Motorsport promoters will have to be prepared to share dates and not engage in “turf wars” over available slots to hold races once restrictions on public events are lifted, says the FIA’s deputy president for sport.
“It will be an enormously competitive and potentially very crowded environment,” said Stoker, “and in one way that’s what we’ve got to hope for. We want to see the return of the enormously vibrant and diverse motor sport environment we are used to. However, it will need very careful management.
“When we look at things such as the International Sporting Code and international sporting calendar, the approach has to be flexible. It’s crucial that we prioritise the staging of events.
“What would be counter-productive would be to get involved in turf wars. Let’s not get involved in disputes about who has got which slot and what prior agreements might specify – that approach will not work. The main priority is get motor sport going again and if that means some ‘super weekends’ with multiple events happening, in co-operation and with flexibility, well, why not?”
Some championships have already announced revised calendars after the pandemic forced the cancellation of hundreds of races earlier this year. Stoker urged championship promoters to co-operate where possible.
“Just getting grassroots events or medium-level national events up and running, so that the confidence comes back, is very important,” said Stoker. “Motor sport has got to pull together, and we’ve got to have flexibility in terms of events and venues and thinking outside the box in order to get things going again in a spectacular way that will obviously attract public interest.
“We should also demonstrate that motor sport remains relevant and a positive influence, through its messaging and actions.”
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