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Breaking: A1GP Cancels Races, Puts Series' Equipment in Storage

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Rubens Barrichello of Brazil and Brawn GP drives during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Negative CamberCorrespondent INovember 5, 2009

Hey, at least Formula 1 will be around in 2010. [Right?]

The future is not looking so hot for the A1GP series.

All credit to Autosport for getting this one up:

The Chinese and Malaysian rounds of A1GP have been cancelled because the series’ rescue package has not materialised in time.

The scrapping of the races at Zhuhai and Sepang follows the cancellation of the opening round at Sufers Paradise in Australia last month.

This week’s AUTOSPORT magazine reports that A1GP’s administrator is hoping to sell the entire fleet of cars to someone wanting to continue the series, although the cars will need to be modified to meet the FIA’s latest head-restraint and side-impact regulations.

Several key A1GP personnel have now left the company and the series’ equipment has been put into storage after the lease on its hangar at Silverstone expired last week.

There is a ton of information to digest in those few paragraphs. The cars are all for sale. But they need to be updated, so really it is like buying last year’s model. That’s not exactly enticing.

And the folks who probably know how to run things—OK, that might be arguably, too—are gone. So where is the experience and knowledge to go with all the equipment?

And a final thought: Does anyone care?

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