Ecclestone: Liberty Media is in a hurry with new racesDecember 6, 2018
In Liberty Media have repeatedly talked about plans to increase the number of races in the Formula 1 calendar and the desire to expand the geography of the championship, while maintaining historical routes. Bernie Ecclestone is skeptical of such an initiative.
Bernie Ecclestone: “Liberty Media is in too much of a hurry with new races. When we started the negotiations, they said: “We will have 25 races, 6 of them in America.” But when they made their business plan and wrote what they wanted to do, it became clear that they did not know how to do it. This is the problem.
A few years ago we could have a race in Vietnam, but at that time Formula 1 already had a sufficient presence in this region thanks to the stage in Malaysia. In addition, there were races in Singapore and Japan. It seemed to me that if you add another race, then some will go crazy, so I abandoned these plans.
If you tell the local about Formula 1, they will not understand what I’m talking about. I don’t know whether to hold a Grand Prix there or not. Any country is suitable for the race if viewers come there or watch it on TV. But how many locals know what Formula 1? How many people will she be interested in?
Miami Grand Prix? I have long given up on it. This race will never take place. We must be careful with the city tracks. For example, in Monaco or Baku you get real city routes. But using ordinary roads for a race is not the same. In Miami, they wanted to lay a route on the island across the bridge, and such ideas are very difficult to implement. In my opinion, anyone who wants to hold a race in America needs guarantees, he does not want to lose money.
A few years ago, we were already considering the option of a city race in London. But it turned out to be very difficult to implement this project – there are too many restrictions. Everything was ready for me, the route was supposed to run alongside Buckingham Palace. At meetings with local authorities, as well as with the mayor of London, I wanted to find out how much they wanted to pay for it. As a result, we could not even agree about three million pounds. I said: “Probably, this is the cost of bottles of water at the hundreds of meetings that we still have to hold. So let’s just leave it at that. ”