American executive Chase Carey, the chief executive officer and executive chairman of the Formula One Group, was left with mixed feelings after the incident between Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel and his main title rival Lewis Hamilton, during the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, that was the main focus point for the public and media up until the Austrian Grand Prix, which took place last weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
As a showman when head of 21st Century Fox, the global television and movie company, Chase Carey would have revelled in the drama created by the head-to-head between Formula One’s current two most important drivers. However, the leader of a sport in which drivers risk their lives at 200mph and will tomorrow attempt to connect with hundreds of young Londoners at the demonstration event in Trafalgar Square, knowing that sport cannot survive without respect.
Asked to comment on the events in Baku and what to expect from the Sebastian Vettel – Lewis Hamilton rivalry, Chase Carey said: “There are two sides to this story: we want the drivers to be heroes and gladiators and fighting and giving everything in them to win. But you have to recognise that drivers need to compete in the right way. Sports must have rules. Some of (this behaviour) creates drama, with drivers fighting to win but it is not a soap opera.” – the chief executive officer of Formula One explained, as reported by the British media on Tuesday.
Sebastian Vettel leads the Formula One world championship by 20 points from Lewis Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas gaining ground on both men after winning last Sunday in Austria. Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate is just 15 points behind the Briton with Silverstone about to mark the halfway stage in this very long and exciting F1 season.