Sunday with Bernie: Korean GP may not happen and F1 in HD?

Bernie Ecclestone is finally admitting what the rest of us all already knew: The Korean Grand Prix may not happen and is badly behind schedule.

On the good news front, though, he’s also saying that Formula 1 could be broadcast in high definition in 2011. Of course, you’ll need an HD signal and TV and whatever else is required. But, still…

First, though, back to Korea. Here’s what Bernie is saying, via Reuters:

“It’s not good. It should have been inspected maybe six weeks ago,” Ecclestone told BBC television at the Singapore Grand Prix.

“It was inspected but it wasn’t passed,” added the Briton.

“We normally have a 90-day check before a race and now we are sort of putting this off.

“It’s quite dangerous what we’ve done actually but it’s a case of do we cancel the race or not? They say it’s all going to be ok, so we hope they are right,” said Ecclestone.

Not much comment to make on that. Who’s surprised? I suppose we can wonder what it means for the championship races if an unknown track goes off the calendar. Who does it benefit and who does it hurt? (If they actually trim back the number of races rather than substitute something in its place, then the drivers further back from the front obviously lose out.)

The HD comments also come via the BBC: “I think what’s being produced at the moment is very, very good but I think we’ll be moving to High Definition, probably next year,” he told the BBC, according to multiple sources recounting his comments.

The word had been F1 wouldn’t get on the HD bandwagon until 2012, so this pushes it forward considerably. I wonder if by that point 3D won’t officially be all the rage, though. I’m not sure this really represents F1 being on the forefront, but I’ll take what I can get.

Will a HD signal back a big difference to you?

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