AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Greg Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media, Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group, and Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA President, talk on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Domenicali: Historic F1 tracks don’t have guaranteed future
F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, has spoken about the future of historic F1 tracks
Stefano Domenicali believes historic venues need to do the “right thing” if they want to be included in F1’s future.
Stefano Domenicali has made his visions for the future of F1 clear. The F1 CEO, who spoke during a Liberty Media Investor call, has spoken about how he wants to expand the calendar and in doing so, some historic venues may not make the cut.
As reported by MotorsportWeek.com, Domenicali has been quoted saying that historic F1 venues cannot rely on their historic past. He said that historic venues which align with F1’s views will still remain on the calendar.
“If they want to be in the calendar they need to be doing the things we believe is right for them and also for us as F1”.
He also stated that historic F1 tracks who rely on their past as a ticket for the future should not count on a guaranteed place on the calendar.
To be arrogant and believe that you have a granted future because you had a race since 100 years, to be very honest is not enough
Domenicali believes that venues with a good view for the future will survive and that is what F1 is looking for.
“That’s why with the so-called historic grands prix we are focused on understanding what is the view of the future”.
He then went on to talk about new races that have joined the calendar. The F1 CEO spoke about Miami and Las Vegas (new races) in conjunction with Austin. He believes the three will work together as they each bring “a different personality and different quality”.
The Future of F1
Stefano Domenicali has made it no secret that he wants the calendar to expand into the continent of Africa. He reaffirmed this vision on the call.
“It’s no secret we are still seeing if there’s a chance to go to Africa. It’s the only continent missing”.
He also spoke about the number of races that is in the 2023 season. Despite others who believe that the high level of events is becoming unmanageable, especially with the inclusion of sprint races, Domeincali supports the 24 race calendar.
“I would say in terms of number, 24 [events] is the right number”.
More and more places around the world want to host a race. Would you rather the historic F1 tracks survive or new races be given a chance?
Feature Image Credit: Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Image
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