Formula One CEO Chase Carey says the first requirement for new additions to the F1 calendar is that the circuits provide ‘great racing’.
Speaking at the FIA Sport Conference in Manila, Carey explained F1 commercial rights holder Liberty Media’s goals for adding new events to the schedule.
“Today, realistically, there are tracks that probably we need to work on that are not conducive to providing the most exciting, best racing. There are some that fabulous. To start we want a track that is going to deliver a fabulous, exciting race.”
Miami is known to be in the running for a place on the 2019 F1 calendar. Carey said more races at ‘destination venues’ is F1’s second requirement.
“We want a site that is going to capture the world’s imagination. We’re in the great cities around the world – we want to use the phrase ‘destination cities’.
“We’re in places where you want people when they look at it on the TV are excited about it and think it looks spectacular. Really capture people’s imagination, and if they go to it it’s even more special. So we want those magical cities, magical countries that really intrigue and fascinate the world.”
The majority of recent additions to the F1 calendar have come about due to government support and investment. Carey says local backing will remain an important consideration for future events.
“To have a successful event we really need a combination of public sector – public government, whether it’s national, state, local – and corporate support. For the events to really be what they can and should be that combination of support from the corporate and public sector are important in really enabling the event to be the spectacle that we really want it to be.”
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