A meeting of the Formula 1 Commission which was scheduled for this Wednesday in Geneva has been cancelled at short notice, RaceFans has learned.
According to a commission source present at this weekend’s Marrakesh Formula E round, the meeting was cancelled late last Wednesday, with no reasons given. However, the source confirmed that the notice indicated Wednesday’s Strategy Group meeting will go ahead as scheduled at the same venue.
A second source later confirmed the meeting had been cancelled, adding “time is now more than tight” to complete all regulations changes, agree commercial and governance processes and finalise budget cap details for 2021.
“Maybe they [commercial rights holder Liberty and governing body FIA] realise they’ll have nothing tangible to present to the F1 Commission as this point,” he added.
“Why fly people here from across the world for nothing? It’s a big mess; I don’t see how they can complete it all in time. Maybe we’ll be forced to change the timeframe…”
As F1’s current agreements with teams expire at the end of 2020, the 2021 sporting and technical regulations need to be finalised by the 30th of June.
According to another source, Liberty has scheduled a broadcaster workshop for Tuesday, with a meeting of the Promotional Working Group called for same day, both in London.
In a separate development, RaceFans has learned that Liberty has offered external broadcast contractors reduced rates for 2019, in some instances by over 30 percent.
“I’ve worked with F1 for over 10 years and never missed a single call, now this from Liberty…” one contractor fumed.
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9 comments on “F1 Commission meeting cancelled as 2021 deadline approaches”
13th January 2019, 9:28
I agree it’s a mess. But maybe because they have something bigger to offer? Like going full electric…
13th January 2019, 9:59
You can take the ringleader from the circus, but you can’t take the circus from the clowns…
13th January 2019, 10:06
@skipgamer – it does seem at times to be that way, doesn’t it? For every instance where people say “Give ’em time, they have a long-term vision and plan”, there is a case like this that makes one wonder.
13th January 2019, 15:38
I wonder if this will affect Racing Point — Otmar had been quoted several times with regards to having their new name finalized and approved by a commission meeting.
13th January 2019, 23:36
Let’s kick that can a little further down the road.
14th January 2019, 1:11
Any feedback on the reasons why @dieterrencken ?
Perhaps the recent shake up of Ferrari causing them to be a no show while they get their internal issues sorted?
Dieter Rencken (@dieterrencken)
14th January 2019, 17:31
I think the reasons given by my source are accurate…am told the cancellation doc that was sent to teams and F1 Comm members basically stated that there would be nothing of consequence to vote on…
Dieter Rencken (@dieterrencken)
14th January 2019, 17:33
I believe the reason given by my source is accurate…the cancellation notice sent to teams and F1 Comm members started there’d be nothing to vote on.
15th January 2019, 5:14
Thanks for the COTD @keithcollantine/@dieterrencken
has been a while, though I have also been commenting less, nowadays I tend to get to the round-up a lot later in the day, and often a lot of good things are already said, so I nod and agree (or shake my head and shrug it off).
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