Yet more bombshells rain down on F1 from the new American owners Liberty Media.
Yesterday, TJ13 broke the story on Liberty Media proposing substantial changes to the F1 weekend:
And yet there is more, this time leaking from the Austrian RedBull centric publication Speedweek who are reporting today that Liberty have expanded on their proposals for a shakeup of F1.
Greg Maffei, Liberty’s managing director, appears to be a self appointed chief strategist for the future direction of formula one with a proposal to increase the number of races in the calendar to 25.
“We are currently at 21 races per year. We see the way in the expansion of the program with venues that are more attractive for TV stations and sponsors.
I recognise mainly Asia and Latin America, in the longer term North America, especially the USA, where we have too few viewers, as expandable. But all this does will not be overnight. “
Ecclestone’s dream of more races per year may yet be realised by 2020 when confessed some degree of support for the proposal:
“We can not make more races at the moment, because the contracts with the racing stables prohibit this.” admitted Ecclestone.
“From 2020, this is no longer the case. Whether we will get more Grands Prix depends on the negotiations with the teams.”.
It must be said that a lot of F1 fans would be buoyed by seeing a return to F1 racing in the America’s, particularly in South America. But can the die hard fan stomach a further reduction of European races?