Formula 1 chief Chase Carey has said any new addition to the Formula 1 calendar must encourage overtaking and great racing and that this will be a key point in any new venue securing its place on the roster. Chase Carey said Liberty Media was aware that some current circuits needed some modifications to encourage exciting races and going forward this would be a part of negotiations in securing a place on the calendar.
“First, we want to make sure it’s great for a race. We’ll build all the things all around it [but] it starts with having a track that can provide a great race. Today, realistically, there are tracks that probably we need to work on that are not conducive to providing the most exciting, best racing [but] there are some that are fabulous. To start with we want a track that is going to deliver a fabulous, exciting race.” – he explained.
The Irish-American executive also said that he sees Formula 1 as a global sport, just like the soccer World Cup, which is generally considered to be the most important sporting event of the summer: “I think we want a balance of races around the world. We’re a global sport, we really are unique. There are sports which are followed around the world, Premier League [soccer] has a following around the world but its competition is in the UK – we compete around the world with drivers and heroes from around the world. We are, in many ways, like the World Cup, a unique competition. And we do it nine months a year every year, not two to four weeks every four years. We want to have a balance of events around the world, make sure we continue to build on the foundation, which is Europe for us. We don’t want to have growth being [that] we’re not recognising the importance of that foundation. So take advantage of being able to grow it in America and Asia, while continuing to build on the foundation in Europe.” – the chief executive officer and executive chairman of the Formula One Group concluded.