s best motor racing prospect right now. There are some much better Chinese drivers than him (like these two for example), but, at 21, Sun has time on his side. On Sunday, Sun became the first Chinese driver to race in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, and drew quite a lot of attention as a result, including this lengthy interview published by CNNContinue reading Chinese driver’s long road to Formula 1

China Sports Insider Ep. 1 – Motor racing in China

Welcome to the first of what will be a series of videocasts with the people who matter in the Chinese sports industry, everyone from athletes and officials to executives and agents.

We kick things off with a discussion with top Chinese motor racing drivers Franky Cheng Congfu and Adderly Fong about the state of motorsports in China today, how soon China can expect to see a team or driver in F1, and which drivers are better – those from Hong Kong or the mainland!

Corruption crackdown in China provides road bump for luxury car makers

McLaren is the latest company to join the ranks of the top-end car market in China, two years after starting production worldwide. Dealerships opened in Shanghai 10 days ago, and in Beijing last week (pictures here), with new showrooms opening this week in Chengdu and Guangzhou.

mclaren-p1_01With around 30,000 new millionaires in China created each year, plenty of people can afford these models, though the ultra-luxury market (which includes the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Maserati) is estimated at 5,000 per year in China. Of more concern is the fact that growth – as fast as 100% annually in recent years – is expected to slow significantly. In addition, these car are often in the news for all the wrong reasons, another sign that sales may fall off. Continue reading Corruption crackdown in China provides road bump for luxury car makers