Ecclestone to visit hopeful host Bulgaria

Bernie Ecclestone will visit Bulgaria in the coming weeks as the southeastern European republic looks to join the Formula One calendar in 2011. A Bulgarian delegation led by politician Rumen Petkov met with the F1 chief executive at the ...

Bernie Ecclestone will visit Bulgaria in the coming weeks as the southeastern European republic looks to join the Formula One calendar in 2011.

A Bulgarian delegation led by politician Rumen Petkov met with the F1 chief executive at the Nurburgring on Friday.

The meeting lasted more than an hour, the Focus news agency reports.

"We expect to get a letter from Mr Ecclestone in reference to the talks," he said afterwards in Germany. "We invited him in Bulgaria and he will pay a visit in the next weeks," Petkov added.

F1 drivers said they would welcome travelling to Bulgaria for a Grand Prix, but Sebastian Vettel suggested that efforts should be made to ensure new races can provide an adequate "atmosphere".

In neighbouring Turkey recently, the atmosphere was particularly flat, due to high ticket prices and low local interest in the sport.

"If the spectators are great, if the atmosphere is great - if there are plenty of Bulgarian race fans - it would be nice to go there," German Vettel said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sebastian Vettel , Bernie Ecclestone